Eagle Palms

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On Jan 2016, new requirements went into effect. Boy Scouts and adult Scouters associated with those groups were able to continue to use the old requirements through all of 2016. Since Jan 2017, all Scouts must use the current (new) requirements regardless of rank.
Eagle Palm requirement resources include the Eagle Palm Application, the Eagle Palm workbook, and Merit Badge Worksheets.
Important Boy Scout topics include Active, Scout Spirit, Scoutmaster Conference, and Board of Review.

Eagle Palms

Bronze, Gold,
and Silver Palms
Eagle Scout rank


Eagle Scout is not the end but a beginning

First awarded in 1927, Eagle Palms are not a rank but an award. The requirements include earning 5 additional Merit Badges after earning the Eagle Scout rank or last Eagle Palm, tenure, and leadership.

The Eagle Scout rank requires that you earn 21 of the 137 current 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 23, worn as seven silver palms and one gold palm. If you had less than 26 merit badges at the time of your Eagle Scout Board of Review, you would need at least 3 months for each palm for a total of 69 months, or five years and 9 months after earning Eagle, and you would need to earn Eagle no later than 3 months after your 12th birthday.

Merit Badges for Eagle Palms

Merit Badges for Eagle Palms
Any merit badges beyond those used to earn the Eagle Scout Award, and earned before or after a Boy Scout earns the Eagle Scout Award, may be applied toward requirement 4 for Eagle Palms.
Advancement Policies #33088, p. 12

Eagle Palms requirements

These requirements become effective Aug 1, 2017 and were revised Oct 2017.

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 have completed before your Eagle Scout board of review beyond those required for Eagle. In addition, all current Scouts who completed their Eagle board of review and who had not passed their 18th birthday before Aug, 1, 2017 are entitled as well. 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 were 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 Eagle 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.[1]
  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 your last Eagle Palm.
  5. While an Eagle Scout, participate in a Scoutmaster[2] conference.[3]


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

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Requirement resources

1: What does Active really mean? (it's not what you think!)
2: What does Scout Spirit really mean? (It's not what you do in your troop!)
4: Merit Badge Worksheets
4: Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project (with the Eagle Scout Project Checklist)
5: Scoutmaster Conference - Explains that you don't "pass" a Scoutmaster Conference and how to appeal.
6: Board of Review - What can they ask? How long can it be? Is the uniform really required? How do you appeal?

Eagle Palm Plan

With careful planning, a Scout can earn a dozen or more Eagle Palms. See the chart below for the sequence of palms and how they are worn:

Merit Badges Bronze Palms Gold Palms Silver Palms Adult Knot
21 Eagle Image:Eagle.gif
26 1     Image:Eagle1.gif
31   1   Image:Eagle2.gif
36     1 Image:Eagle3.gif
41 1   1 Image:Eagle4.gif
46   1 1 Image:Eagle5.gif
51     2 Image:Eagle6.gif
56 1   2  
61   1 2  
66     3  
71 1   3  
76   1 3  
81     4  
86 1   4  
91   1 4  
96     5  
101 1   5  
106   1 5  
111     6  
116 1   6  
121   1 6  
126     7  
131 1   7  
136   1 7  

See also

Advancement Policies
Advancement (Report) Boy Scouts (Resources) Service Projects
Rules and Regulations First Class-First Year Eagle Scout Project
 What is Scout Spirit?  Scoutmaster Conferences Lifesaving Awards
When is a Scout Active? Time Extensions Summer Camp
When is a Scout in Uniform? Boards of Review - Appeals Merit Badges, Events & FAQ
Scouts with Special Needs Advancement Campout  Cub Scouts  (Resources)
Religious Principle Courts of Honor Varsity (Resources)
Books & References  12 Steps From Life to Eagle  Venturing & Sea Scouts  
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