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Scouts BSA Eagle Palms Helps and Documents

Eagle palms represent additional recognition for an Eagle Scout who has stayed active in his or her unit. In order to receive this recognition, he or she must also continue to earn merit badges.

Eagle Palm Requirements

After successfully completing your Eagle Scout board of review on or after Aug. 1, 2017, and being validated as an Eagle Scout by the National Service Center, you will be entitled to receive an Eagle Palm for each additional five merit badges you completed before your Eagle board of review beyond those required for Eagle. All current Scouts who have completed their Eagle board of review and who had not passed their 18th birthday before Aug. 1, 2017, are also entitled to receive Eagle Palms. For these Palms only, it will not be necessary for you to complete the requirements stated below. After becoming an Eagle Scout and receiving the Eagle Palms you are entitled to, you may earn additional Palms by completing the following requirements:

  1. Be active in the Boy Scouts of America for at least three months after becoming an Eagle Scout or after the last Palm was earned.
  2. Since earning the Eagle Scout rank or your last Eagle Palm, demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Tell how you have done your duty to God and how you have lived the Scout Oath and Scout Law in your everyday life.
  3. Continue to set a satisfactory example of accepting responsibility or demonstrating leadership ability.
  4. Earn five additional merit badges beyond those required for Eagle or last Palm.
  5. While an Eagle Scout, participate in a Scoutmaster conference.

Keep earning your palms with these related ideas and achievements:

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Recognizing Eagle Palms

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Messengers of Peace

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BSA Methods – Leadership Development

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Scout Questions and Answers from Scouters

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What Is Scout Spirit?

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Scouts BSA Merit Badges

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Eagle Palms and Merit Badges

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What Is a Board of Review?

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Troop Meeting Plan Worksheet

Help your youth leadership plan ahead by giving them a blank troop meeting plan worksheet template to fill in during their PLC meetings. Download a printable copy here.


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