Council Eagle Required Badges in the Star and Life Ranks

Did you know? Candidates for Star or Life, in the selection of “any four” or “any three,” respectively, of the merit badges required for Eagle, may choose from all those listed, including where alternatives are available: Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving; Cycling OR Hiking OR Swimming; and Environmental Science OR Sustainability.

For example, if a Scout earns Cycling, Hiking, and Swimming, all three of them count as Eagle-required for Life rank.

Only one, however, would serve toward the required merit badges for the Eagle Scout rank. The other two would count toward the optional merit badges required to make up the total of 21 merit badges.

Note that Star and Life requirements each allow two non-Eagle-required merit badges. It is the Scout’s decision, however, to earn more—or all—of the merit badges for the Star and Life ranks from the Eagle-required list.

Ref: Earning Eagle-Required Merit Badges for Star or Life RankSee more in the Guide to Advancement:

Helpful Hints | Eagle Application

Did you know, Scouts, parents and leaders can print a draft copy of an Eagle Application directly from Scoutbook? This saves tons of time and typos! Log into Scoutbook, navigate to the Scout, then click on reports.

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