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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Reporting Eagle Palms (PDF)
Appealing an Eagle Board of Review Decision
Eagle Board of Review Under Disputed Circumstances
Eagle Time Extension
The Life to Eagle Process