Life to Eagle

This is a set of resources to help Life Scouts and their parents, mentors and coaches, on their journey from Life to the ultimate achievement in scouting:  the rank of Eagle.

There is a big difference in what it takes to earn the rank of Eagle, as compared to the scout ranks before Eagle, up through and including the Life rank.  All of the other ranks require some combination of demonstrating skills, earning merit badges, and participating in service projects.  The Eagle rank is more about leadership.  Yes, there are some additional merit badges required, but to earn the rank of Eagle, a scout must hold a leadership position in the troop, demonstrate the ideals of scouting, and plan and lead an Eagle service project.  Thus this final rank in scouting is focused more on demonstrating leadership.

Planning for the attainment of the Eagle rank should begin as soon as a scout earns the Life rank.  Completing all the requirements will take time, and all the requirements must be completed before the scout's 18th birthday (with the possibility of extensions only in exceptional circumstances).

In Troop 3,  the scout will be paired with an adult mentor to act as a guide and coach. While the mentor will provide advice and guidance, it's critical to understand that the scout needs to take ownership of the process.  What's more, scouts will succeed only if they are truly motivated.

Here are some materials that we have assembled to help guide the scout,  his parents, and the mentors.

Overview of the Life to Eagle process

The process starts when the scout earns his Life rank and decides that he wants to go on to earn the Eagle rank.

  1. Talk to the scoutmaster about the Eagle rank - express your desire and intent to earn your Eagle
  2. The scoutmaster will talk to you about getting paired with an adult mentor to act as your guide and coach
  3. Meet with your mentor.  Discuss what will be required and your timeline for completing all the requirements
  4. Make a plan for earning all remaining merit badges. Be sure an pay attention to the specific Eagle-required merit badges.  Some of them take time and planning to complete.  See this guide to rank requirements.
  5. Plan and execute your Eagle Scout Service Project (see below)
  6. Check your advancement records online using ScoutBook.  If you don't yet have a login, contact the Troop 3 parent who track advancement.  And once you check your records using ScoutBook, if there is any missing information or if there are any errors,  work with the Troop 3 advancement chair to get your records updated.
  7. Hold a leadership position while a life scout
  8. Once all the above requirements have been completed, complete the Eagle Scout Rank Application (see below),  have your scout master conference, and then request/schedule your Eagle board of review.  
  9. The final step is the Eagle Scout Board of Review
And a few things to keep in mind:
  • It's important to stay active in scouting - only active scouts are eligible to earn the active rank
  • Live the ideals of scouting in your daily life and be a role model to other scouts. 
  • Don't put things off to the last minute.  Fulfilling all of the requirements for the Eagle rank takes time, and must be completed before your 18th birthday.  

The Eagle Scout Service Project

Scouts should download, read, and use the official Eagle Scout Service Project workbook. In fact it's a requirement that this workbook be used.  Parents should read the workbook as well - in fact on page 5 there is a section explicitly for parents. 

The Eagle Scout Rank Application

Unlike all the other ranks that are awarded by the troop, the Eagle rank can only be awarded by the council.  Once all of the requirements for the Eagle rank have been completed,  the scout needs to fill out the Eagle Scout Rank Application.  This application will then need to be signed by Troop 3 leaders and by the scout's Eagle Board of Review, after which it will be submitted to the council.  But it's worth having a look at this application early on - don't wait until the last minute.  It requires a lot of information to document the fulfillment of all rank requirements, including dates that all earlier ranks and merit badges were earned.  So it will likely require some time to assemble relevant records.