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Eagle Palm
Rank Requirements

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These requirements were the ones in effect until
January 1, 2000, but have been superceded.

These requirements were revised effective on April 1, 1999.

To see the changes which were made in 1999, Click here.

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

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 the board of review MAY be done AFTER the Scout has reached age 18. 

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: November 28, 2017

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