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.
Effective Jan. 1, 2021, local councils will have the authority to grant limited extensions of time to complete Eagle, Quartermaster, or Summit requirements. These extensions are available only to youth members who qualify under the three tests listed in the attached advance copy of topics 188.8.131.52, 184.108.40.206, 220.127.116.11, and forms 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124 from the 2021 edition of the Guide to Advancement (GTA), which will be published early in the year. Advance copies of these topics and forms are also published at www.scouting.org/advancement.
The three tests are laid out in topic 126.96.36.199. The process for requesting and reviewing a time extension is outlined in topic 188.8.131.52. An appeal process has also been established if the council denies an extension. This process is outlined in topic 184.108.40.206.
Though the updated GTA containing these three topics will not be published until after the new year, the authority outlined in topics 220.127.116.11, 18.104.22.168, and 22.214.171.124 will take effect on Jan. 1, 2021.
Council Advancement Committees are advised that after Dec. 31, 2020, there is no plan to authorize COVID extensions as has been allowed during 2020. It is possible, however, that as of Jan. 1, 2021, COVID could become a circumstance that warrants an extension if it qualifies under the three tests listed in 126.96.36.199. Note that existing COVID extensions granted between Oct. 1, 2020, and Dec. 31, 2020, will expire three months after they were granted.
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.
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.