Written by Barbara Barrett Thursday, 04 October 2012 12:33

The two primary items that a Scout needs to complete in order to make Eagle Scout (Eagle Rank Application and Eagle Project) has changed slightly in content and appearance over the past four years, but they have always been the benchmark of the requirements.

Let me take a minute and walk you through the steps.

First nothing gets turned into District, a completed Eagle Rank Application will be turned into Dan Beard Council.

The application lists Six (6) Requirements.


For Initial Council Approval – Only the Eagle Scout Application is required to be turned in for approval.

Once Council approves the Application, Council will mail it back to the Troop’s Scoutmaster.

· During this initial Council Approval, Council is only checking to make sure that all of the dates and data that is listed are correct and that the application has been filled out and signed.

Complete first the General Information at the top of the first page down to Requirement 1, except for the blue shaded area marked For Council Use Only.

Fill in the date for Requirement #1

Requirement# 2

The Scout must list at least five people as references.  This must be filled in completely including name, address, telephone number and e-mail address.

· The Scout will then send each of these people on the list the attached reference letter.

o The person listed should complete the reference letter and mail it back to the Troop Committee Chair or Troop Advancement Chair.

o Once received by the Troop Chair, they are to remain unopened until the Eagle Board of Review.

§ I suggest that on the back of the return envelope that the sender sign their name across the seal and also print “for “scout’s name” Eagle Board of Review”.  That way the Troop Chair receiving the letter will know who it for and what it is for so that they do not open them.

o These Letters ARE NOT sent to Council with the Eagle Application in Step #1 above..

o The Application is turned into Council for the preliminary approval that I mentioned above WITHOUT these letters.

Requirement #3

Complete the entire area regarding Merit Badges.  If your troop does not have these records, you can request this information from Council.

Requirement #4

The Scout needs to fill out the Leadership Positions held and the dates that he held them.

Requirement #5

While as a LIFE Scout, the Scout lists the Name of his Eagle Project, the Date that the Project was finished and how many hours the project took to complete.

· This date will be the date that the Beneficiary signed and dated the Eagle Project Workbook on the bottom of Page 20 in the Workbook (attached).

· The project Workbook is not turned into Council with the Application during Step #1 that I highlighted above.

· The Project Workbook must be present at the Eagle Board of Review and is only submitted to Council AFTER the Eagle Board of Review.

Requirement #6

· Complete Scoutmaster Conference for Eagle.

o The Scout also writes a Letter (statement) of his life’s ambitions, include with it a listing of his positions held in his religious institution, school, camp, community or other organizations where he demonstrated leadership.

§ This letter by the scout is not turned into Council during Step #1 highlighted above.

§ This letter must be present at the Eagle Board of Review and is only submitted to Council AFTER the Eagle Board of Review.

· Signature of Eagle Scout applicant and Date.

· Signature of Scoutmaster and Date.

· Signature of Committee Chair and DATE.

AT THIS POINT, the Application is ready to be submitted to Council for approval as stated in Step #1 above.

Once Council approves the Eagle Application and returns it to the Troop Scoutmaster, the Eagle Scout Board of Review can take place.

· The Troop Committee Chair or Troop Advancement Chair organizes the Eagle Board of review.

1. First they must make certain that they have the approved signed Eagle Application returned from Council.

2. And they also have to have all of the letters from Requirement #2 of the application unopened and ready for the EBOR.

3. Finally they have to have the Scout’s statement of life’s ambitions from Requirement #6.

The Troop Committee / Advancement Chair then contacts me with a choice of dates / times and the location of the EBOR.

Here are some additional links that may help:

Click here for additional links.

Eagle Service Project

1. Project Selection

2. Obtain a copy of the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook #512-927 (fillable pdf format only available)

3. Project Planning

4. Project Execution

1. Project Checklist

5. Project Completion Recommendation for Board of Review

Eagle Scout Rank Application

1. Eagle Scout Rank application #512-728 (fillable pdf format only available)

2. Eagle Application: General Information

3. Eagle Requirement 2: Recommendations

1. Example letter requesting “Letters of Recommendation"

4. Eagle Requirement 3: Merit Badges

5. Eagle Requirement 4: Position of Responsibility

6. Eagle Requirement 5: Service Project

7. Eagle Requirements 6-7: Remaining Items

8. Eagle Application: Unit Approval and Processing

9. Eagle Board of Review

· I’ve attached here the latest “2012” Eagle Rank PDF documents that I use.  These supersede all of the previous versions.

These are what I  use when reviewing a Eagle Project for a scout.

· You will find that a prepared checklist that I have been providing in advance to the scout so that they are prepared and that there are no surprises as to the what content that I am looking for in an Eagle Project.

· I’ve also attached the latest and greatest Eagle Project workbook.  This workbook has been provided by BSA National as the book that all scouts must use for their projects.  I would suggest that you and your scout familiarize yourself with it.

· Also attached are some frequently asked questions about an Eagle Board of review.

Please use this link to find step-by-step explanations of each requirement that is on every Eagle Scout application.

Dan Beard Council advancement to Eagle is now located at:

Click here for Dan Beard Council advancement.

Another great website to view is:

Click here for National website.

NESA is National Eagle Scout Association

THIS ONE however, I believe that you will find pretty much what you are looking for.

Click here for Eagle Trail path.

Keep in mind that this was created by a Troop in Colorado, so some of the particular details are different (such as Council), but for the most part it’s very good.

Finally, this is the home page to It is has been kept very current.  When I ever find some time, I would like to steal this for our District…

Click here for Eaglescout home page.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 October 2012 18:20  

Advancement Newsletter


Written by Barbara Barrett Tuesday, 04 September 2012 20:16


US Grant District Advancement


8/8/12 Advancement Newsletter


Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 September 2012 21:18  

Merit Badge Counselors


Written by Barbara Barrett Wednesday, 06 October 2010 09:38


Click here now to access the Doubleknot List of Merit Badge Counselors.

> Step 1. Login to Doubleknot

> Step 2. Click Merit Badge Counselors in the left menu to begin.


How to be a Merit Badge Counselor

Adult volunteers serving as Merit Badge Counselors must be registered as Merit Badge Counselors with the Boy Scouts of America.  They must be men and women of good character, age 18 or older, and recognized as having the skills and knowledge of the Merit Badge subject matter, as well as, the ability to work with youth of Boy Scout age.



Merit Badge Counselors register by completing the Adult Registration Form (No. 524-501A), using Position Code “42.”  They are not required to pay the registration fee, if they are only registered as a Merit Badge Counselor.  The Counselor must complete the Merit Badge Counselor Information form ( No 34405) take or have taken within two years on-line Youth Protection Training and submit with the application.


Last Updated on Thursday, 26 April 2012 15:05  

Boy Scout Ranks


Written by Dan Wallace Tuesday, 15 June 2010 11:50

Boy Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement method. The Boy Scout plans his advancement and progresses at his own pace as he meets each challenge. The Boy Scout is rewarded for each achievement, which helps him gain self-confidence. The steps in the advancement system help a Boy Scout grow in self-reliance and in the ability to help others.


Joining Requirements
(Scout Badge)
Tenderfoot Rank Second Class Rank First Class Rank

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Star Rank Life Rank Eagle Rank Eagle Palms

Alternate Requirements for
Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class Ranks

Alternate Merit Badges
for the Eagle Scout Rank


Cub Scout Ranks


Written by Dan Wallace Tuesday, 15 June 2010 11:18

On the advancement trail, a Cub Scout progresses from rank to rank, learning new skills as he goes. Each of the ranks and awards in Cub Scouting has its own requirements. As you advance through the ranks, the requirements get more challenging, to match the new skills and abilities you learn as you get older.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 June 2010 11:22