Steve sent in this question about Eagle palms:
In terms of earning Palms. Do MB’s earned before getting Eagle count towards Palms? The wording on the BSA site is unclear to me. My oldest will be 15 in July and has to be in his PL position for about 4 months to be able to SMC for his Star Rank. We were wondering about Palms since there are a few scouts, younger than he is who started BS from Cubs and have well over 20 MBs already. Thanks! Steve
Thanks for the question Steve. The merit badges for the Eagle palms can be earned at any time since starting Scouts BSA. See this article about palms and merit badges for more information.
So all of those merit badges they are earning now can be used for palms later. For our Scouts it is not uncommon for them to have so many merit badges that as soon as they get one palm, they are just waiting for their additional three months in the troop to get their next.
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