Pending change to take effect on July 1, 2022:
On November 1, 2021, BSA introduced a new merit badge, Citizenship in Society, which is part of the BSA's DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) Mission "To promote a culture where every youth, volunteer, and employee feels a sense of belonging and to build communities where every person feels respected and valued." As part of the introduction of the new badge, it was announced that the merit badge will become the 14th merit badge required for advancement to the rank of Eagle Scout on July 1, 2022, The total number of merit badges will remain at 21.
Eagle Scout candidates will continue to use the current rank requirements until June 30, 2022, and will not be required to complete the new Citizenship in Society Merit Badge as long as they complete all of the current Eagle Rank requirements before July 1, 2022. They do not have to submit their final Eagle Scout application; nor complete their Eagle Scout Board of Review prior to July 1, 2022, but must complete all current Eagle Scout requirements before then. Starting July 1, 2022, Eagle Scout candidates will be required to complete all Eagle Scout requirements including the new Citizenship in Society merit badge.
A version of the note before requirement 1 was formerly included in each year's edition of Scouts BSA Requirements as a general note for all advancements. That note referred specifically to the requirements and the effective dates which were included in that book. In 2021, since BSA discontinued publishing the Scouts BSA Requirements book, the note was included as an introductory note for each set of rank requirements.
These rank requirements are official as of Jan. 1, 2021. If a Scout has started work toward a rank before that date using requirements that were current before Jan. 1, 2021, except as noted below, the Scout may complete that rank using the old requirements. Any progress toward a rank that is begun after Jan. 1, 2021, must use the requirements as they are presented on this webpage.
- Be active in your troop for a period of at least six months as a Life Scout.
- As a Life Scout, demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Tell how you have done your duty to God, how you have lived the Scout Oath and Scout Law in your everyday life, and how your understanding of the Scout Oath and Scout Law will guide your life in the future. List on your Eagle Scout Rank Application the names of individuals who know you personally and would be willing to provide a recommendation on your behalf, including parents/guardians, religious (if not affiliated with an organized religion, then the parent or guardian provides this reference), educational, employer (if employed), and two other references.
- Earn a total of 21 merit badges (10 more than
required for the Life rank), including these 13 merit badges:
- 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
- Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling
- Camping, and
- Family Life
You must choose only one of the merit badges listed in categories h, i, and k. Any additional merit badge(s) earned in those categories may be counted as one of your eight optional merit badges used to make your total of 21.
Note: Scouts can use Citizenship in Society as one of the Eagle-Required merit badges for Star rank requirement #3 or Life requirement #3 anytime after Nov 1, 2021. For the rank of Eagle Scout, it can be used as an optional merit badge until July 1, 2022. For Scouts who have not completed all requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout by that date, Citizenship in Society will become required. On July 1, 2022, the number of required badges will increase to 14, and the number of optional badges will be reduced to 7. The total number of merit badges will remain at 21.
Name of Merit Badge: Date Earned: 1. _________________________ _________________________ 2. _________________________ _________________________ 3. _________________________ _________________________ 4. _________________________ _________________________ 5. _________________________ _________________________ 6. _________________________ _________________________ 7. _________________________ _________________________ 8. _________________________ _________________________ 9. _________________________ _________________________ 10. _________________________ _________________________
- While a Life Scout, serve actively
in your troop for six months in one or more of the following positions
of responsibility: 9
- Patrol leader,
- assistant senior patrol leader,
- senior patrol leader,
- troop guide,
- Order of the Arrow troop representative,
- den chief,
- junior assistant Scoutmaster,
- chaplain aide,
- webmaster, or
- outdoor ethics guide 11
- vice president,
- den chief,
- chaplain aide, or
- outdoor ethics guide
Sea Scout ship.
- boatswain's mate,
- storekeeper, or
- crew leader,
- media specialist,
- den chief, or
- chaplain aide.
Lone Scout.Leadership responsibility in your school, religious organization, club, or elsewhere in your community.
- While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community. (The project must benefit an organization other than the Boy Scouts of America.) A project proposal must be approved by the organization benefiting from the effort, your Scoutmaster and unit committee, and the council or district before you start. You must use the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, BSA publication No. 512-927, in meeting this requirement. (To learn more about the Eagle Scout service project, see the Guide to Advancement, topics 188.8.131.52 through 184.108.40.206.)
- While a Life Scout, participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
In preparation for your board of review, prepare and attach to your Eagle Scout Rank Application a statement of your ambitions and life purpose and a listing of positions held in your religious institution, school, camp, community, or other organizations, during which you demonstrated leadership skills. Include honors and awards received during this service.
- Successfully complete your board of review for the Eagle Scout rank.12 (This requirement may be met after age 18 in accordance with Guide to Advancement, topic 220.127.116.11.)13
For Venturers working on Scouts BSA Requirements, replace
"troop" with "crew" and "Scoutmaster" with "Crew Advisor."
For Sea Scouts working on Scouts BSA Requirements, replace "troop" with "ship" and "Scoutmaster" with "Skipper."
11 Assistant patrol leader and bugler are not approved positions of responsibility for the Eagle Scout rank. Likewise, a Scoutmaster-approved leadership project shall not be used in lieu of serving in a position of responsibility.
12 APPEALS & EXTENSIONS
If a Scout believes all requirements for the Eagle Scout rank have been completed but a board of review is denied, the Scout may request a board of review under disputed circumstances in accordance with Guide to Advancement topic 18.104.22.168.
If the board of review does not approve the Scout's advancement, the decision may be appealed in accordance with Guide to Advancement topic 22.214.171.124.
A Scout who foresees that, due to no fault or choice of their own. it will not be possible to complete the Eagle Scout rank requirements before age 18 may apply for a limited time extension in accordance with Guide to Advancement topic 126.96.36.199. These are rarely granted and reserved only for work on Eagle.
Merit badges, badges of rank, and Eagle Palms may be earned by a registered Scout or a qualified Venturer or Sea Scout. Scouts may earn these awards until their 18th birthday. Any Venturer or Sea Scout who has achieved the First Class rank as a Scout in a troop or as a Lone Scout may continue working up to their 18th birthday toward the Star, Life, and Eagle Scout ranks and Eagle Palms.
An Eagle Scout board of review may occur, without special approval, within three months after the 18th birthday. Local councils must preapprove those held three to six months afterward. To initiate approval, the candidate, the candidate's parent or guardian, the unit leader, or a unit committee member attaches to the application a statement explaining the delay. Consult the Guide to Advancement, topic 188.8.131.52, in the case where a board of review is to be conducted more than six months after a candidate's 18th birthday.
If yon have a permanent physical or mental disability, or a disability expected to last more than two years or beyond age 18, you may become an Eagle Scout by qualifying for as many required merit badges as you can and qualifying for alternative merit badges for the rest. If yon seek to become an Eagle Scout under this procedure, you must submit a special application to your local council service center. Your application must be approved by your council advancement committee before you can work on alternative merit badges.
A Scout. Venturer, or Sea Scout with a disability may also qualify to work toward rank advancement after reaching 18 years of age if the guidelines outlined in section 10 of the Guide to Advancement are met.
The Alternative requirements are also listed in more detail under Eagle Scout Rank - Alternative Requirements in the current Scouts BSA Requirements book.
Source: BOY SCOUT REQUIREMENTS