last revised 6/30/2020
The Troop 28 Tips — Journey from Life to Eagle Scout & Eagle Service Project tip sheet is a good place to start. We also recommend that you export a PDF Eagle application from Scoutbook (see below for details and instructions).
The Eagle Rank requirements include completing certain merit badges, actively participating in a troop, and completing an Eagle Service Project.
Scouts have until their 18th birthday to advance through all the ranks and complete the Eagle rank requirements. Newer scouts may be unsure of whether they are interested in pursuing Eagle, or even in advancement. However, many scouts who stick with scouting for a few years find that they have already completed many of the requirements just by participating and staying active.
Even if you are not 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) can make
The capstone of your progress to Eagle is the Eagle service project. While you are a Life Scout, you’ll plan, develop and lead others in a service project that will help a school, a religious institution, or our community. The project idea must be approved by the organization that will benefit from the effort, the Scoutmaster, the troop committee, and the district before you start. You should use the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook in planning and meeting this requirement.
You can use this handy Eagle Merit Badge Planner to start thinking about which merit badges you might want to start on, and how to fit them into your busy schedule! A lot of scouts don’t realize they have already completed many of the more difficult, practical requirements for badges such as Camping — or worse, near the end of their Eagle requirements but haven’t completed one of the badge requirements that cannot be done through sheer determination (e.g., you can’t make 12 weeks go any faster, and you can’t just go on a BSA camping trip that involves canoeing or biking on your own).
For your application, we recommend you export the Eagle Scout Application from Scoutbook (click here for more details and information). First, the Scoutbook PDF will be prepopulated with key data including the scout’s name, address, BSA ID number, rank advancement dates, and merit badges. This will save you a lot of copying and researching, and will also be legible!
Second, Troop 28 uses Scoutbook to record scouts’ official advancement history. Even if you decide to complete your record by hand, you should print out a draft application and compare the Scoutbook records to any paper records you may have. In general, if the dates in Scoutbook are a few days or weeks after your paper records, but they don’t impact your advancement (i.e., if Scoutbook shows a merit badge earned after Star or Life rank Board of Review), it probably does not warrant correcting. If you find any discrepancies, please alert the Advancement Chair and provide any available documentation (signed handbook, blue card, camp record, and/or email from scoutmaster or merit badge counselor) so it can be corrected before you submit your application.
To download the Eagle Application from Scoutbook:
- The Scout or parent should log into Scoutbook. Parents should be able to log in with their Scouting.org credentials (or can reset them as needed). If parents do not have Scouting.org accounts, or if they are logged in but cannot see their scout, they should contact the Advancement Chair.If scouts do not have access to Scoutbook, their parents first need to log in to Scoutbook. Then from the main menu (My Dashboard), select My Family / Scout’s Name > Edit Profile > Invite Scout to Connect. They scout must have access to a different email from the parent. Troop administrators cannot grant access to scouts; this can only be done by the parents.
- To export the application, from the main menu (My Dashboard) select My Family / Scout’s Name > Reports > Eagle Application. See the Scoutbook help file for more details and instructions.
- Once downloaded, you can correct or add any missing information into the fillable PDF.
Use the resources below to help you on your path to Eagle!
- Life to Eagle: 10 Step Process
- Life to Eagle Instructions
- BSA’s Eagle Scout Rank Application Process reference
- Eagle Project Workbook (PC version)*
- Eagle Project Workbook (Mac version)*
- Eagle Recommendation Letter
- Eagle FAQs
* Note: Do not attempt to open the Eagle Project workbook in a browser (i.e. Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.) or in programs such as Nuance PDF Converter. The workbook was created in Adobe LiveCycle, which must be saved to your computer and opened with Adobe Reader 9 or later. This enables the user to take advantage of the enhancements of expandable text boxes and importing images. If you try to open it in a web browser or Preview.app, it will display the message “To view the full contents of this document, you need a later version of the PDF viewer. Follow the instructions for PC or Mac to download the file to your computer, then Adobe Reader first, and then open the PDF from within Adobe Reader.
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