Eagle Scout Information

[NEW] Citizenship in Society Merit Badge

Starting July 1, 2022, Eagle Scout candidates will be required to complete all Eagle Scout requirements including the new Citizenship in Society merit badge.

Eagle Scout candidates will continue to use the current rank requirements until June 30, 2022 and will not be required to complete the new Citizenship in Society Merit Badge as long as they complete all of the current Eagle Rank requirements before July 1, 2022. They do not have to submit their final Eagle Scout application nor complete their Eagle Scout Board of Review prior to July 1, 2022 but must complete all current Eagle Scout requirements before then.
(see the Citizenship in Society Eagle Scout requirements clarification page on the BSA website for more information.)

NCAC Eagle Scout Procedures Guide

The NCAC Eagle Scout Procedures Guide provides guidance to Life Scouts and Scouters in the NCAC on the policies and procedures relating to the Eagle rank and to address commonly asked questions and issues. This information is intended to supplement BSA publications. It is not intended to answer all questions. National BSA policies and procedures, as stated in national publications, have precedence over this document.

The Eagle Scout Service Project

The Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook is an “expandable” PDF. This fillable PDF document contains new functionalities for this electronic workbook that include expandable text boxes and the ability to insert images in JPEG, GIF, TIF, and PNG formats and much much more:

A two-page brochure was recently made available by the national Advancement Team and is intended for a project beneficiary interested in helping a Life Scout with their Eagle Scout Service Project.

The Guide to Safe Scouting provides information applicable to a Scout’s Eagle Scout Service Project. The first is the age guidelines for the use of hand tools and power tools, working heights and elevations, and excavations. The second is a list of service project planning guidelines that should appear in the Final Plan section of the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook.

The Eagle Scout Rank Application and Board of Review

The Eagle Scout Rank Application (ESRA) is updated annually so Scouts (and Scouters) need to make sure they are using the most current version. This form is completed when all requirements for the rank of Eagle (except the board of review) have been completed. The NCAC Eagle Scout Procedures Guide provides detailed instructions for completing the application, having it reviewed and initialed by the District Eagle Representative, and then sent to the council service center for verification.

  • Eagle Scout Rank Application (ESRA) for non-Scoutbook users
    Scoutbook users may download the ESRA by going to the bottom of the Scout’s page, selecting Reports, then clicking on Eagle Application. A PDF version of the ESRA will open with the information from Scoutbook filled in. Save the file, then update as needed.
    [The ESRA may now be generated by the unit Key3 & Advancement Chair from Internet Advancement as well.]

NCAC is required by BSA policy to verify all Eagle Scout Rank Applications prior to the Board of Review. This verification ensures that all the Scouts’ dates, requirements, and merit badges are accurate before the candidate sits for his Eagle Board of Review. This procedure reduces errors in submitted ESRAs and improves the overall processing time at the NCAC. The following document mirrors the procedures in the NCAC Eagle Scout Procedures Guide.

Eagle Scout Boards of Review may be conducted via videoconferencing (VTC). The intent for VTC is for “those rare situations where it is unreasonable to expect a Scout to travel long distances or to wait several months, it is permissible to use videoconferencing.” Pursuant to bullet #1, the NCAC Advancement and Recognition committee approves the use of VTCs for Eagle Scout Boards of Review when circumstances do not permit an in-person board of review.” (GTA 8.0.1.6)

Extension Guidance

We cannot diminish or alter in any way the Eagle Scout Rank Requirements spelled out in the current Scouts BSA Handbook. The Guide to Advancement (GTA) does include policies where through no fault of their own the Life Scout is not able to actively participate in the Troop meet all the requirements by their 18th birthday. NCAC has the authority to grant limited extensions of time to complete Eagle, Quartermaster, or Summit requirements. This extension is available only to youth members who qualify under the three tests listed in The Guide to Advancement (GTA) section 9.0.4.0 Time Extensions,, which is linked here and posted at www.scouting.org/advancement. The process for requesting and reviewing a time extension is outlined in GTA section 9.0.4.1. The form can be found at 11.2.0.0.

When submitting the form and other paperwork, please include the Scout’s name in any electronic file names. Send the request form and supporting information to the following individuals:

          Alan Deter, NCAC Advancement Chair, alandeter@verizon.net
          Brad Scales, NCAC Appeals and Extension Coordinator, msva_tenor@yahoo.com
          Eric Smith, NCAC Program Director, eric.smith@scouting.org

An appeal process has also been established if we deny an extension. This process is outlined in GTA section 9.0.4.2 and includes a separate form linked at 11.2.1.0.

National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award

The National Eagle Scout Association established the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award to recognize valuable service of an exceptional nature by a Scout to a religious institution, a school, community, or other entity. The award recognizes the Scout for his Eagle Scout leadership service project. Each year, local councils select a council-level winner, and from that pool, each region selects a region-level winner. A national winner is then selected from the four regional finalists.

Other resources

Visit the National online advancement resources page for other Eagle Scout resources and forms.

For questions about the Eagle Scout Rank, or other advancement questions, please contact your District Advancement & Recognition Chair.