What is the Eagle Scout Rank?
Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Scouts BSA program. Since its inception in 1911, only 6.8% of Scouts have earned this rank after a lengthy review process. The Eagle Scout rank has been earned by over 2.5 million youth.
Eagle Scouts value perseverance, discipline, motivation, leadership, accountability, and achievement. Even people who are not familiar with the requirements to reach Eagle status, recognize the prestigious award. In order for a Scout to make Eagle, a Scout must earn all his ranks starting with Scout, earn 21 merit badges with 13 of these specifically required merit badges, serve 6 months in a leadership position, attend a Scoutmaster conference and pass an Eagle Scout Board of Reviews.
Whie earning the Eagle Scout rank is hardwork, it may open many doors throughout their lives. Many college admmission officers recognize the Eagle Scout rank and Eagle Scouts are eligible for many scholarships, some for Eagle Scouts only. Every branch of the U.S. Military allows for Eagle Scouts to enter at a higher rank and pay grade than people who are not Eagle Scouts, and some employment recruiters look for Eagle Scout to be on a resume.
For those getting ready to embark on the Eagle Scout journey, check out our Eagles Nest for resources.