Life to Eagle

The Requirements and Steps listed below are meant to act as a general guide for Life Scouts as they work towards Eagle.  For more information, consult the Guide to Advancement 2021.

The overall steps to follow on the path from Life to Eagle are:

Step 1:

Choose an Eagle Scout project in consultation with your Scoutmaster and the benefiting organization. Select an adult currently registered with Troop 159 to serve as your Eagle project advisor.


Step 2:

Complete the Eagle Scout Project Proposal found in the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook.

Step 3:

Schedule a preliminary proposal review with the Troop Committee.  Present your proposal to the Troop Committee (Class A uniform required).  Revise the proposal as necessary based on feedback received during the preliminary proposal review.


Step 4:

The Scout shall sign the proposal first, under the section titled ‘Candidate’s Promise’ on proposal page H of the Workbook, then obtain the required signatures on the project proposal from the benefiting organization representative, the Scoutmaster, and the Troop Committee representative.


Step 5:

Contact your District Advancement Chair to submit the approved copy of your project proposal. The advancement chair will review, and if something is missing or incomplete, they will suggest corrections. If corrections are needed, you can make the changes and then resubmit.


Step 6:

It is highly recommended that you complete the Eagle Scout Service Project Plan contained within the Workbook. This will help guide you through the project phase.


Step 7:

If the project will require more than $500 to be raised through fundraising, submit your Eagle Scout Project Fundraising Application contained withing the Workbook to the Council Service Center for approval. A fundraising application must be submitted for any and all fundraising projects in excess of $500, including crowdfunding, car washes, requesting donations or discounts from stores, etc. Projects must be approved prior to beginning any fundraising. You can submit your fundraising application electronically to the District Advancement Chair. It can also be mailed or delivered to the Council Service Center.


Step 8:

The beneficiary of your project should be aware of your work plans and schedule as you work on your project.


Step 9:

After you’ve completed your project, write your final report in the Eagle Scout Service Project Report section of the Workbook. Use your notes from your log book to help you write the report. It is recommended that someone proof read your report prior to submitting.


Step 10:

Once you’ve completed Step 8, you can request the persons listed as references in Requirement 2 on the Eagle Scout Application to complete a letter of reference. In addition, you should provide the information to whom and where to send the completed references in accordance with Troop procedures.


Step 11:

Complete and sign the Eagle Scout Application, assemble all of your documents, and obtain the required signatures from your Troop.


Step 12:

Submit the Eagle Scout Application, including the contact information page from the workbook, to the Spirit of Adventure Council Service Center for verification. You can scan and email the application to the District Advancement Chair or drop off or mail the paperwork.


Step 13:

Once your paperwork has been verified, your Eagle Board of Review will be scheduled.


Step 14:

After your Board of Review, the District Advancement representative will return the Eagle Scout Application and the contact information page to the Spirit of Adventure Council Service Center to be signed by the Scout Executive and processed.


Step 15:

Once the Council Service Center receives the Eagle Scout credentials for the Scout from the National Office, they will contact your Troop to pick up the materials.

The requirements listed below are from the Eagle Scout Rank Application form.

Requirement #1 - Complete the Application:

Download the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook and complete the ‘Eagle Scout Service Project Proposal’ section.  The candidate should obtain an advancement report from Scoutbook or the Troop’s advancement coordinator to ensure all dates are correct as the dates must match those on official BSA records.


Requirement #2 - References:

The candidate shall choose a person for each of the categories listed in Requirement #2 to solicit a recommendation. If the candidate has no religious reference, then a parent or guardian must provide this reference letter describing the candidate’s Duty to God, which is in addition to the parent/guardian reference. If the candidate does not have an employer, then only five references are required, and the candidate should enter N/A for the employer line on the application.  The candidate can solicit more recommendations than the minimum.


Requirement #3 - Merit Badges:

The candidate shall list 21 merit badges which include the 13 required merit badges and 8 elective merit badges. The dates must match those in the Council’s records. Be

sure to cross-out those merit badges not applicable in numbers 7, 8 and 10.  Troop leaders are encouraged to use Scoutbook to access the candidate’s official records to double check dates. Incorrect information will cause the application to be returned for correction.  Click here for a link to all the merit badges in Boy Scouts.


Requirement #4 – Position of Responsibility:

The Position of Responsibility shown on the application must be one of those listed in Requirement 4 and must relate to the Troop where the Scout was registered and active at the time service was rendered.  The start date listed for any position should not be before the Life Scout board of review date.  In the event a candidate held a position prior to earning Life rank, only the time served after the Life board of review shall count.  In this case, the start date listed shall be the date of the Life board of review.  Use the second Position of Responsibility line to enter an additional position if the first entry did not fulfill the 6-month requirement.


Requirement #5 – Eagle Scout Service Project (ESSP):

The candidate shall write in a project name, which is a very brief description of the project, the date the project was completed and the total number of hours including

both planning and execution.  Hours listed are to be counted as man-hours and shall include the hours of the candidate and all those individuals involved in every aspect of the Project. Candidates should ensure that all hours spent on researching, planning, and completing the ESSP workbook are included as well as the hours spent on the actual workdays.


Requirement #6 – Scoutmaster Conference:

The Scoutmaster Conference does not have to be the last requirement completed.