The Trail to Eagle

The Eagle Scout rank is a life-long achievement that’s always carried a special significance. It has been said that, "Once an Eagle. Always an Eagle." College, business, the military and community service leaders all respect an Eagle Scout for what he has accomplished and what it represents.

This performance-based achievement has high standards that not everyone will earn. Only about 6 percent of all Boy Scouts earn Eagle, making about 2 million Eagle Scouts since 1912. Scouts will use their Scout Handbook and troop/crew/team leadership to complete the requirements for the Eagle Scout rank. Because of the unique nature of this award, special procedures, forms, and resources are available to help the Scout, their families, and Scout leaders along the trail to Eagle.

Eagle Palm News

The BSA has announced significant changes to the way Scouts earn Eagle Palms. The modifications take effect Aug. 1, 2017.
The changes bring Eagle Palm requirements in line with the needs of older Scouts. The National Boy Scouting Subcommittee has eliminated unnecessary obstacles, such as the Eagle Palm board of review, and expanded the definition of active participation.
But the biggest change affects young men who haven’t yet earned Eagle. Beginning Aug. 1, all earned Palms may be awarded instantly to new Eagle Scouts at their Eagle court of honor. This abolishes the wait of months or years for these young men to receive all Palms available to them.
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Eagle Rank Guidelines

The definitive source for all things Eagle is the BSA's Guide to Advancement. This link takes you directly to the interactive section regarding Eagle Scout rank advancement.

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Eagle Project Workbook

The BSA publishes an electronically-fillable form, as well as instructions for downloading and completing the Eagle Project workbook. Fundraising for your Eagle Project has some special requirements that must be followed. Please review our Fundraising FAQ for the details.

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Eagle Scout Rank Application

The BSA official source for the Eagle Scout Rank Application. Download and complete the application. We've included a handy checklist for Scouts and parents to use when completing the Application form.

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Eagle Scout Character References

Three Fires Council has chosen to implement the character references required by the eagle application through the use of the TFC Eagle Reference Letter Form. The Eagle candidate should supply their references with this form and a stamped envelope addressed to their unit leader (or other reference letter contact designated by their unit). The unit turns in the unopened reference letters with the candidate's eagle application and workbook. Visit our frequently asked questions list for important information about reference letters.

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TFC Advancement Central

From merit badges to forms and program helps to other recognition and awards, the Three Fires Council Advancement Central is a great place to start your Journey to Eagle.

National Eagle Scout Association

NESA is the national alumni association for Eagle Scouts and is an invaluable resource for parents, Scouts and volunteers.

A Gathering of Eagles

Each February, Three Fires Council recognizes the young men who have reached the pinnacle of Scouting in a formal recognition banquet. Visit the TFC Calendar and watch the Activities page for our next event.

Additional Resources

Upon receipt of the Eagle Application, the Council verifies that the information is complete and accurate. If everything is complete and correct, the council provides a certification signature, files a copy of the application and sends the original and project workbook to the district advancement committee to schedule the board of review. Three Fires Council policy is that reference letters are requested as part of the Eagle package submission. The Council has the responsibility to secure recommendations and has elected to do this via letters. The Council has elected to designate the Eagle Candidate the responsibility to secure the recommendations in a sealed letter format. The Council will accept the Eagle application without the reference letters, will request that reference letters be provided and if reference letters are not received within two weeks will forward the package to the district. Upon receipt of the package by the district advancement committee, they will contact the unit to schedule the board of review. If reference letters are not received than the Council delegates the responsibility to the Chair of the Eagle Board to contact the reference, collect the responses and present the findings at the Eagle Board of Review. Completed reference responses of any kind are the property of the council and are confidential, and only review-board members and those officials with a specific need may see them. The responses are not to be viewed by or returned to the Scout.