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Eagle Palm
Rank Requirements

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Revisions to these requirements,
which became effective on January 1, 2000,
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After becoming an Eagle Scout, you may earn Palms by completing the following requirements:

  1. Be active in your troop and patrol for at least 3 months after becoming an Eagle Scout or after the award of your last Palm.
  2. Demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath (Promise) and Scout Law in your everyday life.
  3. Make a satisfactory effort to develop and demonstrate leadership ability.
  4. Earn five additional merit badges beyond those required for the Eagle rank (Bronze Palm/Gold Palm) or last Palm.*.
  5. Take Part in a Scoutmaster conference.
  6. Complete your board of review.

You may wear only the proper combination of Palms for the number of merit badges you earned beyond the rank of Eagle. The Bronze Palm represents 5  merit badges, the Gold Palm 10, and the Silver Palm 15.

*Merit Badges earned any time since becoming a Boy Scout may be used to meet this requirement.

NOTE: Scouts who earn three Palms may continue to earn additional Palms in the same order - bronze, gold, and silver.   All requirements for Eagle Palms must be completed before a candidate's 18th birthday.

Please note that Requirement 6 - (Complete your board of review) MAY be done AFTER the Scout has reached age 18. 

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.

Click here for the guidelines which apply to members of Venturing Crews or Sea Scout Ships.

The following Table shows how many and which Palms should be worn for various numbers of Merit Badges beyond the 21 required for Eagle Scout, and how long it takes to earn these palms ( assuming exactly 3 months between each Board of Review).

Merit Badges
beyond those
required for Eagle Scout

Merit Badges
since joining

number of
Months since earning Eagle
Number of Palms
to be worn
Bronze Gold Silver
5 26 3 1    
10 31 6   1  
15 36 9     1
20 41 12 1   1
25 46 15   1 1
30 51 18     2
35 56 21 1   2
40 61 24   1 2
45 66 27     3
50 71 30 1   3
55 76 33   1 3
60 81 36     4
65 86 39 1   4
70 91 42   1 4
75 96 45     5
80 101 48 1   5
85 106 51   1 5
90 111 54     6
95 116 57 1   6

Page updated on: February 03, 2019

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