Eagle Scout Information

Eagle Scout Rank Advancement and the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
(updated 3/28/2020)

In light of the closures, cancellations, or other issues caused by the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) questions have arisen, especially from Life Scouts, parents and leaders about how this will impact the opportunity to earn the Eagle Scout Rank.

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.  

To help our Life Scouts answers many of their questions, we provide the following information from the GTA.  Additionally the National Capital Area Advancement and Recognition Committee Guidance on Advancement During COVID-19 provides guidelines to allow Scouts BSA advancement to continue during the COVID-19 restriction.  Some relate specifically to the Eagle Scout Service Project and Eagle Scout Boards of Review.  At the end there is the National Capital Area Council Time Extension Request for those who need it.

Guide to Advancement 2019

Active Participation
GTA “if a unit takes time off it must count that time toward the Scout’s active participation requirement.” So, time missed due to canceled unit meetings still counts toward active participation.

Position of Responsibility
GTA While meeting a unit’s expectations, “if a unit takes time off, such as during the summer months, it must count that time toward service in a position of responsibility.”  Therefore, if youth are unable to meet the expectations of their positions because of COVID-19 disruptions, then units may need to waive or rethink the expectations.

Time Extensions beyond the 18th birthday
GTA “A [Life] Scout who foresees that, due to no fault or choice of their own, it will not be possible to complete the Eagle Scout rank requirements before age 18, may apply for a limited time extension.”  

If a Scout has previously received an extension, they may apply for additional time due to these unusual circumstances.

NOTE: The BSA has delegated NCAC the authority to approve these requests through Sept 30, 2020 to expedite the processing.  To request an extension where COVID-19 disruptions were the only circumstances causing requiring the extension, complete the National Capital Area Council Time Extension Request.  [This form may also be used for Summit and Quartermaster Award extensions extension beyond the Scout’s 21st birthday.]

When a time extension is requested, the Scout should continue working on the requirements as they are able—e.g., independently, or over the phone or videoconference—and at Scouting activities once they resume, while processing occurs

Eagle Scout Boards of Review Through Videoconferencing (VTC)

GTA “1.  The local council must grant permission to hold a videoconference board of review for the Eagle Scout rank.”

For VTCing an Eagle Board, an Eagle Scout candidate needs NCAC approval – an e-mail is preferred to the NCAC Advancement & Recognition Chair, but a call would also suffice.  Please provide the Scouts name, BSA ID#, unit, and district in the request. (see the Guidance document linked above)

The intent for VTC is when a Scout is remote or a delay could be several months AND the Scout has exhausted the allowable time to have the board of review in person (6 months after 18th birthday with council approval).  

Electronic or digital signatures on the Eagle Scout Rank Application
The BSA has authorized electronic or digital signatures be accepted through September 30, 2020.

Be advised that due to staff at the National Office not being able to access the building, Eagle Scout Rank Applications are not being processed at this time.  Please DO NOT take or send any Eagle Scout Candidate notebooks to the Marriott Scout Service Center for processing until we indicate that staff are able to access the National Office and are able to start processing the Eagle Scout Rank Applications again.

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


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 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 (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 in 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.

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.

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