Eagle Palms

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Eagle Palm requirement resources include the Eagle Palm Application 58-709 and Merit Badge Worksheets.
Important Boy Scout topics include Active, Scout Spirit, Scoutmaster Conference, and Board of Review.
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Eagle Palms

Bronze, Gold,
and Silver Palms
Eagle Scout Rank
Eagle Palms


Eagle Palms are awarded for each 5 Merit Badges earned after earning the Eagle Scout Rank after completing tenure and other requirements. An Eagle Palm is not a rank but an award.

The Eagle Scout Rank requires that you earn 21 of the 121 Merit Badges. After earning the Eagle Scout Rank, you can continue to earn Merit badges and Eagle Palms until your 18th birthday. Currently the maximum number of Eagle Palms you can earn is 20, worn as six silver palms and one gold palm. You would need at least 3 months for each palm for a total of 60 months, or five years after earning Eagle. To earn all 20 palms you would need to earn Eagle by your 13th birthday.

A Scout who has earned the following numbers of merit badges wears the number of palms indicated (assuming he has been active for the appropriate periods since earning his Eagle):

Merit Badges Bronze Palms Gold Palms Silver Palms Adult Knot
21 Eagle, no Eagle Palms Image:Eagle.gif
26 one     Image:Eagle1.gif
31   one   Image:Eagle2.gif
36     one Image:Eagle3.gif
41 one   one Image:Eagle4.gif
46   one one Image:Eagle5.gif
51     two Image:Eagle6.gif
56 one   two  
61   one two  
66     three  

Eagle Palms 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. In addition, all current Scouts who have completed their Eagle board of review and who had not passed their 18th birthday before Aug. 1, 2017, are entitled as well 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.[1]
  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 Scout or last Palm.[2]
  5. While an Eagle Scout, participate in a Scoutmaster[3] conference.
You may wear only the proper combination of Palms for the number of merit badges you earned beyond the rank of Eagle. The Bronze Palm represents five merit badges, the Gold Palm 10, and the Silver Palm 15.

  1. Eagle Palms must be earned in sequence, and the three-month tenure requirement must be observed for each Palm.
  2. Merit Badges earned any time since joining Scouts BSA may be used to meet this requirement.
  3. For Venturers working on Scouts BSA requirements, replace "Scoutmaster" with "crew Advisor". For Sea Scouts working on Scouts BSA requirements, replace "Scoutmaster" with "Skipper".

The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Scouts BSA Requirements, 2019 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #648914)

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