Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). A Scout who attains this rank is called an Eagle Scout or Eagle. Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by more than 2 million young men. The title of Eagle Scout is held for life, thus giving rise to the phrase "Once an Eagle, always an Eagle." Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating Scout Spirit through the Boy Scout Oath and Law, service, and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages. Eagle Scouts are presented with a medal and a badge that visibly recognizes the accomplishments of the Scout. Additional recognition can be earned through Eagle Palms, awarded for completing additional tenure, leadership, and merit badge requirements.
Life Scouts please read the San Gabriel Valley Council's
Life to Eagle Web Page also:
On this Troop 373 Page:
Letters of Reference
Leadership Service Project Workbook
Eagle Scout Rank Application
Eagle Resume Book
Eagle Board of Review
Eagle Court of Honor
Below are a helpfully tips to go from Life to Eagle Scout.
If you see a conflict between this page and the San Gabriel Valley Council's Life to Eagle Web Page documents ask for clarity!
All information must be legible (Typed if possible),
* Read ALL the documents on and listed on the San Gabriel Valley
Council's Life to Eagle Web Page
* BSA Leaders are looking for the Scouts to complete the requirements, parents should not be doing the requirements for the Scout. Parents can answer questions and give feedback to their Scout, but should not be calling or talking to others on the Scout's behalf. Life Scouts be on time, be in charge, be prepared.
* The project idea does not have to originate with the Scout;
however, all of the planning must be the Scout's own. Routine labor, or
a job or
Service normally rendered, should not be considered. There is no minimum number of hours that must be spent on carrying out the project. The amount of time spent must be sufficient enough for the Scout to clearly demonstrate leadership skills. An Eagle service project should be of significant magnitude to be special and should represent the candidate's best possible effort.
* The Scout must secure the prior approval of the project recipient, his unit leader, and unit committee. The project must be reviewed and approved by the Lucky Baldwin District Advancement Chair to make sure that it meets the stated standards for Eagle Scout service projects before the project is started.
* You may start your project if you are working on (or have completed)
your last Eagle Required Merit Badges. But be sure you do not over load
See: the Troop MB List Page - How and Where of MB - Troop 373 MB page
To earn Eagle, 21 Merit Badges are required. 12 Eagle Merit Badge and 9 other Merit Badge. (in 2014 13 Eagle Merit Badge and 8 other Merit Badge).
Here are the 12 required MBs:
Aid MB should be done before or during the following:
Emergency Preparedness - Swimming - Personal Fitness - Camping - Lifesaving - Cycling - Hiking
Note it is: ( Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving *) (Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling *)
Non-First Aid prerequisite: Family
Life - Citizenship
in the Community - Citizenship
in the Nation - Citizenship
in the World - Communications
Management - Environmental
Science or Sustainability
( Environmental Science OR Sustainability *) [ Sustainability will come out in 2013]
Note: The are time requirements in some these merit badges, so Scouts that are 17, start early so you do not run out of time. See: Camping, Family Life , Personal Management and Personal Fitness for time requirements.
Cooking MB will be added on Jan. 1, 2014, the effective date.
Note in 2013 the Eagle Merit Badges
list will change: Sustainability Merit
Badge will be an option to Environmental
Also Cooking Merit Badge will be required on Jan. 1, 2014 for Eagle. If you earn your Eagle Rank in 2014 or later Cooking will be required.
These links to Sustainability and Cooking will take you to a page with more info about the changes.
Four Eagle MBs where used for Star
Rank and 3 more for Life
Rank, plus 2 none Eagle MBs for each Rank.
Any extra Eagle MB not used for Rank can be used as a none Eagle MBs for Rank.
* Before writing up your complete Leadership Service Project Workbook, write up a one or two paragraph summary of your project and get it approved by the Troop's Eagle advisor and Troop 373's Scoutmaster. Your Project cannot be for BSA or a for profit company. It also cannot be just a fundraisers, but you can raise fund for your project if needed. Some places will supply the goods needed for the project, some may not have the funds and you would need raise some or all the funds. Funds can come for a fundraising project (car wash..) or from donations. Before asking for funds at a church or other organizations ask about their fundraising policies. Your family may donate to your fundraisers.
* SGVC notes: "The Project must have some relatively permanent importance. Washing the windows or mowing the lawn of your church, for example, are great ideas, but no where near Eagle Projects. On the other hand, landscaping an area which is just dirt, building facilities (shed, tables, benches, planters) or equipment for your church or school or undertaking a major rehabilitation project (e.g. scraping, sanding and painting) may be an Eagle Project. Always remember that people in institutions such as these may be familiar with Scouting and even with Eagle Project requirements, so they may be better able to help think of things than you would expect. The project must provide you with leadership opportunities, so it cannot be something just the Scout does. The project must, of course, be on your own, even though you must have others help you with it. Two Life Scout candidates for Eagle may not share or "go in together on" a project." Ask your BSA leaders for ideas and if needed and check the web.
* Once you have the OK for your Eagle Project, from the Troop, write
up your detailed plan in the leadership Service Project Workbook.
Once done include before photos, if possible. Have the the Troop's Eagle
advisor approved your written plan. Troop's Eagle Advisor may point out
any needed corrections. Once approved, then make an appointment to have
your Eagle Project Plan book signed by Troop 373's Scoutmaster. Then you
are ready make an appointment with the Lucky Baldwin Advancement Chair
to approve your project plan and check your Full Class A Uniform.
Currently the Lucky Baldwin Advancement Chair meets with the Scouts at
his home, a parent can come and listen, but should not be be part of the
The new workbook it must be used as of January 1 2012, for new projects.
* The following questions must be answered in the Project Description and Planning Details report:
1. What is the project?
2. Who will benefit from this project?
3. How will they benefit from this project?
4. Explain how you expect to show leadership by completing this project.
5. What official from the group benefited will be contacted for guidance in planning the project?
6. What are the specific goals and objectives?
7. What materials/funds will be required for this project?
8. How will these materials/funds be acquired?
9. When do I plan to start/finish this project?
10. How many people will be recruited to carry out the project? (Estimate number of helpers and time to be spent by each)
11. What (if any) training is needed?
* Check your uniform, see the Troop 373 Uniform Page. Correct any needed items. Check that your merit badges are on correctly (not 90 or 180 degrees. out), see the scout book or check online for correct position. Boy Scouts pants, socks and belt are required. Also solid black or brown polished shoes are required.
* Religious Emblems Programs: Scout families must have or order any associated medal from the group (like PRAY) listed in the workbook. The medal is required for Eagle Scouts to wear with the religious knot emblem. Without the metal an Eagle Scout may be requested to remove the religious knot emblem for the Eagle BOR.
* Check Troop 373 Calendar (it would good to check the OA calendar also) before setting or requesting any dates for your project to avoid conflict.. Once approved, get your project date(s) on the Troop's calendar and web page. Tell your SPL about your project, to get it on the PLC agenda. Make a flyer to give out at a Troop meeting at least a month in advance, with your stage announcement. Send a soft copy (Doc, html or pdf) for the Troop web site and emailing. You may also invite family and friends to work on your project.
* Be sure you have two BSA leaders at your project, refreshment are good way to get Scouts to come. Be Prepared. You must have before and after photos of your project, (during are good also).
* It is good to ask a Troop 373 Leader to help you complete an on-line a BSA Troop Tour Plan (Permit). The Leader logs in to myscouting.org/ and selects the two leaders that will be at the project, inputs the date of the project and adds the location. (CPR and 1st Aid are not need for a one day activity) Ask for a copy of the Tour plan to put in your Eagle Book (just after your project work book.). Here is the paper copy link to use as a worksheet to turn in to a Troop 373 leader to input as an online Tour Plan.
* Once you have completed your project have your workbook signed by the organization, and request a letter of completion addressed to you.
* Carrying out the project:: After your Project Description
and Planning Details have been approved for your Eagle service project,
you may begin work on the project. Upon completion, you must submit
a detailed report with your Eagle Scout Rank Application, including
the following information:
1. What was the project?
2. Who suggested the project?
3. How did it benefit others?
4. Was the project of real value to the religious institution, school, or community group?
5. Who from the group benefiting from the project gave guidance?
6. Who from the group benefiting from the project may be contacted to verify the value of the project?
7. How well did you accomplish each of the project objective goals?
8. How much planning/development time did you spend on the project?
9. What were the dates and times for each of the project phases?
10. Who helped carry out the project and what did each one do? (name, job, hours)
11. How did you recruit, motivate, and supervise these people?
12. What training did you provide for these helpers?
13. Did you indeed direct the project rather than do all of the work yourself?
14. What materials were used and how were they acquired?
15. Did the project follow the plan, or were modifications needed to bring it to completion?
16. If changes were made, why were they made?
17. How did you demonstrate leadership of others?
18. What did you learn from this project?
Any additional material, such as photographs, sketches, letters, news articles, and/or samples, should be included in this report.
* As soon as your Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project is completed it needs to be reported to the Boy Scouts of America. Scouting’s Journey to Excellence has replaced the Centennial Quality Awards to measure and reward successful performance of units. One of the requirements is for units to participate in, and report, service projects including Eagle Scout projects. To receive credit, service projects must be reported through the Scouting’s Journey To Excellence web site. Each unit will set up a user to access this site. As an Eagle Scout candidate, you need to collect the information required. Report the hours and project to your Scoutmaster and Advancement Chair..
Letters of Reference
* Once you have started your project, start requesting Letters of Reference, these are mailed to the Troop Advancement Chair and are later delivered to the Lucky Baldwin Advancement Chair unopened. Reference letters are confidential and their contents are not to be disclosed to any person not a member of the Eagle Board.
Seven Letters are required:
1) Parent (one or both)
2) Religious leader (a pastor, priest, rabbi, youth minister or chaplain who knows you personally.)
3) School (principal or teacher) [school counselor, tutor...] (if home schooled and you did not have a tutor, then mom is OK)
4) Employer (if applicable) [or if not employed, someone you have volunteered for or any other non family member]
5) Other letter number 1 (adult who know you personally, a non family member) (Like a neighbors, church members, friends).
6) Other letter number 2 (adult who know you personally, a non family member)
Before requesting letters, check with the Advancement Chair to see that
above requirements will passed.
Next ask if the person if they are willing to write a one page letter for you.
With your written request letter, send an addressed (to the Troop Advancement Chair), stamped envelope. On the return envelope your provide to them, number them 1 to 7, this is so the Troop Advancement Chair can tell you which letters you are missing!
Next give these letter to the Advancement Chair to be mailed!
The Scout must provide the full names, addresses and phone numbers of six individuals -- his parents or guardians
These letters can be the great cause for delay. Scouts with limited time (18th birthday coming up soon) need to stay on top of this project. If you see delays, request a letter from someone else. Having more than 7 letters is not a problem, have not enough letters is a major problem. There are a number of sample request letters you may pattern yours after, Troop 373 recommends this one . SGVC sample. A form letter need not be used, but this one from the SGVC is very good recommend by the Troop Advancement Chair: Check with the Troop Advancement Chair periodically to see if he/she has the reference letters. You may have to call some of your references to remind them to mail them in a timely manner. If you mail your request early, you will have time to request a reference from a different person if any of your requests do not come through. Do not put the names of the persons on your Eagle Scout Rank Application until you are sure which people have sent references to the Troop Advancement Chair.
* Leadership Service Project Workbook tips: You need before and after photos of your project. Before and after project signatures. Log all the time you spend on your project, that includes, research, planing, fundraising (if done), talking to leaders, buying supplies, writing your plans, and getting signatures. Log all the time others spend working on your project, use a sign in and sign out sheet at your project. If you know how use a spreadsheet like Excel or Open Office - (free) use it to easily add up your hours. Here is an excel sheet you can use, but use just the service hours column. Have the Scoutmaster and project organization sign the workbook completion page, before your Eagle Rank Scoutmaster Conference with the Scoutmaster.
* On the Eagle Scout Rank
Application form check all your Rank dates with the Troop's Records
and request a copy of your SGVC records. For the 21 Merit Badges
use to make rank, check that dates are correct. You must have your copy
Record) of the Blue Card for each of the 21 Merit Badge used to make
rank, ask for help if missing cards or signatures. The date for the Merit
Badges used to make rank must before the date you made Rank, use the BOR
date. So for Star a scout must earn 6 merit badges, including 4 from the
required list for Eagle. The 6 merit badges use for Star must have dates
before your Star BOR date, likewise for the 5 merit badges used for Life.
Also see Troop 373 Merit Badge Procedure. If you have any problems talk to the Troop Advancement Chair and / or your Troop Eagle Advisor. Find the Eagle Scout Rank Application at http://www.sgvcbsa.org/programs/advancementawards/life-to-eagle
Rank Dates: The Scout should either find and copy the date listed on his First Class and Star Award recognition (pocket) cards, verify the following through official records from his Troop. It is good to verify the following through official records maintained at the SGVC office also. The date of the Board of Review is the date which should be also on the card or within the database or advancement report. If you have differing dates, ask your advisor for help. Ask for a copy of your SGVC records at the SGVC office help desk.
Registration Data: Life date and birth date are two important questions asked on the application. You must complete ALL requirements for the Eagle Scout Award (including completion of all Eagle paperwork) less participation in an Eagle Board of Review Before your 18th birthday. Boy Scout advancement ends on the 18th birth date of the Scout. The Board of Review can take place within three months after the Scout's 18th birthday with no explanation. A Scout must be active in his unit for at least six months after the awarding of the Life Scout rank; the six months begin with the successful completion of the Board of Review for the Life Scout rank. Verification comes from the date listed on the Life Scout recognition card, or from official records of the Troop or the SGVC.
(After that, Local Councils have another three month “grace period” in which to conduct an Eagle Scout Board of Review for the Scout but a statement by an adult must be attached to the application explaining the delay. A Board of Review more than six months after the member's 18th birthday may be held under exceptional circumstances only with permission from the National Boy Scout Program Division.)
See below for more details on the Eagle Scout Rank Application.
Eagle Resume Book:
* When you begin your Leadership Service Project Workbook, start to work on your Eagle Resume Book, this should be in a 3 ring binder large enough to hold all your Eagle Documents. The 3 ring binder should have cover with your name on it to clearly show it is your Eagle Book. The order of the Documents must be:
1) Eagle Scout Rank Application (Needs the Signature of unit
leader Scoutmaster And Signature of unit committee chair.) [Do
not punch 3 holes]
2) SGVC CHECK LIST - EAGLE SCOUT AWARD (one page) Scoutmaster Signature Print this Link
3) SGVC Eagle Resume, download the Word Documents and complete all required information. download
4) Your Life purpose Letter. about one page ( two pages OK).
5) Your completed Leadership Service Project Workbook with Signatures and photos. (first page is Contact Information)
6) Clear Plastic Baseball card holder for 21 Merit Badge used to make rank, listed on the Eagle Scout Rank Application. You may put all your MBs in also.
7) Extra Material, (not required for Eagle Rank, but nice)
The National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) provides a number of online resources to assist Scouts in earning the Eagle rank — including an electronic version of the Eagle Scout Rank Application and the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook — via their Web site at www.nesa.org .
Eagle Resume Book Again with Notes:
1) Eagle Scout Rank Application.
Do not punch 3 holes for binder mounting, put in sleeve in thefront
of your book.
All information must be Typed on the Application. The current version allows you to fill it out using your computer and then print it.
a) Complete your info and your rank dates. Rank dates are BOR dates, found on your Troop 373 Records (should match you handbook, ask if not)
Use YOUR FULL LEGAL NAME (UP TO 30 CHARACTERS ONLY) List your name, entering one character or punctuation mark per block, the way you wish it to appear on your Eagle Scout certificate. Be sure to leave a blank space between your first name, middle name or initial, and your last name.
Street Address ensure your mailing address is listed here; if you receive
your mail at a PO Box in lieu of a street address, enter the words "PO
Box" (without the quotes) followed by the box number. City, state,
zip and Telephone (Including area code) These are self explanatory; however,
ensure they are legible!
Troop, Local No. This is your unit number. 373.
There must be at least 4 months tenure between First Class Scout and
Star Scout board of review, 6 months tenure between Star Scout and Life
Scout board of review, and at least 6 months tenure between Life Scout board of review and Eagle Application submission.
Did you earn the Arrow of Light Award? Yes or No.
Had you completed fifth grade upon joining? Yes or No
Important Note: If you earn the Arrow of Light Award the second question (about grade) does not matter. If the Scout did not earn the Arrow of Light Award, then the: Had you completed fifth grade upon joining must be a Yes.
Leave blank: Date became a Varsity Scout Date became a Venturer / Sea Scout
b) All work and paperwork must be done and turn in to the Lucky Baldwin Advancement Chair before your 18th Birthday ! if you have errors you may need to return to visit the Lucky Baldwin Advancement Chair again. Scout must have become Life rank at least 6 months before 18th Birthday.
What HAS to be done before 18th birthday?
1. All 21 merit badges
2. 6 months of leadership while a Life Scout
3. Eagle Service Project, with sign offs.
4. Scoutmaster’s Conference
5) Paperwork turned in to Lucky Baldwin Advancement Chair.
What can be done AFTER 18th birthday?
2. Lucky Baldwin District Board of Review and COH
1) Be active in your troop, team, crew, or ship for a period of at least 6 months after you have achieved the rank of Life Scout. Active as in: you have come to some troop meetings, you have come to a campout(s), you have come to a service project(s) and you have a leadership position..
2) Your 6 letters mail to the Troop's Troop Advancement Chair, (Scoutmaster's letter is not listed or counted here). All spaces must be filled, no blanks. (Scoutmaster letter is not listed here, but is needed)
3) Complete the dates of your Merit Badges, cross out
the merit badges not used on # 6 and #9. List # 14 to 21 by date earned,
oldest to newest. List the one or two positions held since earning Life.
(Needs the Signature of unit leader - Scoutmaster and Signature of unit
committee chair.) This is a PDF file, it is best to type in the data and
print it on a color printer. If you cannot do this ask for help, (like,
asking for a color copy) Sign when asked to do so. This is two pages, can
be printed double side or on two sheets. Prepare one original and one copy
of the application itself (Form Number 58-728). It is better to type this
form, but neat printing is acceptable.
Merit badges earned at anytime since becoming a Boy Scout may be used to meet this requirement. One of the alternatives in two categories - either Emergency Preparedness or Lifesaving; and either Cycling, Swimming or Hiking - may be used toward Eagle. The others, if earned, may be used as an elective merit badge if desired by the Scout. The Scout determines which badges will be used to meet the elective merit badge requirements for Eagle. But, the dates of the merit badge must be correct to earn Star and Life. Scout can not use the his last 9 merit badge earned, because the dates on the merit badges will be too new to use for Star Rank. The 21 merit badges, including 12 from a list of required merit badges and their alternates, are required to qualify for the Eagle Scout Badge. On the actual application place a line through the one of the choices between Emergency Preparedness and Lifesaving; and between Hiking, Cycling and Swimming to denote which badge you have chosen in that category. If you choose to use any of those crossed out merit badges as an elective merit badge, you must write in the name of that merit badge on the space provided. See crossed out example: Emergency Preparedness or
Hiking, Cycling and Swimming
[At least 4 required merit badges must be listed by the Star rank date. A total of at least 7 required merit badges must be listed by Life rank date.]
4) Leadership: The Books says: While a Life Scout, serve
actively for a period of 6 months in one or more of the following positions
Boy Scout troop. Patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, senior patrol leader, Venture patrol leader, troop guide, Order of the Arrow troop representative, den chief, scribe, librarian, historian, quartermaster, junior assistant Scoutmaster, chaplain aide, instructor, Webmaster, or
Leave No Trace trainer.
The form gives you two lines to list your positions, the start date can be when you make life (or sooner.) But the dates on the two lines must be 6 months or more of leadership position(s) is all. Date: mm dd yy (month day year - two digits each). Months and days before the 10th should be written with a zero in the first position of the month or date block, i.e., 01 or 07. Date of Life Scout Board of Review here must match exactly the date you entered for requirement 1!
List only those positions served after Life board of review date. ( Do not list leadership dates prior to Life Scout Board of Review date).
The Eagle form only asks about Life Leadership. (not Star). The start date to list, it would be best to list the Life rank date as to not confuse anyone.
Scouts can list more than 6 months of leadership. (If a scout has two leadership positions at the same time, the scout must pick only one to list.)
[ASSISTANT PATROL LEADER and BUGLER are not acceptable leadership positions to use for this requirement.] There must be end a date, use a date near to turning in your paperwork. For your Eagle BOR, they would like you to have a position and a position patch on your uniform! Talk tot he Scoutmaster if this is problem.
5) Project Completion is the day the project organization
sign the workbook. for date: mm dd yy (month day year - two digits each).
Months and days before the 10th should be written with a zero in the first
position of the month or date block, i.e., 01 or 07.
Enter the Grand total of hours from your Eagle Scout Leadership Project Workbook.
6) Date: Scoutmaster Conference Date was held, the last
one use for approval of your work and this is the date you and your unit
leader discuss your life purpose statement. Remember that dates must be
in the form of mm dd yy (month day year - two digits each). Months and
days before the 10th should be written with a zero in the first position
of the month or date block, i.e., 01 or 07.
2) SGVC CHECK LIST - EAGLE SCOUT AWARD:
You only complete the Total number of service hours for you and
all your workers. Sign and date when asked. The check list is found at
these two links
site - check list
use this link.
3) SGVC Eagle Resume, download the Word Documents and complete all required information.
Unit (type, number): Troop 373
a) Offices Held in Unit. This asked for all your Leadership in the Troop, needed to prove you earned Star, Life and Eagle Rank Leadership requirements. If you do not have a current leadership position, ask for one and have that patch on you uniform for all your Eagle meetings. Note not all position can count to rank check is his link.4) You Life Purpose Letter. A paragraph or two about your past (how has scouting has helped you get to today, some of your accomplishments), a paragraph about where you are now (your current troop position, other groups you are in) . Two paragraphs about your future plans, ambition and goals
b) Camping Experience Summer Camps attended, list all week long summer camps you've attended (like: HV, CCV, Circle X, Troop camp outs, OA campouts, Camporee, Jamboree, Scoutoree, Den Chief at Webelos overnighter, Yosemite backpack, Philmount etc...).
c) Memorable camping trips Memorable Camping Trip(s) (of any number of nights): List the camp and why it was memorable, needs to be at least a short paragraph, not just one sentence.
d) Total nights camping. Total BSA Camping Nights ___, looking for nights camped since becoming a Boy Scout. This can count: Troop, OA, Webelos over night helper. You can check out the Troop's web site for a list all past camp outs. Here is an excel sheet you can use to help.
e) Total days on day hikes Total Days hike ___ Looking for days that you hiked (more that a mile) since becoming a Boy Scout. This can count: Troop, OA, as a Webelos- Pack helper. You can check out the Troop's web site for a list all past hikes. (this is not miles, that can be list in other places) Here is the same excel sheet you can use to help.
f) Awards and Special Recognition: Mile Swim, 50 Miler, Den Chief Award, Religious Emblems Programs, Oak Badge, OA, OA office won by vote or appointment, Sports, School, Church, Clubs and more.
g) Service projects you have participated in during the last two years: List all Troop and OA service projects you helped with in the last two year. You can check out the Troop's web site for past events., check the OA calendar also.
h) Briefly describe your Eagle project: Write up a paragraph or two summary of your project.
i) Briefly describe the personal benefits gained from this project: Write up a paragraph or two summary.
5) Your completed and signed Leadership Service
Project Workbook with before and after
1) NOTE: Please omit all instructional pages from the Project Workbook before turning in!
2) Note: The first page must be the completed "Contact Information" page ! (this is not an instructional page!)
* Project Completion Letter. Note this is now required to have a letter from the group you did the project for.
6) Clear Plastic Baseball card holder for 21 Merit Badge used to make rank in the order listed on your Eagle Scout Rank Application (Eagle and then non-eagle by date). You must have your copy (Applicant's Record) of the Blue Card for each of the 21 Merit Badge used to make rank. Do not put in the Baseball card holder the Troop Merit Badge card given with the patch. If you wish you may continue with all your Blue Cards for all merit badges. As this would start your Extra Material. If you have lost a Blue Card ask for a replacement, the date will be on your Troop and SGVC records.
Go back and double-check all names, dates, and unit numbers of each
merit badge listed. If missing signtures ask for help. Also cross-check
the dates against the certificate cards or other methods of date checking.
You must list all merit badges you used to advance to Star and Life. Your
Eagle application must show at least 4 merit badges from the 15 on the
required list, (and at least 6 merit badges total), earned before the Star
Board of Review date, and at least 7 merit badges from the 15 on the required
list (and at least 11 merit badges total) earned before the Life Board
of Review date. All 11 merit badges used to earn Star and Life must
be listed on the application.
The merit badge part of the application is Very important, as the local Council and the BSA’s Eagle Scout Service does perform some checking and verification of the dates and unit in which the merit badge was earned. Errors cause delays in the application process and in some cases, forces the application back to the local Council for clarification. In other words you cannot use a MB earned as a Life Scout to count towards, Star Rank.
You may put all your blue card in if you wish as this would start extra material..
7) Extra Material: (not required for Eagle Rank, but nice to have for the BOR and as a memory book for you [you can add more after you BOR for a special, memory book])
* Project Completion Letter. Note this is now required to have a letter from the group you did the project for.* You can ask a Troop 373 Eagle Scout to share his Eagle Resume Book with with you as an aid.
* Your Project Flyer
* Continue with all your other Blue Card for all merit badges.
* Rank Cards in holder
* Training cards you may have earned. Totin' Chip, Firem'n Chip, etc.
* BSA Membership cards
* OA Membership cards, Mile Swim, 50 Miler, Den Chief Award, Religious Emblems award, Oak Badge, NYLT
* Sports award, School awards, Church awards, Clubs award and more.
* Photos of you as a Troop Scout, like at a camp out or at service project.
* Thank you letters or certificates to you.
* BSA Patches earned by attendance:, Summer camp, camporee, Expo, OA, popcorn sales ...
[* Troop 373 individual Scout record and/or SGVC individual Scout record ( place here after the BOR !! )]
* Once your book is ready have a the Troop's Eagle advisor approve it, before showing it to the Scoutmaster! Troop's Eagle advisor may point out needed corrections. Have a pen a paper to take note on what may need to be fixed. Once approved by the Troop's Eagle advisor, then make an appointment to have your Eagle Rank Scoutmaster Conference with the Scoutmaster, bring your, Eagle 3 ring binder and your BSA Handbook to get signed, he will sign off all the Eagle requirements less BOR . You are now are ready to turn in your Eagle Resume Book to the Lucky Baldwin Advancement Chair with your unopened letters from the Troop's Advancement Chair, call the Lucky Baldwin Advancement Chair for an appointment.
* Note if there is a problem you may be asked by the Lucky Baldwin Advancement Chair to correct the problem and return later. So be sure you have lead - time before your 18th birthday, for anything you or someone else may have over looked. Have a pen a paper to take note on what may need to be fixed.
Eagle Board of Review
* Once your paperwork is approved by the Lucky Baldwin Advancement Chair
(before your 18th birthday), the Lucky Baldwin Advancement Chair will set
up appointment for an Eagle Board of Review - BOR, (this usually
on a Thursday in Temple City, at Troop
161). Tell your Scoutmaster soon about the appointment so he (or a
ASM if needed) can be there with you and your parents. Come in Full
class A and bring your Scout handbook to be signed, come 10 minutes early.
The BOR will talk to your Parents, then Scoutmaster and then you. (Your
Parents may want to bring a camera) You will get your Eagle Resume Book
back at the BOR. Be clam your leadership
and service has brought you to this place.
-------- Congratulations ---------
Eagle Court of Honor
* After passing your Board, it will take 6-8 weeks for the completed Eagle paperwork to return from BSA National Council, it is picked up at the SGVC. Call the Council if you don't hear from them after 8 weeks.
* You will be asked to get your Eagle Scout Portrait taken, this will be hung in the entrance to the Scout Center. After this you will have the chance to purchase the Portrait. Ask about using your Portrait at your COH, they can loan it to you.. You will also get a electronic B&W soft copy, that can be used in your Eagle COH slide show if you wish or a COH program sheet, if you make one. You will be asked if you want to buy any Portraits or photos, this is up to your family.
* It is customary to request Eagle Letters of Congratulations. You may also request from your Congress Rep a US Flag flown over the US capital in the Scout's honor, this will have a small fee, ask. It can take up to 3 month or more to get reply from some Eagle Letter of Congratulations for some groups. This letters are displayed at Eagle COH and put in a memory book for safe keeping. Have the request letters ready as soon as you pass your Eagle board. (Note replies sometimes take months to get from the requested group, a COH need not wait for all the letters, some (only a few) requests ask for your COH date)
* If is customary to have a Special Eagle Court of Honor ceremony. This can be very simple or very elaborate, it is up to you. It can be held with one or several Eagle Scouts. Various Eagle Court of Honor decorations can be reserved at the Scout Center for the Eagle Court of Honor at no cost (see below). A room at SMCC can be reserved for the COH (at no cost), usually 154 or Pritchard Hall, (or the Old North Church) check with the Troop leaders.
* Once you get your Eagle paper work from the SGVC you can buy from
the SGVC an Eagle Award kit.:
An Eagle Award Kit contains; Mother's oval pin, Dad's oval pin, Mentor
oval pin, Eagle badge and Eagle Award Pin all in a case. The Troop
will pay 100% of the cost for the Eagle
Scout Award Kit, Antique Finish at this writing about $$26.99
plus tax at the scout shop, your Eagle paperwork must be shown to buy this.
(If a family want the Sterling
Silver Eagle Scout Award Kit is at this writing about $119.99, the
family would need to pay for this on their own.) If you have already paid
for a kit, let the Troop Treasure know so you can be reimbursed.
A Scout may give out extra Mentor pins, these are sold by the each at the scout shop, families would need to buy them. You can put your Eagle Scout Patch on you uniform as soon as you pass your BOR. Note: BSA National must approve your BOR so there is a short delay to get your Eagle Kit from the SGVC. Once you have the kit you may also get your Eagle neckerchief and slide. The Eagle neckerchief and slide has not been paid for by the Troop in the past and this tradition will continue, one reason is there are a few different types of neckerchiefs and slides available. There are a print and sewn in design Eagle neckerchiefs. There are 3 types of Eagle slides, the Troop's recommendation is to get the large oval one.
In your National BSA Eagle Rank paperwork kit, will be an invite to join the NESA - The National Eagle Scout Association, they have yearly or life time membership, this comes with a magazine to your home. It is up to your family if you wish to join.
Once you turn 18 you can get an Eagle Knot for your Uniform as you cannot have the Eagle Patch on anymore (please change within 90 days after your 18th Birth day). There are two knots one for Eagle Scouts and one for NESA members (with a silver boarder). Likewise you can have an Arrow of Light (AOL) knot if earned in a Pack. The Religious Emblem Knot can stay on an adult uniform, if earned. These are put above the left pocket in normally in order earned. Note the position of the colors and the point on the end of the rope before putting on.. As an Assistant Scoutmaster, an adult leader age 18 or over, who assist the Scoutmaster, can earn the Scout Leader's Training Award in two year.
* Once an SGVC Eagle you will receive a invite to be in the The Pasadena Tournament of Roses's Rose Parade. There is a Fall deadline to sign up, if your BOR is after this date, you will be invited next year. To be in the TOR Troop there is: an application, an interview, a fee (for all neat stuff you get) and mandatory meetings to attend, but it is special experience.
* There are many sample Eagle Court of Honor ceremonies. You can edit
or mix and match as you wish.
Sample 1 Sample 2 Sample 3 Sample 4 Sample 5 Sample 6 Sample 7 Info 1 Info 2
* Check the Troop Calendar (it would good to check the OA calendar also) before setting any dates for your COH. Once approved, get your COH date on the Troop's calendar - Web Site. Tell your SPL about your COH to get it on the PLC agenda. Make a COH invite flyer to give out at a Troop meeting at least a month in advance.
Eagle Court of Honor Troop 373 example
* This is Typical Eagle COH in Troop 373: (you can customize to your
Order of Service
1. Master of Ceremonies: Welcome, call to start, intro self
2. Welcome: Scoutmaster, Troop 373
3. Presentation of Colors: Troop 373 - You pick the caller and color guard. Ask your fellow scouts in advance.
4. Invocation: (Pastor from your Church or the Youth Director from your church or chaplain, chaplain aid or other...)
5. Opening of the Eagle Court of Honor: Lucky Baldwin District Executive or Other Lucky Baldwin or SGVC Staff.
6. Trail of the Eagle: Scoutmaster (The path from Scout to Eagle)
7. Eagle Charge and Promise: Normally from Lucky Baldwin District Advancement Chair (invite him as soon as you have your COH date!)
8. Special Remarks (Family or Friend of Scout, Troop Leader, Project organization....)
9) Recognize any special Guest, Mayor, BSA ,SGVC or LB, OA...
9. Slide Show (Cub, Boy Scout and family photos, ends with Eagle Scout Portrait (Free B& W one...)
10. Presentation of the Eagle Awards: Scoutmaster
(10a Presentation of Mom, Dad and Mentor Pin(s), by Eagle Scout)
(10b Scout Remarks and Thank You to ...- Starts with Mom, Dad and Mentors)
11. Retiring of the Colors: Troop 373 - caller and color guard
12. Closing of the Court of Honor: Lucky Baldwin District Executive or Other Lucky Baldwin or SGVC Staff.
13. Benediction: (can be the same person as Invocation or different)
14 (Reception, can be very simple, cake and punch, or fancy it is up to you ) if at SMCC ask to reserve Pritchard Hall.
Eagle Court of Honor Decorations:
San Gabriel Valley Council's Eagle Decorations:
You may reserve, and use free of cost, one or all of these decorations:
(Stop by the Council during business hours to check out the decorations and reserve what you would like, if available)
1) Rank displays: Tenderfoot to Eagle, with Easel stands
for each rank, comes in wood picture frame. (old but looks nice
2) 6 US Flags with Stands
3) Large Carved Eagle for table display.
4) Large Eagle Rank display box, back light plug in. (SGVC has two: one large and one very large)
At a SMCC closet a Large flower box with a US flag on
it, for Stage display.
Also the Troop Flag and Troop's US Flag are used.
Court of Honor and you:
Reminder for the Troop 373 Eagle Scout COH:
You are asked to bring to the COH:
1) From the SGVC the Eagle kit: An Eagle Award Kit contains; Mother's oval pin, Dad's oval pin, Mentor oval pin, Eagle badge and Eagle Award Pin in a case. Note the Eagle badge Patch can already be on your Uniform. Extra Mentor pins if you wish, you buy at he scout shop.
2) The Eagle neckerchief and slide.
3) Bring your Eagle BOR book for the display table.
4) Bring your Eagle Letters of Congratulations (that you have received). These can be requested anytime after the BOR, some take months to get from the requested group - person)
5) Eagle Scout Portrait, if you have one.
6) Power point show if you are using one at the COH. or use Open Office - (free) for your Power point show, save in Power point and Open Office to be safe.
7) Bring your US Flag from your Congressman, if you have one.
8) Come in Full Class A as your were for your Eagle BOR (Troop neckerchief and slide) . (but Military press is not required)
9) COH program, if you made one.
10) Refreshment is doing a after COH event.
12) Decorations, if any
Blue card holder - Baseball card holder
Also See Troop 373 pages:
* Troop MB List Page
* How and Where of MB
* Troop 373 MB page
* Troop 373 Uniform Page,
* Religious Emblems Programs:
Eagle External Links:
Eagle Help - usscouts.org
Eagle Help 2 - usscouts.org
Power Point Presentation for Eagle Scout Candidates by Mike Walton at usscouts.org
This is a set of worksheets that you can use to gather all of the information you will need to fill out your Application for Eagle Scout Rank Award. From usscouts.org
Project info From /usscouts.org
Eagle Trail Power Point Presentations - submitted by Joe Larkin - Central Florida Council
Eagle Trail From usscouts.org
http://nesa.org/trail.html The National Eagle Scout Association
To Eagle Orientation, San Gabriel Valley Council, BSA ,Valle del Sol District