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Guidelines for earning the Eagle rank
Central New Jersey Council
- by Joe Sinniger (used with permission)
When to begin
After you receive your Life Scout rank, you should receive the Life to
Eagle packet and the Eagle Rank Application form. Some units provide
this material, other units may expect you to get these items from your Council
Service Center. You will not need the Eagle Rank Application until after you
complete your service project.
To be eligible for the Eagle rank, you must earn 21 merit badges, perform a
service project of significant value to the community, and complete some other
requirements listed in the Scout Handbook. You may begin working on your service
project anytime after you earn Life, regardless of the number of merit badges
that you have earned. You must complete all requirements before you reach your 18th birthday.
The application and other administrative paperwork are not 'requirements', so
you don't have to submit them before your 18th birthday, but the process for
holding your board of review usually begins when the application is submitted,
and there is a time limit on the board of review. You may have
your Board of Review up to 90 days after your eighteenth birthday (this can be
extended for certain situations).
Follow the instructions in the Life to Eagle packet carefully. All the
necessary steps are outlined in the packet and most of the material can be used
in the writing of the final report. Make several copies of the packet and
of the Eagle Rank Application before writing anything. Make all your entries in
the copies and when you are satisfied with your work, then fill out the original
forms. Usually, it takes about three tries before you get the Eagle Rank
Application filled in correctly.
What you must do
Eagle Service Project
Plan, organize, and direct a project of significant value to the
community. Your project must be approved by your unit leader, unit
committee, and council or district advancement committee before you actually
begin working on the project.
- Eagle Service Project Report
After completing the project, prepare a report that discusses your
project. You may start your report whenever you feel ready.
- Complete the additional requirements listed in the Scout Handbook. Then,
complete and submit the Eagle Rank Application to your unit advancement
person or Eagle advisor. You must complete all requirements before you reach your 18th birthday.
The application and other administrative paperwork are not 'requirements',
so you don't have to submit them before your 18th birthday, but the process
for holding your board of review usually begins when the application is
submitted, and there is a time limit on the board of review. Your Eagle Rank Application signed by the
appropriate person at your Council Service Center.
- Eagle Board of Review
After your Eagle Rank Application is signed, arrange to have a Board of
Review. The Board should include a representative from the District
Advancement Committee. If the Board does not accept your application, then
the Board must explain why the application was refused and what can be done
(if possible) to correct any problems. You have the right to appeal
the Board's decision.
- Review by BSA National
After the Board of Review and after the application has been
appropriately signed, return all your paperwork and a properly completed
Advancement Report to the Council Service Center. Council will send this
material to National Headquarters for a final review, which normally takes
about four to six weeks. If National accepts your application, you are now
an Eagle Scout and your unit can begin planning your Eagle Court of Honor to
award you with your new rank.
"Guidelines for Earning the Eagle Rank" by Joe Sinniger (used with
Central New Jersey Council
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