Advancement Resources


Members Only Advancement Links [Scouts, Counselors and Scoutmaster Staff]

The links for these items are for troop members only. They require the troop Login and Password

Service Project Requirements

Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge - SERVICE PROJECT

Requirement #7. Do the following:

7a. Identify three charitable organizations outside of Scouting that interest you and bring people in your community together to work for the good of your community.

7b. Pick ONE of the organizations you chose for requirement 7a. Using a variety of resources (including newspapers, fliers and other literature, the Internet, volunteers, and employees of the organization), find out more about this organization.

7c. With your counselor's and your parent's approval, contact the organization you chose for requirement 7b and find out what young people can do to help. While working on this merit badge, volunteer at least eight hours of your time for the organization. After your volunteer experience is over, discuss what you have learned with your counselor.

Service Time  Details - Many of these apply to the Tenderfoot to Life requirements, not the Eagle project.

Eagle Advancement Starts at Age 11!

When a boy or girl joins Boy Scouts, the rank of Eagle Scout and their18th birthday seems so far away. However, as most Scouts find out, the time passes very quickly! What starts out at a leisurely pace of advancement turns into a race against time and age 18. No names, but you know who you are!

This note is to give all Scouts and parents an insight into several of the advancement hurdles that really cannot wait until the last minute. One of the stories I like to pass on is about a Scout in the troop who was an outstanding young man and very active in the troop and high school sports. However, time slipped away. He did not get Star in time to get Life and then to get Eagle. Each of these ranks require a minimum time at rank before advancement: active in the troop at least four months to earn Star; at least six months to earn Life; and active at least six months to earn Eagle. 

 Therefore, based on the requirements summarized above, a Scout needs, at the very minimum, to be Star before turning age 17 in order to meet the time requirements for Life and Eagle.


Eagle Scout Service Project 

Scouts should plan on about 3 months from start to finish for their Eagle Scout Service Project. IMPORTANT –there are multiple signatures, presentations and levels of planning that must occur before starting a project.

Merit Badges With Extended Time Requirements 

These Eagle required merit badges CANNOT BE COMPLETED AT THE LAST MINUTE. They each have extended time requirements:


Personal Management Merit Badge

Perhaps the most difficult of the Eagle required merit badges. There are a good number of requirements for this badge that require direct instruction from the merit badge counselor.


Family Life Merit Badge


Personal Fitness Merit Badge


Camping Merit Badge

It is important to note the specifics of this merit badge. There is no way to complete it in one year! Scouts must be active in the camping program during their time in the troop!


Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge

 How to Earn a Merit Badge