EAGLE SCOUT INFO & REQUIREMENTS
Since Arthur Eldred became the first Eagle Scout in 1912, the rank has represented a milestone of accomplishment—perhaps without equal—that is recognized across the country and even the world. Men who have earned the Eagle Scout rank count it among their most treasured possessions. “Eagle Scout” is not just an award; it is a state of being. Those who earned it as boys continue to earn it every day as men. That is why an Eagle Scout IS an Eagle Scout—not was.
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District Advancement Chairs
Sugar Loaf - Steve Hayes
Because of the unique nature of the Eagle rank, the district advancement committee is particularly attentive to advancement from Life to Eagle rank, and has specific responsibilities throughout the process:
Review and approve service project ideas submitted by Eagle Scout candidates.
Participate in unit boards of review for Eagle Scout candidates or conduct district-level boards of review.
Consider and act on appeals from the unit level for Eagle Scout applications and boards of review.
Resources for Eagle Scout Candidates
Life to Eagle: A Guide for Scouts in Gamehaven Council - Scouts should be encouraged to review this document with their Scoutmaster upon earning Life.
Eagle Scout Rank Application - This is a fillable PDF. Save document on your computer when you start working on the application form. Please do not turn in a hand written application.
Eagle Scout Letters of Recommendation Process - There are six letters of recommendation requested to fulfill Requirement 2 for your Eagle Scout Rank Application.
Information Sheet for Eagle Scout Projects - A project synopsis for reporting Eagle Scout projects for publication.
Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook - To be used for Eagle Scout Rank Requirement number 5.
Court of Honor Ideas - For the Eagle Scout recognition ceremony.
Eagle Scout Scholarship Information
There are many college scholarships available to Eagle Scouts. The scholarships are available through the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA), civic organizations, foundations, and even directly from some colleges or universities. These provide good opportunities to get help in covering the cost of a great education.
Scholarships through National Eagle Scout Association (NESA). The application for scholarships now will only be accepted online. If you have copies of the old paper applications, please be aware that OLD APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
There are many other scholarships available to Eagle Scouts. One link to a good scholarship list is maintained at Scouter.com and another is Evansville University, serving as an example of a college/university that has their own scholarships for Eagle Scouts.
THE TRAIL TO EAGLE
The fact that a youth is an Eagle Scout has always carried with it a special significance, not only in Scouting but also as he enters higher education, business or industry, and community service. The award is a performance-based achievement whose standards have been well-maintained over the years. Not every youth who joins Scouts BSA troop earns the Eagle Scout rank; only about 5 percent of all youth do so.
To earn the Eagle Scout rank, the highest advancement rank in Scouting, a Scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service, and outdoor skills. Although many options are available to demonstrate proficiency in these areas, a number of specific skills are required to advance through the ranks—Scout rank, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and Eagle. To advance, a Scout must pass specific tests that are organized by requirements and merit badges.
Merit badges signify the mastery of certain outdoor skills, as well as helping Scouts increase their skill in an area of personal interest. Of the 130+ merit badges available, 21 must be earned to qualify for Eagle Scout. Of this group, 13 badges are required, including First Aid, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communications, Cooking, Environmental Science, Personal Fitness, Personal Management, Camping, and Family Life. In addition, a Scout has a choice between Emergency Preparedness and Lifesaving and a choice among Cycling, Hiking, and Swimming.
Service and Responsibility
Beginning with the Star rank, and continuing through Life and Eagle, a Scout must demonstrate participation in increasingly more responsible service projects. At these levels, he/she also must demonstrate leadership skills by holding one or more specific youth positions of responsibility in his/her patrol and/or troop.