Reaching The Top
The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest and most prestigious achievement a Scout can achieve. Highly respected, the title of Eagle Scout carries with it a special significance not only in Scouting, but also in school, business and the community for a lifetime. To attain Eagle, a Scout must earn at least 21 merit badges, display leadership and outdoor skills, demonstrate by example the Scout Oath and Law and complete a comprehensive service project in the community.
UPDATE 6/25/2020: For any extension granted under this temporary authority on or before June 30, 2020, councils may grant an additional extension of up to 3 months upon receiving another request. Councils should remind Scouts/Venturers/Sea Scouts receiving extensions who need the time to complete their Eagle/Summit/Quartermaster Service Projects to consider making changes to the Projects, including possibly changing Projects, so they can be completed by the new deadline.
To request additional Extension time please submit a second COVID-19 Form
To earn the rank of Eagle a Scout must:
Progress through the Scout ranks in the following order
- Second Class
- First Class
Earn 21 merit badges, including
- First Aid
- Citizenship in the Community
- Citizenship in the Nation
- Citizenship in the World
- Personal Fitness
- Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving
- Environmental Science OR Sustainability
- Personal Management
- Cycling, Hiking OR Swimming
- Family Life
While a Life Scout, a Scout must also
- Serve at least six months in a troop leadership position
- Plan, develop and lead a service project for either a school, community or religious organization
- Demonstrate and live by the Scout Oath and Law
- Participate in a Scoutmaster Conference
- Successfully complete an Eagle Scout Board of Review
Well known Eagle Scouts include
- Neil Armstrong—Astronaut, Apollo 11, First Man on the Moon
- Michael Bloomberg—Mayor of New York City
- Bill Bradley—NBA basketball player and Senator
- Gerald Ford—President of the United States
- Steve Fossett—Aviator and adventurer
- Dick Gephardt—House of Representatives
- James Lovell—Astronaut, Apollo 13
- Jim Mora—Coach, Indianapolis Colts
- Jay Nixon—Governor of Missouri
- Ross Perot—CEO of EDS and Perot Systems
- Mike Rowe—TV Host, Dirty Jobs
- Steven Spielberg—Academy Award- winning director
- Sam Walton—Founder of Walmart
- Ken Whisenhunt—Coach, Arizona Cardinals
Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook (right click and save to desktop or desired location, then opened saved file)
Looking for Eagle Scout project ideas? Visit our community service page for a list of organizations needing help.
Eagle Scouts, their parents and Order of the Arrow members can provide additional support to Scouting by proudly displaying the official Eagle Scout or Order of the Arrow license plate on their vehicles.
Missouri residents should fill out the Emblem Use Authorization form and mail it to the council office along with a $25 check. The Council will process the form and return your application for personalized plates. Take this approved form to your local license office for processing.
Illinois residents can obtain an Eagle Scout license plate application by visiting cyberdriveillinois.com and returning it to a Secretary of State facility.