Trail to Eagle

Eagle MedalEagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). A Scout who attains this rank is called an Eagle Scout or Eagle. Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by more than 2 million young men. The title of Eagle Scout is held for life, thus giving rise to the phrase “Once an Eagle, always an Eagle”.

Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating Scout Spirit through the Boy Scout Oath and Law, service, and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages. Eagle Scouts are presented with a medal and a badge that visibly recognizes the accomplishments of the Scout. Additional recognition can be earned through Eagle Palms, awarded for completing additional tenure, leadership, and merit badge requirements.

Below are a few links to the Eagle documents and forms on the Capital Area Council web site.

  • Eagle Scout service project workbook (filled out on computer) (PDF) – This is the workbook that will be a significant benefit in the documentation of an Eagle project.  It is a PDF form that can be completed online and printed locally.  Additional information about this workbook can be found here.
  • Eagle Scout rank application (PDF) – This Eagle application assistance form will be completed by the Troop Advancement Coordinators.  Once all Eagle requirements are met, except for the Board of Review, coordinate with the Troop Advancement Coordinator, and they will export the report from Troopmaster and submit it via email to the Capital Area Council office Eagle Coordinator.  The Scoutmaster and Scout should receive copies of the email as well.
  • Eagle Scout rank application – council procedures (PDF) – This gives an overview of how the Capital Area Council processes you advancement to Eagle.
  • Eagle Silver PalmEagle Scout palm application – Once as Eagle Scout has met the requirements, they would be eligible to earn Palms.  The Troop Advancement Coordinator will print this form out of Troopmaster and turn it in at the Scout Shop when retrieving awards.  This form is required to be able to purchase Palm awards.
  • Eagle Scout rank alternate Merit Badge application – This is a form to be completed by the Troop Scoutmaster and Committee Chair in the event that a substitution is requested for a required Eagle Merit Badge.
  • Eagle Scout scholarships – The National Eagle Scout Association awards many college scholarships every year.  This page describes what is offered and how to apply.
  • Distinguished Eagle Scout Award Nomination Form (PDF)  – A nomination form for the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.  This award is granted to Eagle Scouts who, after 25 years, have distinguished themselves in their life work and who have shared their talents with their communities on a voluntary basis.

Since we are linking out to the BSA Capital Area Council web site for the above links, there is a chance that the source links change and the above no longer works.  If this is the case, please let the website administrators know.

Eagle Rank PatchThe National Eagle Scout Association site is dedicated to advancing through the Trail to Eagle.

The link below contains the names and addresses of prominent U.S. and Texas leaders or groups who will usually send letters or certificates of congratulations to new Eagle Scouts. Be sure to send a request to your State Representative or Assemblyman, U.S. Congressman, U.S. Senators, Mayor, City Council, County leaders, etc. as many of these will send nice letters.

Good luck on your trail to Eagle.

Eagle Knot Nadge

Eagle Scout Palm Application (135 KB)

Eagle Scout Publicity Form – Austin American-Statesman (12 KB)

Eagle Scout Rank Alternate Merit Badge Application (462 KB)

Eagle Scout Rank Application (552 KB)

Eagle Scout Rank Application (local council procedures) (832 KB)

Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook (2011) (1774 KB)