LIFE to EAGLE SCOUT
NATIONAL CAPITAL AREA COUNCIL
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
2 May 01
This Life to Eagle Procedures Guide is primarily addressed to Scouters helping Life Scouts
earn their Eagle rank. This guide should be provided to each Eagle candidate so that he fully
understands the procedures that must be followed. The guidelines have been outlined to ensure a
smooth process for the Scout, the Troop leadership, the District, the local Council, and the
volunteers who conduct the Eagle Boards of Review. These guidelines have been adjusted, as
necessary, to reflect the roles and responsibilities of Scouts and Scouters from the Mattaponi
The District Advancement Committee exists to serve the Scouts and Scouters. The names in
this guide refer to those adults currently serving on the Mattaponi District Advancement
Committee. The committee does not impose additional standards or requirements for rank
advancement but ensures adherence to the requirements established by National and Council
level authorities. Additional information on advancement can be found in Advancement
Committee Policies and Procedures published by BSA National Headquarters.
Even though this guide addresses commonly asked questions and issues encountered in
completing the necessary steps to advance from Life to Eagle, it is not intended to answer all of
them. If a Troop leader or an Eagle candidate is unsure of a particular step or requirement, do
not hesitate to call your Mattaponi District Advancement Coordinator or the District Eagle Board
Coordinator. A few minutes in phone calls at the right time can save days or weeks of confusion,
with only the Eagle candidate on the losing end.
Life-to-Eagle orientations can be presented to the Troop per requests from the Scoutmasters
or the Troop Advancement Chairpersons. (Note: Schedule these orientations through the District
Advancement Chairman). All Life Scouts, parents of Life Scouts, and Scouters are highly
encouraged to attend these orientations. In addition to providing all of the most current
information on the Eagle Scout service project and requirements, the orientations provide the
opportunity to address recent issues and answer questions.
NOTE: If a Scout has permanent physical or mental disabilities, he may become an Eagle Scout
by qualifying for as many required merit badges as he can and qualifying for alternative merit
badges for the rest. If a Scout wants to become an Eagle Scout under this procedure, a special
application must be submitted to the Mattaponi District Advancement Committee. The
application must then be approved by the National Capital Area Council Advancement
Committee BEFORE THE SCOUT CAN WORK ON ALTERNATIVE MERIT BADGES.
For any advancement questions, please contact the Mattaponi District Advancement
Chairman, Mr. Joe Powell, (540) 898-2710, or District Eagle Board Coordinator, Mr. Rick
Rowdon, (540) 752-2103.
LIFE-TO-EAGLE PROCEDURES GUIDE
NOTE: Steps 1 thru 6 are the sole responsibility of the Scout to coordinate, execute, and
complete prior to his 18th birthday.
1. Eagle Rank: To advance to the rank of Eagle, while a Life Scout, a boy must complete
all requirements of tenure; demonstrate Scouting spirit; obtain all required merit
badges; hold positions of responsibility; plan, develop, and provide leadership to others
in a service project; and participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
Requirements of tenure: The requirements of tenure means a minimum of 6 months
active membership (not necessarily consecutive) in the Troop since the Life Board of
Merit badges: The merit badges refer to the required and elective merit badges, as listed
in the current edition of the Boy Scout Requirements book.
Positions of responsibility: The positions refer to a total of 6 months active service in one
or more specified positions of leadership since the Life Board of Review. The eligible
positions are listed in the current Boy Scout Handbook. It should be noted that the key to
fulfilling the requirements is active participation.
2. Service Project Proposal: The Eagle candidate must select his Eagle service project and
have the project proposal approved by his Scoutmaster (or designee), Troop Committee
Member, Benefiting Organization, and reviewed and approved by the Mattaponi
District Advancement Chairman (or designee). (See attachment A for a step-by-step
checklist for project completion.)
Eagle Service Project Proposal: The Eagle candidate must use the Eagle Scout
Leadership Service Project Workbook (BSA Pub No. 18-927). The most current edition
of the workbook can be obtained by calling the National Capital Area Council (NCAC)
Program Office at (301) 530-9360, or it can downloaded from the Internet at
bsa.scouting.org website. The workbook provides details on project requirements and a
format that gives the Scout a step-by-step guide through the process, all the way to
writing the report. His first task is to prepare and submit a project proposal as denoted in
the workbook. The project is reviewed and approved by a representative from the
organization benefiting from the project, the Scoutmaster (or a designated counselor), a
Troop committee member, and finally the last signature is by the Mattaponi District
Advancement Chairman (or designee). There are designated adults throughout the
District counties to assist in the project approval process, contact the Mattaponi District
Advancement Chairman, Mr. Joe Powell, 540-898-2710, to obtain the current list. These
signatures must be in place BEFORE THE PROJECT IS STARTED. The Eagle
candidate will make the initial contacts and do preliminary project planning as part of the
project proposal preparation, and then obtain the approvals outlined above prior to
starting work on the project itself. The workbook will be used for writing up the proposal
and getting the necessary approvals. All signatures, dates, and write ups will begin in the
workbook with extra pages added as necessary. The workbook with the approved project
proposal should be kept in a safe place since it is part of the required documentation. If a
significant change is necessary after the project proposal has been approved, a revised
proposal should be submitted in a new workbook with all new signatures. Minor changes
do not need to go through this process. What constitutes a significant change is hard to
define and must be handled on a case-by-case basis. If in doubt, contact the Mattaponi
District Advancement Chairman for clarification.
3. Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook: The workbook must be properly
filled out. (See attachment B for a checklist for a completed project workbook.)
Service Project Report: This report is included in the workbook under the sections
headed Carrying Out and Notes. The report must contain the following information:
• What was the project? Use maps, charts, diagrams, and pictures to help
supplement the text.
• What was the significance of the project, and how did it benefit others?
Information included in the proposal section of the workbook, that has not
changed, need not be repeated in the report section.
• What was involved in identifying and setting up the project (planning and
• Who provided guidance and advice on the project (e.g., representative of the
benefiting organization, advisors on the technical aspects of the project, etc.?)
• Who helped carry out the project and how much time was spent?
• What materials, equipment, or tools were used and how were they obtained?
• Other aspects such as safety, transportation, refreshments, etc., should be
• There is no length requirement for project reports. The report should be long
enough to get the point across. Additional pages can be inserted in the workbook
if the Scout runs out of room in the space provided. Remember all text should
start in the workbook and then additional sheets, photographs, maps, charts, etc.,
are to be added as necessary to complete the report.
MOST IMPORTANT: Major emphasis should be placed in explaining how the Eagle
candidate carried out the project in terms of planning, developing the project, and
demonstrating leadership to others. This can include how leadership was used to get the
job done, what worked and what didn’t work, lessons learned from the project, and
perhaps what would have been done differently if it had to be done over again.
4. Eagle Scout Rank Application: It is imperative that all requirements for the Eagle rank
be completed prior to the candidate’s 18th birthday. When all requirements for the
rank of Eagle, including the service project, have been completed, an Eagle Scout Rank
Application must be filled out. (See attachment B for a checklist for a completed
NCAC has delegated the review of the Eagle Scout Rank Application to the District.
The official (red, white, blue) Eagle Scout Rank Application must be used. This
application can be obtained from the NCAC Program Office (301) 530-9360.
To help alleviate some common pitfalls in filling out the application, the following
guidelines are provided:
• Make sure the complete mailing address is included for the references.
• Be sure that all references were notified and permission granted to use personal
information on the form.
• Do not use any abbreviations, except state abbreviations.
• Always include the day when recording dates and use month, day, year format.
• Use board or review dates for rank advancement.
• List the date the merit badge counselor signed the card.
• Leadership positions held as a Life Scout are the only acceptable positions for the
• A statement of the Scout’s ambitions and life purpose, and a listing of positions
held in his religious institution, school, camp, community, or other organizations
during which he demonstrated leadership skills. Include honors and awards
received during this service. This is Requirement 6, and is written on separate
sheets of paper and submitted with the application.
• Make sure that all entries are clearly legible.
5. Troop Review: The Scoutmaster at the proper place (Signature of Unit Leader) must
sign the Eagle Scout Rank Application. This process generally serves as the
Scoutmaster’s conference, but the Scoutmaster may hold a separate individual
conference with the Scout as well. The Troop committee chairman also reviews and
approves the record of the Eagle candidate by signing the application (Signature of Unit
Committee Chairman). Both of these signatures must be in place before the Eagle
candidate appears before the District Eagle Board of Review.
After the Scout has completed his workbook, and the application, he should meet with the
Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, or Troop committee member to review the
application, and all supporting documentation for accuracy of dates and completeness.
When the package has been finalized and all Troop reviews satisfied, the Scoutmaster,
Scout, and a Troop Committee Chairman must sign the application form.
Recordkeeping: Recordkeeping is a critical element in the Eagle advancement program.
The records used for this review are as follows:
• TroopMaster printout signed by the Troop Advancement Chairman verifying the
correctness and accuracy of merit badge and advancement dates.
• Blue Merit Badge Application Cards signed off by the merit badge counselor. Note:
The date when the counselor signed the card for completion is the date used on the
front of the Eagle Scout application.
• The Scout’s Boy Scout Handbook with the rank requirements signed off and dated.
• The Rank Advancement or Merit Badge Recognition Cards usually handed out at a
Troop court of honor.
All of the supporting advancement records, the Eagle application, the Life Purpose and
Ambition statement, the list of extracurricular activities outside of Scouting, and the
service project workbook with all supporting documentation should be organized in an
appropriate loose leaf notebook. This package is referred to as the Eagle package and is
used to help facilitate further reviews by the District.
NOTE: The signatures of the Troop adult leaders verify the accuracy of all information
on the application in relation to the Troop’s records and completeness of the service
6. District Review: Upon completion of all Troop reviews the Eagle candidate submits the
Eagle package to the District Eagle Board Coordinator for review.
Upon receiving final reviews and signatures at the Troop level the Scout may now
contact the Mattaponi District Eagle Board Coordinator, Mr. Rick Rowdon, (540) 752-
2103, or his designee, for District review.
The Scoutmaster or a Troop committee member should ensure that the District Eagle
Board Coordinator receives the Eagle package for review approximately two weeks prior
to the desired Eagle Board of Review date. The Eagle package will be left with the
District Eagle Board Coordinator for an initial review to verify that the package is
complete and ready for a board of review. It may be necessary for the Scout to meet with
the District Eagle Board Coordinator to provide clarification of any issues as felt
necessary to complete the package. It is hopeful that the Troop reviews were thorough
and that any changes to the package at this point would be minor.
NOTE: The Eagle candidate’s current registration in scouting must be verified by the
District. The Eagle candidate should have his personal registration card. The Troop
records should also reflect the candidate’s registration status.
Eagle Package: A complete Eagle package consists of six items. The Mattaponi District
will not convene an Eagle Board of Review until all six items are provided.
(1) Eagle Scout Rank Application: A completed original application (red, white,
and blue form). The most current version must be used.
(2) Requirement 6, Eagle Scout Rank Application: Statements of the Scout’s
ambitions and life purpose, and a listing of participation in his religious institution,
school, camp, community, or other organizations during which he demonstrated
leadership skills. Include honors and awards received.
(3) Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook: A completed workbook
with all signatures, dates, photographs, proposal descriptions and a final report
describing how the project was carried out and highlighting how leadership was
(4) Advancement Report Form (Form 4403B): The Eagle Scout is the only entry
shown for advancement.
(5) Supporting Advancement Records: These records may include, but may not be
limited to Troop Master printouts, Blue Merit badge Application cards, Rank
Advancement or Merit Badge Recognition Cards.
(6) References: Letters of reference must be provided for use by the board of
review. These reference letters should be (however, not required) from the people
listed as references on the front of the Eagle application. Four references must be
listed and three letters from any of the four, or others who know the Scout (not
family members) are expected. (See attachment C for a copy of the District
Reference Checks: The candidate should have contacted those individuals listed as
references on the Eagle application to seek permission before including their names on
the application. The candidate should not be involved personally in transmitting any
correspondence between the Troop or District and persons listed as references. A general
request for a letter of reference has been developed for use in reference checks (see
attachment C). This form (along with a self-addressed envelop to the Scoutmaster) may
be sent to the references listed on the Eagle application (except for family members), or a
Troop leader, or a Troop committee member, or other references that may not have been
listed on the application. The references should deal with the candidate’s qualifications
and fitness to be an Eagle Scout and should be returned to the Scoutmaster or a Troop
committee member. A minimum of three reference letters must be included in the Eagle
package for the District review. An additional letter from the organization benefiting
from the candidate’s Eagle project certifying completion of the Eagle candidate’s service
project is desirable.
NOTE: Steps 7 thru 11 are executed by Mattaponi District, NCAC, and National BSA
7. Eagle Board of Review: After the District reviews are completed, the Eagle Board
Coordinator shall forward the package to the designated chairperson responsible for
conducting the District Eagle Board of Review..
The District Eagle Board Coordinator, or his designee, must review the total package and
verify that the advancement guidelines of the Boy Scouts of America were met and that the
package is complete. The Coordinator will use a checklist (attachment B) to ensure that all
requirements are met. The Coordinator will notify the Scoutmaster or Troop Committee
Chairman when the package review is complete; at which time an agreed upon date for the
Eagle Board of Review will be decided.
8. Eagle Board Members: The Board of Review for an Eagle candidate is composed of at
least three, but not more than six members. One member serves as chairman.
Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, relatives, or guardians may not serve as
members of a Scout’s Board or Review. At least one District representative must be a
member of the board.
The Scoutmaster, and or a representative from the Troop committee will work with the
District Eagle Board Coordinator to generate an approved cast of board members. The
Troop representative will coordinate Troop members for the board, and the District Eagle
Board Coordinator will coordinate the District representative
9. The Eagle Board of Review Process: The candidate’s Scoutmaster introduces him to the
members of the Board of Review. The Scoutmaster may remain in the room, but does
not participate in the board of review. The Scoutmaster may be called on to clarify a
point in question. In no case should a relative or guardian of the candidate attend the
review, even as a Troop leader. There is no predetermined set of questions that an
Eagle candidate should be asked. However, the board should be assured of the
candidate’s participation in and understanding of the program. This is the highest
award that a boy may achieve and experiences in Scouting should be considered. After
the review, the candidate and his Scoutmaster leave the room while the board members
discuss the acceptability of the candidate as an Eagle Scout. The decision must be
unanimous. If the candidate meets the requirements, he is asked to return and is
informed that he will receive the board’s recommendation for the Eagle award. If the
candidate is found unacceptable, he is asked to return and is told the reasons for his
failure to qualify. A discussion should be held with him as to how he may meet the
requirements within a given period. Should the applicant disagree with the decision,
the appeal procedures should be explained to him. A follow up letter must be sent to
the Scout confirming the agreements reached on the action(s) necessary for the
advancement. If the Scout chooses to appeal, the board will provide the name and
address of the person to contact.
Immediately after the Board of Review, the Eagle Scout Rank Application and the
Advancement Report Form are signed and dated by the appropriate board members.
The entire Eagle package is sent to NCAC (Bethesda) for further processing.
The Troop committee is responsible for arranging delivery of the approved Eagle
package to Council. NCAC requests that the character reference letters not be forwarded
as part of the package. These letters should be retained by the Troop or destroyed; under
no circumstances do the letters go to the Eagle candidate.
10. NCAC Service Center: When the Eagle package arrives at NCAC, Bethesda, the Scout
executive signs it to certify that the proper procedures have been followed and that the
Board of Review has recommended the candidate for the Eagle Scout rank. NCAC
retains the Eagle package and all other documentation. These items will be returned to
the Scout prior to his court of honor. Only the Eagle Scout application is forwarded to
the National Eagle Scout Service Center (Irving, TX).
When the package is delivered at NCAC, the green sheet from the Advancement Form
(4403B) is retained for the Troop’s record as a receipt of transfer to the Council.
11. National Eagle Scout Service Center: National screens the application to ascertain
information such as signature, positions of responsibility, tenure between ranks, and
age of the candidate. Any item not meeting national standards will cause the
application to be returned for more information. If the application is in order, National
on behalf of the National Council then certifies the Scout as an Eagle Scout. Notice of
approval is given by sending the Eagle Scout certificate to NCAC. The date used on the
certificate will be the date of the Board of Review. NCAC, upon receiving confirmation
from National will mail a postcard to the candidate’s Scoutmaster. At this time, the
Eagle Scout package and Eagle award will be available for pick up at NCAC
(Bethesda). The Eagle Scout court of honor should not be scheduled until the
Scoutmaster receives the postcard confirming that the Eagle rank has been approved.
It is the individual Troop’s policy and procedures as to who picks up the approved
package and who coordinates the court of honors.
Things to Think About!
Life-to-Eagle Conferences can help to eliminate a great deal of misinformation. If you as
a Troop leader, committee member, or even a parent are uncomfortable in understanding the
Life-to-Eagle process then it is your responsibility to do something about it! Resources exist
within the Mattaponi District to hold Troop-level orientations, and it is highly recommended that
these orientations be scheduled for those Scouts (and parents) who are about to take that next
step in becoming an Eagle Scout. Remember it is always the Scout who loses in the end.
Contact Mr. Powell (540-898-2710) to have these orientations scheduled.
There is another area in which problems have occurred, it deals with recordkeeping and
dates as discussed in earlier steps. Troops have allowed Scouts to advance to the next rank
without having the time in rank or not having held a leadership position for the requisite period
of time (at least four months from First Class to Star, six months from Star to Life). In most
cases, the date for one or more merit badges for a rank is after the records show that they earned
the rank. This is often because the court of honor date is recorded rather than the date the
counselor signed off on the merit badges. Careful monitoring of the advancement
process/Scout’s progress is the responsibility of each adult Troop leader, and Troop committee
member, not just the Troop’s Advancement Chairperson.
STEPS TO COMPLETING LIFE-TO-EAGLE
1 Once you have achieved the rank of Life Scout, identify a service project that
Provides opportunity for leadership. Not just organizing and planning, but
IS NOT: Of benefit to the Boy Scouts of America, a money-making activity
2 Obtain a notebook to keep detailed records of your activities.
3 Make initial contact with the benefiting organization. Arrange to meet with them to discuss
4 Obtain the official BSA Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook and official Eagle
Scout Rank Application (red, white, blue form) from the NCAC Program Office. Call (301) 530-
9360 and they will send both to you. Or you may download the workbook from the BSA website.
The application MUST be an original.
5 Discuss the project concept with your Troop leader (Scoutmaster, Team Coach, or Crew Advisor)
and obtain his/her approval.
6 Return to your contact person with the benefiting organization to obtain details concerning the
scope, schedule, materials, safety hazards, etc.
Note: You should allow at least one month to properly plan, schedule, and organize your project.
Schedule a rain date (just in case you need one). There should be no “out of pocket” expenses by
anyone associated with your project. If the materials are not provided by the benefiting
organization, obtain Troop leader guidance and approval on contacting merchants to donate the
necessary materials or organize and conduct a fund-raiser to pay for your project’s materials.
Pay close attention to and address all safety hazards associated with your project.
7 Write up the project’s purpose and planning details. Depending on the type of project, you may
need to obtain technical advice from various adults on certain aspects of your project. Obtain
approval in this specific order from:
NOTE: DO NOT START YOUR PROJECT BEFORE EACH SIGNATURE IS
➤ The benefiting organization
➤ Your Troop leader
➤ Your Troop Committee Member
➤ The District Advancement Committee Representative (Contact Mr. Joe Powell,
8 Develop and organize your project:
NOTE: TAKE A LOT OF PRE-PROJECT PHOTOS.
➤ Implement the schedule developed
➤ Obtain and prepare materials, including the necessary tools
➤ Delegate! Use your Troop’s youth and adult leadership, friends, family, benefiting
➤ Arrange transportation, water, food, photographer, etc.
➤ Identify participants (involve a minimum number of adults; power tools may be used only by
➤ Follow-up on preparation items delegated to others
➤ Pay attention to weather, so you can reschedule if weather will effect plans
➤ Maintain a record of time spent planning and organizing your project
STEPS TO COMPLETING LIFE-TO-EAGLE (Continued)
9 Execute your project:
NOTE: TAKE A LOT OF PHOTOS DURING THE PROJECT.
➤ Conduct a safety lecture at the start
➤ Don’t YOU DO! Instruct and organize your participants. Lead the project; observe work,
correct if necessary, overcome problems that arise, ensure safety. Most of the work should be
done by others.
➤ Record the time spent by each participant
➤ Take notes
10 Complete the write up of the project:
NOTE: TAKE A LOT OF PHOTOS OF THE COMPLETED PROJECT.
➤ The more details you provide, the fewer doubts and questions
➤ Emphasize how YOU planned, organized, and gave leadership
➤ Identify the problems you overcame and the lessons you learned
➤ Provide photos
11 Obtain final approval of completion of your project and the write-up from you Troop leader
(Scoutmaster, Team Coach, or Crew Advisor).
12 Obtain the signature from the benefiting organization after the completion of the project. Obtain a
letter of completion from the benefiting organization (desired—not required).
13 Complete your Eagle Service Project Workbook and Eagle Scout Rank Application and get it
reviewed and approved through your Troop.
14 Assemble your Eagle package for further District review, this package includes:
➤ Eagle Scout Rank Application, including Requirement 6
➤ Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook
➤ Advancement Form (4403B)
➤ Advancement Records (Merit Badge Cards, Rank Advancement cards, etc.)
➤ Reference Letters (Letters are not handled by the Scout)
15 Contact the Mattaponi District Eagle Board Coordinator (Mr. Rick Rowdon, 540-752-2103) and
take your approved Eagle package to him.
16 Make any corrections the Coordinator suggests, if required.
17 Eagle Board of Review will be scheduled by the District Eagle Board Coordinator and the Troop
18 Participate in an Eagle Board of Review
CHECKLIST FOR COMPLETE EAGLE PACKAGE
EAGLE SCOUT RANK APPLICATION
____ All information legible (preferably typed)
____ Applicant’s name spelled correctly
____ Applicant’s address has NO ABBREVIATIONS (except state)
____ Unit type, local number, and location has NO ABBREVIATIONS (except state)
____ Accurate dates for entry into Scouting and for First Class, Star Scout, and Life Scout Boards of
____ Webelos Scout and Arrow of Light questions answered
____ At least 4 months between First Class and Star Scout Board of Review dates
____ At least 6 months between Star Scout and Life Scout Board of Review dates
____ Date of Birth
____ Verify age (Eagle Board of Review date prior to 18th Birthday)
____ (REQUIREMENT 1) At least 6 months between Life Scout and Eagle Scout Board of Review
____ (REQUIREMENT 2) Reference blanks completed (include city, state, zip code, area code, and
____ (REQUIREMENT 3) 21 merit badges, either Emergency Preparedness or Lifesaving; Cycling or
Hiking or Swimming (2 of 3) is crossed out
____ Any 4 required merit badges and a total of 11 merit badges earned prior to Life Scout Board of
____ Any 7 required merit badges and total of 11 merit badges earned prior to Life Scout Board of
____ (REQUIREMENT 4) Served for a minimum of 6 months in a leadership position(s) (application
lists authorized positions) between Life Scout and Eagle Scout Board of Review dates
____ (REQUIREMENT 5) Eagle Scout Service Project begun and completed between Life Scout and
Eagle Scout Board of Review dates (and prior to 18th birthday if waiver granted)
____ (REQUIREMENT 6) Statement of Ambitions and Life Purpose and list of Leadership Positions,
Activities, and Honors attached to Eagle Scout Rank Application
____ Scoutmaster’s Conference date prior to Scout’s 18th birthday
____ Applicant’s signature and date
____ Unit Leader’s signature and date
____ Unit Committee Chairperson’s signature and date
____ Verify Eagle Scout candidate is currently BSA registered (registration card or Troop roster)
____ Signatures of Eagle Scout Board of Review Chairperson and District Advancement Committee
Representative and dates
____ Character reference letter (if required by District) are not to be forwarded to Council
CHECKLIST FOR COMPLETE EAGLE PACKAGE (Continued)
EAGLE SCOUT LEADERSHIP SERVICE PROJECT WORKBOOK
____ Cover page complete
____ Signatures on page 6
____ Project write-up (details on how leadership was demonstrated)
____ Pictures (before, during, after) and captions to describe the photos
____ List of who worked on project (names, dates, and time worked)
____ List of materials and equipment used, source, and cost
____ Changes in the project (if any)
____ Completed time spent section
____ All required signatures
____ Completion letter from benefiting organization (desired)
ADVANCEMENT REPORT FORM (Form 4403B)
____ The Eagle Scout’s name is the only entry for rank advancement
____ Scoutmaster’s address is used (NCAC notifies this person upon package approval)
SUPPORTING ADVANCEMENT RECORDS (may include but not limited to the below items)
____ Merit Badge blue cards or recognition cards
____ Rank advancement cards
____ Troop records such as, Troop Master printouts (signed by the Troop Advancement Chair)
____ Boy Scout Handbook with signatures as required for advancement
____ Three Letters of reference from the people listed on the application or other people (excluding
relatives) who know the Scout. These Letters are mailed to the Scoutmaster and are submitted to
the District to be included in this package for the final Board of Review. The Scout under no
circumstances should handle these letters.
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Request for Character Reference
_____________________________ is a candidate for the rank of Eagle. This is the highest rank in Boy Scouts and
is awarded based on the total individual. The final test of his ability and preparedness for this award is the extent to
which he applies the principles of the Scout Oath and Law to his everyday life.
I would appreciate a confidential, honest statement from you giving your opinion of his conduct and leadership
ability as observed by you.
A self-addressed envelope is enclosed for your convenience. Thank you.
Yours in Scouting,
Please identify how you know this candidate:
Teacher Family Friend Employer Scout Leader Other _______________
The Scout Oath:
On my honor, I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my Country,
And to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times,
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake,
And morally straight.
Scout Law: A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave,
Clean, and Reverent
This form is used by the District Board of Review and should be removed from the Eagle package and given to the
Scoutmaster or a member of the Scout Committee before it is sent to Council.