Reader Cindy asked this question
I want to know… if my son has earned all of his Eagle Required Merit badges, but has not “Eagled up” ie has not completed his project or had his Eagle Board of review, do the additional merit badges that he has earned after the Eagle required mb’s count toward the Eagle Palm. I have been told various things.
Eagle Palms and Merit Badges
Cindy, the “extra” merit badges – those not used as one of the 21 merit badges (total of Eagle required and elective badges) to meet the requirements for Eagle – can be used for Eagle palms, regardless of when he earned them. There is no requirement that those be earned after attaining the rank of Eagle.
See requirement 4 in the Eagle palm requirements below (directly from Scouting.org). They specifically state that merit badges may be earned any time since becoming a Boy Scout.
After becoming an Eagle Scout, you may earn Palms by completing the following requirements:
- Be active in your troop and patrol for at least three months after becoming an Eagle Scout or after award of last Palm. (Eagle Palms must be earned in sequence, and the three-month tenure requirement must be observed for each Palm.)
- Demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath (Promise) and Scout Law in your everyday life.
- Make a satisfactory effort to develop and demonstrate leadership ability.
- Earn five additional merit badges beyond those required for Eagle or last Palm. (Merit badges earned any time since becoming a Scout may be used to meet this requirement.)
- Take part in a Scoutmaster conference.
- Complete a board of review.