last revised May 8, 2022
The Troop 28 Tips — Journey from Life to Eagle Scout & Eagle Service Project tip sheet is a great place for every new Life scout to start. We also recommend that scouts working on Eagle rank export a PDF Eagle application from Scoutbook (see below for details and instructions).
IMPORTANT for scouts who will not have their Eagle applications SUBMITTED before July 1, 2022. BSA has introduced an additional Eagle-required merit badge: Citizenship in Society (previously informally known as the diversity or DEI merit badge). This will be required for all Eagle candidates submitting applications after July 1st. Specifically, BSA has said:
- At the present time, this is an additional Eagle-required badge (scouts must complete it) but it will NOT increase the total number of merit badges required to become an Eagle (essentially, it substitutes for an Elective badge).
- It DOES count as Eagle-required for Star or Life Rank.
If you are a newer scout and are not yet sure if you are interested in becoming an Eagle scout, you may wish to review some of the Eagle planning resources below to help keep your options open. Some badges are easier to complete than others, so a little advanced planning (or extra thought when choosing from available merit badge programs) help make Eagle rank achievable with a little hard work and determination.
The troop’s Eagle resources are current as of the date above. For the most current, authoritative information on Eagle rank requirements including the latest Eagle Project Workbook, please refer to the BSA’s Guide to Advancement. For information about the Eagle process, deadlines, and contact information, please check out the NEIC Eagle resource page or ask a Troop 28 Eagle Coach.
As you approach your completion date, please check out our Congratulations! You’re (almost) an Eagle!….Now What? page for tips on planning an Eagle Court of Honor, scholarships, and more.
If you are waiting on your Board of Review, keep in mind that BSA updated their requirements for Eagle Palms in 2017. For every 5 merit badges you have completed (in addition to those required for Eagle) by the date of your Eagle Board or Review, you can receive an Eagle Palm at the same time as your Eagle rank (you don’t have to wait an additional six months). So if you have 4, you might want to get another one done in advance!