Since Arthur Eldred became the first Eagle Scout in 1912, the rank has represented a milestone of accomplishment—perhaps without equal—that is recognized across the country and even the world. Men who have earned the Eagle Scout rank count it among their most treasured possessions. “Eagle Scout” is not just an award; it is a state of being. Those who earned it as boys continue to earn it every day as men. That is why an Eagle Scout IS an Eagle Scout—not was .

Over the more than 100 years since the first Eagle, a formal application process has evolved that is important in maintaining the award’s well-recognized prestige. Topics 9.0.1.1 through 9.0.1.10, below, are intended to aid in reviewing and submitting the application and accompanying materials. It is hoped this will help Scouts, parents or guardians, or any adult leader or advancement administrator from the unit, district, or council to prevent delays in securing National Council approval and verification.

Confirm that the following requirements have been completed before the 18th birthday: active participation, Scout spirit, merit badges, position of responsibility, service project, and unit leader conference. Note that the unit leader (Scoutmaster) conference need not be the last item accomplished. The board of review may be conducted after the 18th birthday . For details, see “Boards of Review,” 8.0.0.0 . A candidate must be registered through the time he is completing requirements but need not be registered thereafter or when his board of review is conducted.

It is imperative that you check with your local leadership, at the unit, district, or council level, to ensure you comply with all local requirements for a project. Many portions of BSA (national) policy are written in such a way that there can be variances in the local interpretations and execution.

Requirement 5 -- While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community....

There are three very important things to note in the first sentence of this requirement that apply to selecting a project. First, the project is to be done while you are a Life Scout. This means that if you are still a Star Scout, focus on your merit badges and other things, and don't put yourself in the position of having to explain why you worked on the project prematurely. It is all right to look ahead and identify opportunities that might become available after your Life Scout board of review. However, never begin planning or executing your project prior to achieving Life rank.

Trailblazer District meets for Roundtable at 7:00 pm the 1st Thursday of the month at Faith Community Church 2701 N. 8th Street in Red Oak, IA.
This event helps leaders stay “in the know” about current events and activities. Network with other leaders, like you, and swap tips and tricks for an easier, more fun Scouting program.

Trailblazer District serves Scout leaders in Fremont, Mills, Pottawattamie, Montgomery, Page, Adams, Union, Taylor, Ringgold and western Cass Counties in Iowa. 


Since Arthur Eldred became the first Eagle Scout in 1912, the rank has represented a milestone of accomplishment—perhaps without equal—that is recognized across the country and even the world. Men who have earned the Eagle Scout rank count it among their most treasured possessions. “Eagle Scout” is not just an award; it is a state of being. Those who earned it as boys continue to earn it every day as men. That is why an Eagle Scout IS an Eagle Scout—not was .

Over the more than 100 years since the first Eagle, a formal application process has evolved that is important in maintaining the award’s well-recognized prestige. Topics 9.0.1.1 through 9.0.1.10, below, are intended to aid in reviewing and submitting the application and accompanying materials. It is hoped this will help Scouts, parents or guardians, or any adult leader or advancement administrator from the unit, district, or council to prevent delays in securing National Council approval and verification.

Confirm that the following requirements have been completed before the 18th birthday: active participation, Scout spirit, merit badges, position of responsibility, service project, and unit leader conference. Note that the unit leader (Scoutmaster) conference need not be the last item accomplished. The board of review may be conducted after the 18th birthday . For details, see “Boards of Review,” 8.0.0.0 . A candidate must be registered through the time he is completing requirements but need not be registered thereafter or when his board of review is conducted.

Since Arthur Eldred became the first Eagle Scout in 1912, the rank has represented a milestone of accomplishment—perhaps without equal—that is recognized across the country and even the world. Men who have earned the Eagle Scout rank count it among their most treasured possessions. “Eagle Scout” is not just an award; it is a state of being. Those who earned it as boys continue to earn it every day as men. That is why an Eagle Scout IS an Eagle Scout—not was .

Over the more than 100 years since the first Eagle, a formal application process has evolved that is important in maintaining the award’s well-recognized prestige. Topics 9.0.1.1 through 9.0.1.10, below, are intended to aid in reviewing and submitting the application and accompanying materials. It is hoped this will help Scouts, parents or guardians, or any adult leader or advancement administrator from the unit, district, or council to prevent delays in securing National Council approval and verification.

Confirm that the following requirements have been completed before the 18th birthday: active participation, Scout spirit, merit badges, position of responsibility, service project, and unit leader conference. Note that the unit leader (Scoutmaster) conference need not be the last item accomplished. The board of review may be conducted after the 18th birthday . For details, see “Boards of Review,” 8.0.0.0 . A candidate must be registered through the time he is completing requirements but need not be registered thereafter or when his board of review is conducted.

It is imperative that you check with your local leadership, at the unit, district, or council level, to ensure you comply with all local requirements for a project. Many portions of BSA (national) policy are written in such a way that there can be variances in the local interpretations and execution.

Requirement 5 -- While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community....

There are three very important things to note in the first sentence of this requirement that apply to selecting a project. First, the project is to be done while you are a Life Scout. This means that if you are still a Star Scout, focus on your merit badges and other things, and don't put yourself in the position of having to explain why you worked on the project prematurely. It is all right to look ahead and identify opportunities that might become available after your Life Scout board of review. However, never begin planning or executing your project prior to achieving Life rank.


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