Boy Scout Joining Requirements
The rank requirements in this book are official as of Jan. 1, 2015. If a Scout has started work toward a rank before that date using requirements that were current before Jan. 1, 2015, except as noted below, he may complete that rank using the old requirements. Any progress toward a rank that is begun after Jan. 1, 2015, must use the requirements as they are presented in this Boy Scout Requirements book.
For a Scout to earn the Eagle rank on or after Jan. 1, 2014, he must have earned the Cooking merit badge.
- Meet the age requirements. Be a boy who is 11 years old, or one
who has completed the fifth grade or earned the Arrow of Light
Award and is at least 10 years old, but is not yet 18 years old.
- Find a Scout troop near your home.
- Complete a Boy Scout application and health history signed by
your parent or guardian.
- Repeat the Pledge of Allegiance.
- Demonstrate the Scout sign, salute, and handshake.
- Demonstrate tying the square knot (a joining knot).
- Understand and agree to live by the Scout Oath, Scout Law, motto,
and slogan, and the Outdoor
- Describe the Scout badge.
- Complete the pamphlet exercises. With your parent or guardian,
complete the exercises in the pamphlet How to Protect Your
Children From Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide.
- Participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
Turn in your Boy Scout
application and health history form signed by your parent or
guardian, then participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
- The application form to join Boy Scouting is available online for download here.
- The troop locator on the Scout Zone web site www.thescoutzone.org will show you a list of some of the Boy Scout troops in your area.
- Your local council service center can put you in touch with your future troop. Contact information for your council can be retrieved here.
- The pamphlet How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent's Guide is available online for download here.