As the final step in the process of determining the qualifications for the rank of Eagle Scout, an Eagle Scout Board of Review must be conducted. At that time, members of the Board of Review will discuss, with the Scout, his achievements as a Boy Scout, and in his daily life, and determine if he meets the requirements for the high rank of Eagle Scout. Those requirements include a series of advancements, the earning of at least 21 Merit Badges, and evidence of leadership skills. A candidate for Eagle Scout must serve in one or more leadership positions in the Troop, and must plan, develop, and lead others in a service project helpful to a religious institution, school, camp, or other community organization not affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America.

The Eagle Scout letter of recommendation is a letter that supports a Life Scout’s candidacy for Eagle Scout, the highest achievement in the Boy Scouting Program of the BSA (Boy Scouts of America).

Instructions to Scout:

Everyone you listed on your Eagle application in requirement #2 is expected to give a recommendation. The only reference that may be omitted is employer, if you do not have a job. The Letter of Recommendation is confidential and is not to be returned directly to you. You should provide the person you are requesting a reference from a link to this page (Short url: or a stamped envelope with the address below. Your Advancement Chairman or the leader designated to collect Eagle recommendation letters will hold all your letters and will be responsible for delivering them to the District Advancement Committee member handling your Eagle Scout Board of Review. You should not be involved personally in transmitting any correspondence between persons listed as references and the Troop or the District.

Instructions to Writer of Recommendation:

An Eagle Scout candidate must demonstrate that he lives by the principles of the Scout Oath, and Law in his daily life. In this regard, the candidate has indicated that you know him personally, and that you would be willing to provide a letter of recommendation on his behalf. Please note that the contents of the letter will NOT be shown to or discussed with the candidate, nor with anyone not a member of the Eagle Scout Board of Review.

This letter of recommendation should be based upon your personal interaction with the Eagle Scout candidate and should take into consideration your observance of how he exemplifies the points listed below in the Scout Oath and the Scout Law in his everyday life. You can submit the form below, send a letter, send an email or verbally (see details below).

Instructions to the Troop Advancements Committee:

Please collect and hold all the recommendation letters for your unit’s Eagle Scout candidates. Please do not open them if closed or share them, they are solely for the use of the Eagle Board of Review. When an Eagle candidate has completed his Eagle book (application, statement of ambition and life purpose, project workbook), please submit everything, including the Letters of Recommendation to the District Advancement Committee member handling that particular Eagle Scout Board of Review. The District will accept a letter, an email, a verbal report (if you called the reference and just got a verbal reference, then report the verbal reference directly to the Board of Review members).

The Scout Oath

On my Honor, I will do my best To do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

The Scout Law

A Scout is:

TRUSTWORTHY: A Scout tells the truth. He keeps his promises. Honesty is a Part of his code of conduct. People can always depend on him.

LOYAL: A Scout is true to his family, friends, Scout leaders, school, nation, and world community.

HELPFUL: A Scout is concerned about other people. He willingly volunteers to help others without expecting payment or reward.

FRIENDLY: A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts. He seeks to understand others. He respects those with ideas and customs that are different from his own.

COURTEOUS: A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position. To keep myself physically He knows that good manners make it easier for people to get along together.

KIND: A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle. He treats others mentally awake, and as he wants to be treated. He does not harm or kill anything without reason.

OBEDIENT: A Scout follows the rules of his family school, and troop. He obeys the laws of his community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.

CHEERFUL: A Scout looks for the bright side of life. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.

THRIFTY: A Scout works to pay his way and to help others. He saves for the future. He protects and conserves natural resources. He carefully uses time and property.

BRAVE: A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid. He has the courage to stand for what be thinks is right even if others laugh at him or threaten him.

CLEAN: A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean. He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals. He helps keep his home and community clean.

REVERENT: A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.