Age Requirement Eligibility
Merit badges, badges of rank, and Eagle Palms may be earned by a registered
Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or qualified Venturer or Sea Scout. He may earn
these awards until his 18th birthday. Any Venturer or Sea Scout who has
achieved the First Class rank as a Boy Scout in a troop or Varsity Scout in a
team may continue working up to his 18th birthday toward the Star, Life,
and Eagle Scout ranks and Eagle Palms. An Eagle Scout board of review may
occur, without special approval, within three months after the 18th birthday.
Local councils must preapprove those held three to six months afterward.
To initiate approval, the candidate, his parent or guardian, the unit leader, or
a unit committee member attaches to the application a statement explaining
the delay. Consult the Guide to Advancement in the case where a board
of review is to be conducted more than six months after a candidate’s
If you have a permanent physical or mental disability, or a disability
expected to last more than two years, or beyond age 18, you may become
an Eagle Scout by qualifying for as many required merit badges as you
can and qualifying for alternative merit badges for the rest. If you seek to
become an Eagle Scout under this procedure, you must submit a special
application to your local council service center. Your application must be
approved by your council advancement committee before you can work
on alternative merit badges.
A Scout or Venturer with a disability may work toward rank advancement
after he is 18 years of age if he meets the guidelines outlined in the
Guide to Advancement.
Rank Advancement for Venturers and Sea Scouts
Any Venturer or Sea Scout who has achieved the First Class rank as
a Boy Scout in a troop or Varsity Scout in a team may continue
advancement up to his 18th birthday toward the Star, Life, and Eagle
Scout ranks. He must meet the requirements as prescribed in the
Boy Scout Handbook and the current Boy Scout Requirements
book. The Venturer or Sea Scout may fulfill leadership requirements
by serving as president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, quartermaster,
historian, den chief, guide, webmaster, Leave No Trace trainer,
boatswain, boatswain’s mate, yeoman, purser, or storekeeper.
The unit leader conference will be conducted by the Advisor
or Skipper. As the Venturer fulfills requirements for the Star and
Life ranks, a board of review must be conducted by the crew or
according to the procedures
established by the
National Council as published in the Guide to Advancement.