Rank Advancement Updates
During this COVID-19 shutdown, please keep the following in mind with regard to the Eagle Scout process:
- No Scout who completes all requirements by their 18th birthday will be penalized for this situation, which is well out of their control.
- The 90-day automatic period available for a board of review following the 18th birthday is still intact. The Council Advancement Committee can when deemed appropriate, give permission to extend this beyond the 90-day period.
- No after-the-Eagle Scout board of the review applications will be sent on to the National Council for certification for at least another few weeks.
- Be sure to consult this page for more specific information from the National Council about how this lockdown specifically affects advancement.
- The unit leader conference can be conducted at any time while the Scout is working to progress from one rank to the next., it does not have to be the last item.
- Permission must still be obtained from the council prior to conducting an Eagle Scout board of review (EBOR), including an EBOR via videoconferencing.
- All youth protection rules still apply in online advancement settings.
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Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with further questions or to initiate approval processes.
The Process and Forms
Congratulations on taking on the challenge of becoming an Eagle Scout, a distinction that will stay with you for a lifetime. Read about the Life to Eagle Scout process.
The most current Guide to Advancement is the official source for administering advancement in all Boy Scouts of America programs. Summary:
- Complete All the Requirements (126.96.36.199). Confirm that the following requirements have been completed before the 18th birthday: merit badges, service project, active participation, Scout spirit, position of responsibility, and unit leader conference. Note that the unit leader (Scoutmaster) conference need not be the last item accomplished. The board of review may be conducted after the 18th birthday.
- Prepare the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook (188.8.131.52). Scouts must use the current Service Project Workbook.
- Complete the Application (184.108.40.206). The Scout must complete the official Eagle Scout Award Application.
- Obtain Required Signatures (220.127.116.11). The unit leader and committee chair signatures represent approval for the candidate to move on to a board of review. In providing them, the signers carefully check the application. It may be helpful to compare the application to the Scout’s current advancement profile obtained through the BSA system or to a printout obtained from the local council service center.
- Submit to Council Service Center (18.104.22.168). A copy should be made of the application; service project workbook; the Scout’s statement of ambitions and life purpose; and listing of positions, honors, and awards. The originals should be delivered promptly to the council service center.
- Council Verifies Application and Board of Review Scheduled (22.214.171.124). Everything is checked against council records. If information in the BSA system or council files is incomplete, the Scout or the unit will be asked to provide certificates, blue cards, or other suitable proof that merit badges and ranks were earned and that dates are accurate. The regular use the of BSA Internet portal for reporting advancement will help expedite this process. If everything is correct, the council provides a verification signature, files a copy of the application, and sends the original with the service project workbook and other items (such as reference letters received) to the board of review chair or other designated volunteer. The board should be scheduled only after the council-verified application is received.
- References Contacted (126.96.36.199). Council advancement committee members—or others designated—have the responsibility to secure recommendations from the references appearing under requirement 2 on the Eagle Scout Rank Application.
- Application Returned to Council Service Center (188.8.131.52). If a board of review approves a candidate, the signed application, reference letters, and any information that might be considered confidential are returned to the local council. Unless otherwise directed, the service project workbook and statement of ambitions and life purpose (requirement 7, Eagle Scout Rank Application) can be returned to the Scout.
- Council Sends Application to National Advancement Team (184.108.40.206).
- National Advancement Team Returns Credentials (220.127.116.11) The National Advancement Team validates all applications received. Then the National Distribution Center generates the credentials and prints, packages, and mails the certificate, pocket card, and congratulatory letter to the council. Applications sent for manual processing go to the National Advancement Team and take several weeks to complete. Upon receipt of the Eagle credentials, council service center personnel will alert unit leadership immediately. The Eagle Scout should immediately verify that their name is spelled correctly.
The Eagle Scout Service Project Fundraising Application (page 17 of the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook) must be used by Scouts to obtain approval for Eagle Scout project fundraising or securing donations of materials for their Eagle projects. This is necessary for all circumstances except when all contributions are from the candidate, their parents or relatives, unit or chartering organization, parents or other members of their unit, or the beneficiary of the project. Scouts should submit the fillable form to the council for consideration. The Scout should also print a copy and include it with the project plan. Within two business days, the Scout will receive an email response either seeking additional information or providing project funding approval. When approved, a copy of the approval email is to be included with the fundraising application as a part of the Scout's project plan.
- Submit fundraising applications via email email@example.com
- Project must be approved in advance: Eagle Scout Service Project Fundraising Form
- Project must be done in the name of the beneficiary (not the troop).
- Beneficiary organization retains leftover funds.
- If the troop is holding project funds, these funds must be turned over to the project beneficiary immediately after expenses have been paid.
- Gift documentation must come from the project beneficiary
- Realize that approaches to big box stores will be met with a request for a tax letter, which you may or may not be able to secure from your project beneficiary.
- Parents should let their Scout provide leadership and resist the temptation of raising funds or using their influence.
- A Scout is courteous – and should follow up with a note of thanks
- Guide to Advancement (section 9)
Eagle Scout Paperwork
Find the most current forms at www.scouting.org/advancement for:
- Application for Alternative Eagle Scout Rank Merit Badges
- Belated Eagle Scout Rank Application
- Eagle Scout Rank Application
- Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook
- Eagle Scout Service Project Coach Application
- Individual Scout Advancement Plan
- Navigating the Eagle Scout Service Project; Information for Project Beneficiaries
- Request for Extension of Time to Earn Eagle Scout Rank
Eagle Scout Service Projects
- Service Project Guidelines contains age guidelines for tool use and work at elevations or excavations.
Service Project Planning Guidelines can be utilized for all Scouting service projects including Eagle Scout service projects. The guidelines must not be construed to be additional requirements for an Eagle Scout service project, but they do represent elements that should appear on the Eagle Scout candidate’s final project plan from the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, No. 512-927. The next revision of the workbook will incorporate these guidelines
- The Houston Community ToolBank is a nonprofit tool lending program serving other nonprofits by putting high-quality tools in the hands of the volunteers. For three pennies on the dollar, the Houston Community ToolBank provides fast and easy access to tools (e.g., loppers, drills, ladders, wheelbarrows, shovels, hammers, rakes, safety cones, water coolers, cordless drills, safety gears, painting equipment) for Eagle Scout projects and community service projects to increase the impact and community revitalization efforts. Video Tour
Eagle Scout Application Process
Read important information about the Eagle Scout application process. The Guide to Advancement is the official source for administering advancement in all Boy Scouts of America programs.
Verify Name on Eagle Scout Certificate
After you receive your Eagle Scout certificate, you have 60 days to contact the council if there are any errors. After the 60 days, there is a $15 charge to make corrections. Send corrections to Jennifer Ausmus at 713-756-3398 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Verify Name for Eagle Scout Wall
The names of all SHAC Eagle Scouts are listed on the wall in front of the Cockrell Scout Center (2225 N Loop W, Houston, TX 77088). The wall is updated annually in late fall. The names are listed as first, middle, last, suffix.
Journey to Excellence
Every Eagle Scout service project must be registered on the Journey to Excellence website. For additional information, contact Jennifer Ausmus at 713-756-3398 or email@example.com.
Share your accomplishments
Attaining the rank of Eagle Scout is a newsworthy event. Nationwide, only 2% of youth who start out in Scouting ever achieve this rank, a rare accomplishment.
• Send pictures of your Eagle Scout project and your Eagle Scout Court of Honor on our council Facebook page (www.fb.com/shac.bsa). Either tag the council Facebook page or send your pictures as a message to the page.
• Eagle Scout information can be provided to the local news media. The troop committee or Eagle Scout’s family can submit a photo and a press release.
New Eagle Scout Reception
The New Eagle Scout Reception recognizes the previous year’s Eagle Scout class. The council continues its tradition of providing this reception free of charge for new Eagle Scouts and their guests. The evening is underwritten with generous sponsorships by many Eagle Scout alumni, charter members and patrons.
Adams Eagle Scout Project of the Year Award
The Glen A. and Melinda W. Adams Eagle Scout Project of the Year recognizes young men who have demonstrated excellence in their Eagle Scout service project. The council winner and up to five finalists are recognized at the annual New Eagle Scout Reception. Each finalist will receive a certificate and the council award recipient will receive a bronze award device for their uniform.
The Scoutmaster Conference
The unit leader (Scoutmaster) conference, regardless of the rank or program, is conducted according to the guidelines in the Troop Leader Guidebook, No. 33009 (volume 1). Note that a Scout must participate or take part in one; it is not a “test.” Requirements do not say he must “pass” a conference. While it makes sense to hold one after other requirements for a rank are met, it is not required that it be the last step before the board of review. This is an important consideration for Scouts on a tight schedule to meet requirements before age 18. Last-minute work can sometimes make it impossible to fit the conference in before then, so scheduling it earlier can avoid unnecessary extension requests. More information can be found in the Guide to Advancement (section 4).
Eagle Scout Board of Review
After a Scout has completed the requirements for any rank or Eagle Palm, he appears before a board of review. Its purpose is to determine the quality of their experience and decide whether he has fulfilled the requirements for the rank. If so, the board not only approves the advancement or Palm but also encourages the youth to continue the quest for the next rank or Palm. Information about conducting a board of review and the particulars that pertain only to the Eagle Scout rank can be found in the Guide to Advancement (section 8).
If a board of review or a board of review under disputed circumstances does not recommend a candidate for rank advancement, only the Scout or their parent or guardian may appeal the decision to the local council. Information about filing and processing an appeal can be found in the Guide to Advancement (section 8).
For questions, contact the district advancement chair.