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 Scout Extensions
Currently, councils have the authority to grant Eagle extensions through December 31, 2020 with the following limitations:
- It can be established that COVID-19 disruptions were the only circumstances that delayed work on Eagle Scout/Summit/Quartermaster advancement requirements, such as the service project or merit badges.
- Extensions shall only be granted to youth in Scouts BSA who have already achieved Life rank.
- Extensions are for 3 months beyond the Scout’s 18th (or 21st for Summit or Quartermaster) birthday. An additional time extension of three months can be granted to those who received an extension and whose birthday is before October 2020. A third extension is possible for those who received an extension before July 2020 but will need to be carefully evaluated. If a youth has previously received an extension for cause from National, they can apply for an extension.
The current (Nov/Dec 2020) COVID-19 restrictions may impact Eagle candidates preventing them from competing requirements before their 18th birthday. If so, please submit a request for extension prior to December 20th so we can review and process the request. The requirements and form for requesting an extension are found on the TFC website on the COVID-19 Update page. If National does not extend the December 31st date, then any request received after that date will be forwarded to National for approval.
Trail to Eagle Workshop
Our Council Advancement Committee Chair Bob Charles and Advancement Committee Member Marti Jernberg held the 2020 Trail to Eagle workshop. This class was designed to help those Scouts that are working toward earning the Rank of Eagle Scout. Some of the objectives covered are:
Special needs Scouts
Boards of review
The following PDF is the slide show that goes along with this training.
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.Learn More
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.