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San Gabriel Valley Council

Life to Eagle Process


The information provided in this document was developed to assist scouts and their families through the Eagle process. Except for the Eagle Board of Review, all the requirements below must be completed and turned into the Council/District before the Scout’s 18th birthday. If necessary an Eagle Board of Review may take place up to three months after the Scout’s 18th birthday. However, this is not recommended.

Units have the primary responsibility in monitoring a Scout’s growth and progress during their scouting experience. Councils/Districts work with units to provide support and ensure national policies are followed.


National Requirements for Eagle Scout: 

  1. Be active in your troop, team, crew, or ship for a period of at least 6 months after achieving the rank of Life Scout.
  2. Demonstrate that you live by the principles of the Scout Oath and Law in your daily life. List six personal references.
  3. Complete a total of 21 merit badges (12 eagle required).
  4. While a Life Scout, serve actively for a period of six months in a position of responsibility.
  5. While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project. You must use the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook.
  6. Take part in a Scoutmaster conference.
  7. Successfully complete an Eagle Scout board of review.


Units may establish reasonable standards to define what active means within their troop. These standards should be communicated to the scouts when they join and periodically there after.


Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook

Each Scout and their family should read the entire Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook before selecting a project. Scouts should work closely with their unit’s leader when selecting a suitable project. Once selected the “project proposal” section of the workbook should be filled out and the appropriate signatures secured. Remember this is a “proposal” not a finished plan. It need only be detailed enough to show the reviewer that the project meets the requirements for an Eagle Scout Service Project. If fund raising is necessary for the project the Eagle Scout Service Project Fundraising Application shall be filled out and be signed by the District designee along with the proposal.

Requesting Letters of Recommendation

There is no specific time when letters of recommendations need to be requested. However a Scout should allow enough time for references to respond to his request before his board of review. See the sample letter requesting a reference. Unresponsive references shall not be used to deny or postpone a board of review. References must be from adults who can comment on the Scout’s character.

Scheduling an Eagle Scout Board of Review

The following three items must be provided to the District Advancement Chair or designee to schedule an Eagle Scout Board of Review.

  1. Completed Eagle Scout application. Signed by the Scout, the unit leader and Committee Chairman.
  2. Scout life statement, requirement # 6 from Eagle Application.
  3. Completed Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook. Signed by Scout, unit leader and Benefactor.

Once this material is received the Council’s designee will verify the information on the application and board of review will be scheduled.

Other materials a Scout may be requested to provide to assist the board in reviewing his scouting experience.

  1. Scout resume OR individual participation and advancement reports provided by the unit’s advancement chairman.
  2. Blue cards for all merit badges.
  3. Other certificates or awards related to his scouting participation.
  4. Pictures relating to scouting events and outings.

All materials provided to the Eagle Board should be in a logical format. The use of a three ring binder with dividers is encouraged. However, this is not a requirement. Each Scout is different and should be allowed to express himself.

Eagle Scout Board of Review

The District Advancement Chair or designee must select a board consisting of three to six members. One member of the Board must be a member of the district committee and act as Chair. The remaining members are only required to be a minimum of 21 years old. Districts should attempt to recruit members from the community to sit on these boards. Parents, relatives and unit leaders of the scout can not be members of the board.

The board of review is neither a retest nor a challenge of a scout’s knowledge.

Typically a board of review with the Scout will last approximately 30 minutes up to 45 minutes.

A scout should be in full field uniform. However he may also be in the uniform as members of his unit wear it and neat in appearance. Scouts may not be rejected or denied a board because of uniforming.

Boards should focus on how scouting has helped the boy develop his character; understand his citizenship responsibilities and the need to be both mentally and physically fit. Specific skills and knowledge should not be the focus of the Board.

At the conclusion of the review, the Scout will be informed of the Boards decision. If granted the rank of Eagle, the Scout will be congratulated. If the Scout is denied the rank of Eagle he will be informed of the reason(s) verbally. The Board Chair shall then prepare a written letter explaining which requirements were lacking. This letter will be sent to the Council Staff Advisor for Advancement within 7 days. The Scout will also be advised of how he may appeal the Board’s decision if he desires.

Life to Eagle Timeline

A minimum age is not a requirement for the rank of Eagle, however all requirements must be completed before the Scout’s 18th birthday.  A Scout’s maturity and ability to legitimately fulfill the requirements should be the sole consideration on a boy’s advancement through the process.

Step One:      Complete rank requirements 1 thru 6.  Requests for letters of recommendation should be sent two to three weeks before the Scout turns in his application and project. If a Scout is nearing his 18th birthday, this should also be considered.

Step Two:      Meet with the District Advancement Chair or designee to turn in your; Eagle Application, Life Statement, Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook and what ever other materials the Scout has chosen to provide.

Step Three:  The Advancement Chair shall verify the information on the application with the Council. If there are no issues with the application a board of review will be scheduled. Normally this should occur within two weeks.

Step Four:     Eagle Board of Review is conducted. The Scout is granted the rank of Eagle Scout.

Step Five:     If the Scout is denied the rank of Eagle he will be told verbally why he was denied. The Scout will also be advised of the appeals process.

If all parties have successfully done their part; from the Scout, the unit and its leadership and the Council/District, denials should rarely occur.

National Documents:
Council Documents:

If there are any questions on this process contact your District Advancement Chair.