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

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 2021 Guide to Advancement, Sections,,, and forms and

The three tests are provided in Section The process for requesting and reviewing a time extension is outlined in Section An appeal process has also been established if the council denies an extension. This process is outlined in Section

A guideline for requesting a time extension and links for the forms published at are provided below.

Time Extension Jan. 1, 2021
Request for Time Extension



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:

eagle packet
Service project
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 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.

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.

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.