The Eagle Scout Award is the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouts and is a tremendous honor. Eagle Scouts value perseverance, discipline, leadership, accountability, and achievement. Those lead to tangible benefits:
- College admissions: Admissions officers recognize the award and consider it in their decisions. Being an Eagle Scout won't make up for poor grades, but it will give an applicant an advantage. The officers may not be familiar with other awards a student has won or organizations he's in, but they recognize the Eagle Scout rank.
- Scholarships: Eagle Scouts are eligible for many scholarships. Unigo, a network for future college students, offers a list of Eagle Scout-only scholarships.
- Military rank: Every branch of the U.S. military allows Eagle Scouts to enter at a higher rank and pay grade than people who aren't Eagle Scouts.
- Career: Many employment recruiters look for "Eagle Scout" on a resume. Employers are looking for the traits that Eagle Scouts possess.
In addition to exhibiting the character befitting an Eagle, candidates are responsible to follow all BSA policies for eligibility. Scouts are encouraged to spend much time researching and reading all current information before beginning work toward Eagle Rank. Below is some helpful information, categorized by timeline.
BEFORE YOU START
COMPLETING YOUR EAGLE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
AFTER EARNING YOUR EAGLE