Eagle Palms

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Eagle Palm requirement resources include the Eagle Palm Application and Merit Badge Worksheets.
Important Boy Scout topics include Active, Scout Spirit, Scoutmaster Conference, and Board of Review.
The Eagle Palm Plan Worksheet can help you chart your course through all 20 Eagle Palms and 121 Merit Badges.

Eagle Palms

Bronze, Gold,
and Silver Palms
Eagle Scout Rank


Eagle Scout is not the end but a beginning

First awarded in 1927, Eagle Palms are not a rank but an award. The requirements include earning 5 additional Merit Badges after earning the Eagle Scout Rank or last Eagle Palm, tenure, and leadership.

The Eagle Scout Rank requires that you earn 21 of the 121 Merit Badges. After earning the Eagle Scout Rank, you can continue to earn Merit badges and Eagle Palms until your 18th birthday. Currently the maximum number of Eagle Palms you can earn is 20, worn as six silver palms and one gold palm. You would need at least 3 months for each palm for a total of 60 months, or five years after earning Eagle. To earn all 20 palms you would need to earn Eagle by your 13th birthday.

Merit Badges for Eagle Palms

Merit Badges for Eagle Palms
Any merit badges beyond those used to earn the Eagle Scout Award, and earned before or after a Boy Scout earns the Eagle Scout Award, may be applied toward requirement 4 for Eagle Palms.
Advancement Policies #33088, p. 12

Eagle Palms requirements

After successfully completing your Eagle Scout board of review on or after Aug. 1, 2017, and being validated as an Eagle Scout by the National Service Center, you will be entitled to receive an Eagle Palm for each additional five merit badges you completed before your Eagle board of review beyond those required for Eagle. All current Scouts who have completed their Eagle board of review and who had not passed their 18th birthday before Aug. 1, 2017, are also entitled to receive Eagle Palms. For these Palms only, it will not be necessary for you to complete the requirements stated below.

After becoming an Eagle Scout and receiving the Eagle Palms you are entitled to, you may earn additional Palms by completing the following requirements:

  1. Be active in the Boy Scouts of America for at least three months after becoming an Eagle Scout or after the last Palm was earned.[1]
  2. Since earning the Eagle Scout rank or your last Eagle Palm, demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Tell how you have done your duty to God and how you have lived the Scout Oath and Scout Law in your everyday life.
  3. Continue to set a satisfactory example of accepting responsibility or demonstrating leadership ability.
  4. Earn five additional merit badges beyond those required for Eagle Scout or last Palm.[2]
  5. While an Eagle Scout, participate in a Scoutmaster[3] conference.
You may wear only the proper combination of Palms for the number of merit badges you earned beyond the rank of Eagle. The Bronze Palm represents five merit badges, the Gold Palm 10, and the Silver Palm 15.


  1. Eagle Palms must be earned in sequence, and the three-month tenure requirement must be observed for each Palm.
  2. Merit Badges earned any time since becoming a Boy Scout may be used to meet this requirement.
  3. For Venturers working on Boy Scout requirements, replace "Scoutmaster" with "Crew Advisor". For Sea Scouts working on Boy Scout requirements, replace "Scoutmaster" with "Skipper".

The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2018 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #641568)

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Requirement resources

1: What does Active really mean? (it's not what you think!)
2: What does Scout Spirit really mean? (It's not what you do in your troop!)
4: Merit Badge Worksheets
4: Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project (with the Eagle Scout Project Checklist)
5: Scoutmaster Conference - Explains that you don't "pass" a Scoutmaster Conference and how to appeal.
6: Board of Review - What can they ask? How long can it be? Is the uniform really required? How do you appeal?

Palm Tracker

Palm Tracker 1.1.xls is an Excel spreadsheet (available here).


  • Calculates Max possible Palms given birthdate and Eagle Board of Review
  • Takes input for merit badges as you earn them
  • Lets you know when earliest possible BOR dates are
  • Gives you a plan of action, whet you need to do for next palm
  • Constantly updates and uses current date to update info
  • Shows the adult square knot that goes with your current palms
  • Tracks up to 12 palms
  • Some troops consider the summer not to be "active time", if so the program can take this into consideration
  • Includes a great help section to guide you through the process.
  • Fully savable so you can enter your data and update as needed with MB's ect.
  • Written by a Scout who wanted to know exactly what was needed and when they could earn their next palm
  • Select day when BOR's are offered to get a more realistic time frame
  • Drop down list featuring all MB's for easier input
  • Better data validation to prevent erroneous information from being entered
  • Updated help section and web site support

Eagle Palm Plan

With careful planning, a Scout can earn a dozen or more Eagle Palms. The optional Eagle Palm Plan Worksheet can help you chart your course through all 20 Eagle Palms and 121 Merit Badges. See the chart below for the sequence of palms, how they are worn, and the minimum tenure requirements:

Merit Badges Bronze Palms Gold Palms Silver Palms Adult Knot
21 Eagle Image:Eagle.gif
26 1     Image:Eagle1.gif
31   1   Image:Eagle2.gif
36     1 Image:Eagle3.gif
41 1   1 Image:Eagle4.gif
46   1 1 Image:Eagle5.gif
51     2 Image:Eagle6.gif
56 1   2    
61   1 2    
66     3    
71 1   3    
76   1 3    
81     4    
86 1   4    
91   1 4    
96     5    
101 1   5    
106   1 5    
111     6    
116 1   6    
121   1 6    

See also

Advancement Policies
Advancement (Report) Boy Scouts (Resources) Service Projects
Rules and Regulations First Class-First Year Eagle Scout Project
 What is Scout Spirit?  Scoutmaster Conferences Lifesaving awards
When is a Scout Active? Time Extensions Summer Camp
When is a Scout in Uniform? Boards of Review - Appeals Merit Badges, Events & FAQ
Scouts with Special Needs Advancement Campout  Cub Scouts  (Resources)
Religious Principle Courts of Honor
Books & References  12 Steps From Life to Eagle  Venturing & Sea Scouts  
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