Eagle Scout Alternative Rank Requirements
The Eagle Scout rank may be achieved by a Boy Scout, Varsity Scout,
or qualified* Venturer or Sea Scout who has a physical or mental
disability by completing the Application for Alternative Eagle Scout
Rank Merit Badges, No. 512-730, and by qualifying for alternative
merit badges. This does not apply to individual requirements for
merit badges. Merit badges are awarded only when all requirements
are met as stated. See the Guide to Advancement, topic 10.2.2.3,
The physical or mental disability must be of a permanent rather than
of a temporary nature (or a disability expected to last more than two
years or beyond the 18th birthday). The application must include a
written statement from a qualified health-care professional related
to the nature of the disability. This person may be a physician,
neurologist, psychiatrist, psychologist, etc., or an educational
administrator as appropriate.
Before applying, he must earn as many of the Eagle-required
merit badges as possible. Any alternatives must present the same
challenge and learning level as those they replace. Unless the Scout
has been approved for registration beyond the age of eligibility, all
merit badges must be completed by the 18th birthday (reference
Guide to Advancement, topic 10.1.0.1–10.1.0.2).
- Obtain a clear and concise statement related to the nature of
the disability from a qualified health-care professional.
- The unit leader meets with the candidate and his parent or
guardian to determine the alternative merit badges to replace
those impeding his progression.
- The unit leader, parent or guardian, and the Scout (if possible)
prepare supporting letters to accompany the application.
- The district and council advancement committees, in turn,
review the proposed alternative merit badges. They may choose
to speak with the Scout, his parent or guardian, or unit leader.
If the council advancement committee approves, then the
candidate may start work on the merit badges.
Note: In approving the application, the district and council
advancement committees must utilize the expertise of a health-care
professional involved with youth who have disabilities.
- Upon completion of the Eagle Scout rank requirements, using
the alternative merit badges, the candidate appears before a
board of review. This approved application must be attached
to the Eagle Scout Rank Application.
- Following a successful board of review, the council processes
both applications and forwards them to the national
Advancement Team. Local council action on alternative
merit badges does not require national approval.
* In order for a Venturer or Sea Scout to be an Eagle candidate, he must have achieved the First Class rank as a Boy
Scout or Varsity