First awarded in 1927, Eagle Palms are an award but not a rank. The requirements include earning 5 additional Merit Badges, 3-months tenure, and continued commitment to the Scout Oath, Scout Law and Leadership development.

The Eagle Scout rank requires the Scout to earn 21 Merit Badges. After earning the Eagle Scout rank, each Scout can continue to earn Merit Badges and Eagle Palms until their 18th birthday. The palms are awarded in the traditional Scout order of Bronze (5), Gold (10), and then Silver (15).


Effective August 1, 2017 after successfully completing your Eagle Scout board of review and being validated as an Eagle Scout by the National Service Center, you will be entitled to receive an Eagle Palm for each additional 5 merit badges you have completed before your Eagle Scout board of review. For these Palms only, it will not be necessary for you to complete any of the requirements stated below.

After becoming an Eagle Scout, you may earn additional Palms by completing the following requirements.

  1. Be active in the Boy Scouts of America for at least three months after becoming an Eagle Scout or after the last Palm was earned.

  2. Since earning the Eagle Scout rank or your last Eagle Palm, demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Tell how you have done your duty to God and how you have lived the Scout Oath and Scout Law in your everyday life.

  3. Continue to set a satisfactory example of accepting responsibility or demonstrating leadership ability.

  4. Earn five additional merit badges beyond those required for Eagle or last Palm.

  5. While an Eagle Scout, participate in a Scoutmaster conference. A board of review is no longer required for Eagle Palms.

palm Process

  1. Scout completes the Eagle Palm requirements.

  2. Unit conducts a Scoutmaster, Varsity Coach or Venture Advisor conference.

  3. Unit enters the Palm into Internet Advancement and prints out the Internet Advancement Report. The Eagle Palm Application is no longer required.

  4. At a Scout Shop, the Unit turns in the Internet Advancement Report and purchases the​ Eagle Palm and Card.