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Rank Requirements

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Revisions to these requirements,
which became effective on April 1, 1999,
are shown in Bold Underlined print, similar to this paragraph.
Deletions are shown struck through in red italics, like this text.
Unchanged text is shown like this.

The revision shown in Bold Green Underlined text, like this sentence,
(adding the OA Representative positions to requirement 5)
was announced in a letter from John Dalrymple, BSA Boy Scout Division Director of Advancement, dated July 26, 1999.

The positions listed under "Boy Scout Troop" in requirement 5 have been rearranged, but have not been otherwise changed, except as marked.

To see the current requirements with no highlighting of the changes,
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  1. Be active in your troop and patrol for at least 4 months as a First Class Scout. 
  2. Demonstrate scout spirit by living the Scout Oath (Promise) and Scout Law in your everyday life. 
  3. Earn 6 merit badges, including 4 from the required list for Eagle.*
    ___________________________________(required for Eagle)*
    ___________________________________(required for Eagle)*
    ___________________________________(required for Eagle)*
    ___________________________________(required for Eagle)*
    (The required list for Eagle has 15 merit badges in 12 categories. Any of the 15 may be used for this requirement.) 
  4. While a First Class Scout, take part in service projects totaling at least 6 hours of work. These projects must be approved by your Scoutmaster. 
  5. While a First Class Scout, serve actively 4 months in one or more of the following troop positions of responsibility (or carry out a Scoutmaster-assigned leadership project to help the troop): 

Boy Scout troop.

  • Patrol leader, 
  • assistant senior patrol leader, 
  • senior patrol leader, 
  • troop guide, 
  • den chief, 
  • scribe, 
  • librarian, 
  • historian, 
  • OA troop representative,
  • quartermaster, 
  • bugler,
  • junior assistant Scoutmaster, 
  • chaplain aide,
  • instructor or
  • venture patrol leader.
  • Venture crew chief, or 
  • Varsity team captain. 

Varsity Scout team.

  • Captain, 
  • cocaptain, 
  • program manager,
  • squad leader, 
  • team secretary, 
  • librarian, 
  • historian,
  • OA team representative,
  • quartermaster, 
  • chaplain aide, 
  • instructor,  or
  • den chief.
  1. Take part in a Scoutmaster conference 
  2. Complete your board of review.

* A Scout may choose  any of the 15 required merit badges in the 12 categories to fulfill requirement 3. Click here for a complete list of required badges for Eagle.

(NOTE: The footnote to Requirement 3 means that, for example, a Scout can use both Lifesaving AND Emergency Preparedness and/or Swimming, Hiking AND  Cycling toward the requirement of 4 from the required list for Eagle when working toward Star Scout.)  Also note that the asterisks are specifically placed on the lines marked "(required for Eagle)" signifying that the note applies to these badges.

Please note that Requirement 7 - (Complete your Board of Review) MAY be done AFTER the Scout' has reached age 18.  All other requirements must be completed BEFORE the Scout's 18th Birthday.


The requirements above are those for boys enrolled in the Boy Scout Division as members of Boy Scout Troops (including Venture Patrols within Troops) or Varsity Scout Teams. The following requirements apply to boys registered in the Venturing Program (which replaced much of the Exploring program in August, 1998) including Sea Scouts.

  • Any male Venturer who has achieved the First Class rank as a Boy Scout in a troop or Varsity Scout in a team may continue advancement toward Star, Life and Eagle Scout ranks up to his 18th birthday.
  • He must meet the requirements as prescribed in the official Boy Scout Handbook and the current Boy Scout Requirements book.
  • The Venturer may fulfill leadership requirements by serving as president, vice president, secretary, or treasurer of his crew, or as boatswain, boatswain's mate, yeoman, purser, or storekeeper for his ship.
  • The Scoutmaster conference will be conducted by the Advisor or Skipper.
  • A board of review will be conducted by the crew or ship committee.

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