Eagle Scout is the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouting.
- In 2012, the centennial year of the Eagle Scout Award, 57,976 Scouts earned the Eagle Scout rank—more than in any previous year.
- From 1912 to 2012, more than 2 million Boy Scouts earned the Eagle Scout rank.
- Around 7 percent of all Boy Scouts earned the Eagle Scout rank in 2012.
- In 2012, the average age of boys earning the Eagle Scout rank was 17 years of age.
Eagle Scout Rank
- To earn the rank, a Boy Scout must:
- Progress through the ranks in the following order:
- Second Class
- First Class
- Earn 21 merit badges, including:
- First Aid
- Citizenship in the Community
- Citizenship in the Nation
- Citizenship in the World
- Environmental Science or Sustainability
- Personal Fitness
- Family Life
- Personal Management
- Emergency Preparedness or Lifesaving
- Cycling, Hiking, or Swimming
- Serve six months in a troop leadership position.
- Plan, develop, and give leadership to a service project for any religious organization or any school or community.
- Take part in a Scoutmaster conference.
- Successfully complete an Eagle Scout board of review.
Boy Scouts with disabilities may qualify for the Eagle Scout rank by fulfilling alternative requirements as determined by their council.
National Eagle Scout Association
- Founded in 1972, the National Eagle Scout Association maintains contact with Eagle Scouts to sustain their interest in Scouting.
- Eagle Scouts in good standing may join.
- Applications for membership are available through:
- Local council
- The NESA Web page
- Contacting Alumni Relations at the national office
- For more information, visit the official NESA website at www.nesa.org.
Updated April 2013