Here’s how Eagle Palms work

With 136 different merit badges available — from American Business to Woodwork — you can’t blame a Scout for not stopping after No. 21.

The Boy Scouts of America encourages this behavior. That’s why the BSA offers Eagle palms to Scouts who earn more than the 21 merit badges required for the Eagle Scout rank.

Once he becomes an Eagle, a Scout can earn one Eagle palm for every five extra merit badges he earns. He can earn palms as quickly as one every three months, provided he remains active in his unit and meets other requirements.

You can buy Eagle palms at your local Scout shop. They’re considered “restricted items,” meaning you’ll need the required paperwork.

To better understand these impressive recognition items, here’s a step-by-step guide to how Eagle palms work. 

How to earn an Eagle palm

Step 1: Become an Eagle Scout

Eagle palms are pretty rare because Eagle Scouts themselves are rare. That makes Step 1 of earning an Eagle palm — become an Eagle Scout — easily the most difficult step.

In case you aren’t aware, here are the requirements to become an Eagle Scout.

Step 2: Earn more merit badges

A Scout earned 21 merit badges to become an Eagle Scout. To get that first bronze Eagle palm, he’ll need to increase that merit badge count to at least 26.

The bronze palm represents five additional merit badges. Read about gold and silver palms below.

Any merit badges beyond the 21 required will count toward Eagle palms, regardless of when they’re earned.

In other words, if the Scout earned 26 (or 46 or 86) merit badges before becoming an Eagle, those extras count toward palms. He doesn’t need to wait until he’s an Eagle Scout to earn those extra, palmworthy merit badges.

But he does need to wait at least three months to get that first palm. Speaking of …

Step 3: Remain active in troop and patrol for three months

To earn that first bronze palm, a Scout must be active in his troop and patrol for at least three months after becoming an Eagle Scout.

The clock starts on the board of review date, which is the date he officially becomes an Eagle Scout.

He must also demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath and Scout Law in his everyday life. And he must make a satisfactory effort to develop and demonstrate leadership ability.

Step 4: Complete a Scoutmaster conference and board of review

The Scoutmaster conference and board of review for Eagle palms will look a lot like what the Scout experienced while earning Tenderfoot through Life.

The conference is a discussion between Scoutmaster and Scout (in full view of others to avoid one-on-one time). The board of review determines the quality of his experience and decides whether he has fulfilled the requirements for the palm. If so, the board not only approves his palm but also encourages him to continue the quest for the next palm.

On that note …

Step 5: Repeat with more merit badges, more months of tenure

The palm-earning process repeats with every five additional merit badges earned. Eagle palms must be earned in sequence, and the three-month tenure requirement must be observed for each palm.

In other words, Scouts may only earn one palm at a time. A new three-month clock begins when he earns his previous palm (on the board of review date).

Example: Let’s say there’s a Life Scout who has earned 56 merit badges. Impressive!

He becomes an Eagle Scout on Jan. 1. As long as he remains active and meets the other Eagle palm requirements I list above, he can earn his first bronze palm on April 1. If he keeps it up, he’ll get a gold palm on July 1. And so on until he turns 18 or runs out of merit badges.

Step 6: Wear the right palm (or palms)

eagle-palms-on-the-podiumA bronze palm represents five additional merit badges, a gold palm 10, and a silver palm 15. (Related: Why does silver outrank gold in some Scouting awards?)

What about 20, 25, 30, etc.? That’s when you start combining palms. (Warning: Math required!)

Here’s what a Scout would wear at the first six palm milestones:

  • 26 total merit badges (21 required + 5 additional) = 1 bronze palm
  • 31 total merit badges (21 required + 10 additional) = 1 gold palm
  • 36 total merit badges (21 required + 15 additional) = 1 silver palm
  • 41 total merit badges (21 required + 20 additional) = 1 bronze palm and 1 silver palm
  • 46 total merit badges (21 required + 25 additional) = 1 gold palm and 1 silver palm
  • 51 total merit badges (21 required + 30 additional) = 2 silver palms

The pattern continues like that until the Scout runs out of merit badges or turns 18.

Step 7: Know where to wear palms

eagle-palms-on-badgeEagle Scout palms may be worn in one of three locations:

  • On the Eagle Scout square knot, which is worn by adult Scouters.
  • Attached to the ribbon of the Eagle Scout medal, which is worn on special occasions by youth and adults.
  • On the Eagle Scout rank emblem (patch), which is sewn on the youth field uniform.

Step 8: Keep it up until age 18

All of the requirements except the board of review must be completed before age 18, and time extensions are not available.

That means a young man who earns Eagle at age 14 or 15 has plenty of time to earn many palms.



  1. Any statistics available on the number of scouts that earn a palm or palms? I know what only about 2% of scouts earn their Eagle. I think this would be an interesting number to share as a motivator for my Troop

      • Do you plan to update the article to show palms awarded in 2014? Our troop has an Eagle Scout who was awarded his seventh palm last month and it would be interesting to see the statistics.

        • I’ll post all of my 2014 “stats” content as soon as I get the data. Those are some of my favorite posts to write.

      • Bryan, So the requirements have changed as of Jan 1st, does your outline still work for earning palms. The way I read the new requirements, you must earn each merit badge after the Eagle Rank has been awarded…. please assist as my son has 31 badges now and I would like to have him earn as many palms as he is entitled to earn.

        Thank you.

    • There seems to be some confusion on my son’s eligibility of getting his final silver palm… He earned all the required merit badges for all 3 palms (a total of 36) well before he earned his Eagle rank. Now that he has turned18, he is being told he cannot get his last palm. I thought as long as you have already EARNED the merit badges, you could still be awarded the palms even after 18 if you are active with the troop… Please help clarify! Thanks!!

      • A boy who has earned Eagle may earn Palms up until age 18. To earn a Palm they must continue to be active in their troop for 3 months since completing Eagle, or their last Palm, and have 5 merit badges completed that they have not used toward Eagle or a prior Palm.

        For example, my son earned his Eagle Rank at 15. He had some “extra” merit badges upon completing Eagle and continued to earn more. 3 months after earning his Eagle he used 5 badges not used toward Eagle to get his first Palm. 3 months later he still had enough unclaimed merit badges to get his next…

        Currently he has just earned his second Bronze Palm (4th total Palm), which means he has continued to be active in his troop for 12 months so far since earning Eagle and has used a total of 20 badges beyond Eagle (or 41 total merit badges overall). He has 5 more earned left that will get him through one more Palm in 3 months. If he wants to continue earning Palms beyond that he will need to finish some more merit badges. His goal is to earn three Silver, to get there he will need to earn 20 more badges than he already has before he turns 18 and pace them so completes each set of five on a roughly every 3-4 months as there has to be a 3 month period before another palm may be earned.

        I hope that clarifies it!

  2. It’s always amazed me how difficult this is for some to understand. I often see Scouts with a mixture of palms (example: bronze, gold, and silver for 15 merit badges). Scouts (and their leaders) need to know that ‘previous palms’ are replaced by the new ones.

  3. Need your advise on this part of earning Palms “And he must make a satisfactory effort to develop and demonstrate leadership ability”.

  4. If a scout has 10 merit badge over the required 21. Which would put 5 under bronze and then 5 under Silver. The scouts has earned his eagle does he have to wait 3 months after his BOR to earn his first palm. The another 3 months to earn a silver.

    • Yes, that is exactly what this article said. 3 months for each palm, even if they earned them previously. Also, it would be bronze and gold, not silver. Silver is 15.

  5. I doubt there are many Eagle Scouts who will remove one palm when they earn another. Most Eagles who have, for example, earned the Silver Palm, will wear all 3 palms they have earned (Bronze, Silver, Gold), and most of us would describe a person who has earned the Silver Palm as having earned “three palms”. We need to improve the palm system, and make the math easier.

    • I myself earned 3 Silver Palms with a total of 69 merit badges. It wasn’t hard for me to figure out how the palm system works. If you’re earning the palms you should know how they work.

      I would just trump it up to people not caring or being to lazy to look inside the Insignia Guide. It’s hard enough to get a leader to have the Guide to Safe Scouting, almost no one ever reads the Insignia Guide.

  6. Missing is that Varsity Scouts, Venturers and Sea Scouts can earn palms up until the age of 18 as long as they are active in a Team, Crew or Ship.They would have a conference with the appropriate unit leader and a BOR conducted by the unit. Often we forget that the Eagle rank and palms can be earned in these programs.

    • The “Palm System” is very obvious to me. If the Scout earns 36 merit badges along the way, he earns Eagle first; three months later he may earn a Bronze Palm. Three months after that, at a minimum, he may be awarded a Gold Palm. The awarding Troop , should remind/instruct the Scout to remove the Bronze and replace it with the Gold. It is very much like removing the Second Class badge and replacing it with the First Class badge, When another three months or so have elapsed, he may (or may not!) be awarded the Silver Palm. The Scout removes the Gold Palm and puts it in his Memory Box, and installs the Silver Palm. I kept it (the palm, whichever I had at the time) on the Medal’s ribbon, I saw no need to put it on the knot or patch, that was just something else to remember to take off before throwing the uni in the wash. And I never saw the need to buy more than one Palm pin. One more thing to lose or forget to remove to wash….

    • Eagle and palms can only be earned in the Boy Scout Troop. Eagle and the successive palms are earned by those who maintain active membership in their Troop IN ADDITION TO being part of a crew or ship.

      • That is incorrect. Any eligible Venturer or Sea Scout (who is not yet 18 years old and who has previously completed First Class rank in a Boy Scout Troop or Varsity Team) may continue to work on Boy Scout advancement while either dual registered to a Troop or Team and Crew or Ship, or solely registered to a Crew or Ship. They do not have to be registered to a Troop or Team to continue working on Boy Scout advancement. Check out the Guide to Advancement section and section specifically addresses Eagle Palms.

  7. This is a great motivator for young Eagles if you can get one to move. But in the last two years we’ve had 12 Eagles (9 in 2014) and only one from 2013 who qualified and earned 4 palms as most have gotten their paperwork in within just days to 2 weeks before turning 18.

    Each one upon compleation has said that they really wish they had gotten moving sooner and each has stood up in front of of our unit and said the same to the boys but they don’t pay attention until it’s to late.

    Starting in a boy’s Junior year things start to get real hectic between SAT, ACT, searching for colleges, getting things complete so they can graduate, etc. for most scouting suffers and slides down on the list. Only a few of our Freshman have heard the statement (and happen to be younger brothers of now Eagles) and realize it’s not fun cramming it all in, in the last year.

    • My troop has similar cases. We have boys with enough badges for palms that have already earned eagle but the got Eagle with in days of turning 18. Even have one boy who will be 18 very soon has passed his Scoutmaster Conference just waiting on the BOR that has enough merit badge to earn palms put will not earn them as he will be 18.

  8. How can you buy them on It is among the ever-increasing list of “restricted” items… “Eagle Palm Pin is a restricted item. Available only in your local council trading post or Scout Shop with required paperwork.”

  9. My son has 92 merit badges and received his last silver palm last month (eighth palm). Before him only one other scout had earned palms. Now the younger scouts when asked “How far to you plan on going in scouts?” Instead of saying Eagle scout, they want palms!

  10. We have had several Eagles over the last six years, many with 50 or more merit badges but not a palm to be found in the bunch. Our Scouts stay very active until 18 and beyond and seem to take pride in seeing how close they can get to their 18th birthday before submitting their paperwork for Eagle. I almost think they feel that if they get their Eagle early there will be less incentive for them to stay active. There needs to be some way to recognize Eagle Scouts who have earned extra merit badges, regardless of their age when they attained that rank. I am very proud of the fact that nearly all have signed up as merit badge counselors, assistant scoutmasters, college scouter reserve program, or become active in Venturing. One has already attended Wood Badge. I couldn’t run these young men off with a stick if I tried!

    • The Heart of America (KC) and Pony Express (Saint Joseph, MO – sorry, Atchison, Ks) Councils figured out a solution to this problem almost 100 years ago, when a young Scout Executive by the name of H Roe Bartle, Esq (after whom the Kansas City Chiefs are named – he was affectionately known to all as “Chief”) developed a program known as the a Tribe of Mic-O-Say. In order to move from Brave to Warrior, the Scout must advance in rank. In order to advance to the highly desired paint station of “Runner,” he must attain the rank of Eagle. To progress to other paint stations, the Scout must continue to progress in his advancement on the troop level. It’s truely amazing what a boy will do for a silly bead, a claw, and a little bit of paint… Makes it not so silly, after all!

      I am a member of the Greater Saint Louis Area Council, but in the spirit of full disclosure, I grew up in the HOAC, where I attended camp at Osceola, and was inducted into the Tribe at Camp Gieger. In fairness, I’m also a Brotherhood member of the OA.

    • There are a number of things boys can do to stay active. Hornaday awards and the National Outdoor Award (all the way up to the National Medal for Outdoor Achievement) are but two of them. These awards are difficult in their own right and not many Eagle scouts earn them.

    • How wonderful that they are welcome to stay on as leaders. My son was just told “no, you are not welcome to join our leader team.” After 15 years of being involved with this troop it breaks our heart that our troop has turned their back on our son. We always thought scouts would be there for us, we were wrong. It’s difficult to believe this doesn’t have a little something to do with our son’s mild Asperger’ Syndrome. The leader has always had issue with his quirks…anyway, it’s been a huge, spirit-crushing event.

    • Although I see your point that it would be nice to recognize the additional badges earned by Scouts who did not have time to earn a Palm after Eagle I think it is important to recognize the Scouts who were organized enough to get there in time to earn Palms. Also regardless everyone can appreciate the number of merit badges earned by their well-filled sash.

  11. One thing to consider is, just like the Eagle Scout Rank, the Palms use an application too…but the application goes no further than the council office.

  12. What I would like to know if why the Silver and Gold palms don’t follow the same order as all other medals wherever they are presented…thus…why the Silver is earned after 15 and not the Gold?

  13. Every comment talks about earning merit badges. What about the leadership requirement? That seems to be more important than earning merit badges. What are some of the examples that Eagles have done to demonstrate leadership to earn palms? I’d like to hear those comments.

    • Our Eagles provide great troop leadership. SPL, ASPL, and JASM are the obvious ones. An Eagle in what unfortunately can become perceived as mundane support roles (Scribe, Librarian, etc.) can really raise the profile and prestige of that position. It’s tough to beat having an Eagle in a Troop Guide position — what a great role model for your newest Boy Scouts. The palms certainly have acted as one of the carrots that have kept them active in our troop.

    • I earned my Eagle a few months before I turned 17 and one of the things I was asked during my SM conferences for my palms was what had I done to develop leadership skills. Not so much for what I had done to develop my skils but to help others to develop theirs. I have sat in on several SM conferences for palms over the years since I turned 18 and with various units and I always ask that same question of all the boys. As Eagle Scouts we should be the ones that are there to guide and enable the younger boys in our troops and other organizations we are involved in to become better and stronger leaders.

      • I really like that question, Jonathan, I’m going to co-opt it for my Scoutmaster Conferences!

    • I agree – our Troop has had some issues with this. Like other places, the requirement is vague. Obviously, if the Eagle Scout holds a position of responsibility in the Troop for those 3 months, it’s easy. But what if they don’t? We recently had an Eagle applying for a palm and the only thing he could offer for developing and demonstrating leadership was helping a younger Scout repack their backpack on a hike. He was content to let others lead when the opportunities were in front of him (Philmont, Positions of Responsibility), and we deferred his Palm until he’d made a more obvious demonstration, which he did by coordinating and helping younger Scouts earn the Fire Safety merit badge.

  14. I only earned 1 palm. My son earned Eagle at age 13 and just received his 11th palm. He has earned 100 merit badges so far. He has completed the Varsity Denali, and recently earned the Venture Silver.

    Here are a few of the leadership projects he has done for his palms:…
    Organized activities and skills stations at a camp out for the new scouts in our troop.
    Organized a trash clean up for the neighborhood.
    Served as a counselor at our council’s Winter Camp.
    Lead a team to split and deliver wood during the winter for the church widiows.

    These are simple leadership tasks aimed as keeping him involved in Scouting and the community.

  15. My son showed leadership by taking the younger scouts and teaching them the requirements for the next rank; fire starting, & safety; native trees & plants (from knowledge obtained in Forestry MB); first aid

  16. Both of my sons set a personal goal, after earning Eagle Scout, to stay engaged in Scouting and earn the absolute maximum possible Eagle Palms before they turned 18. My older son met his goal of 11 Eagle Palms and my younger son is on track with 6 now to earn 7.

  17. Recently a representative from West Point was in our community, or more accurately driving through. He had stopped at one of our local eatery’s where one of our Eagle Scouts works. The West Point rep and our Scout got into a conversation about Eagles and the military academy, he told our Scout that get all the Palms he could, that with all the Eagle Scouts that apply sometimes the deciding factor is the Palms.

  18. History Time:
    The Palm requirements have essentially remained unchanged since 1984 where the first mention of being able to use any MB previously earned (e.g. prior to Eagle Rank) to count. The last addition to the requirements was the BOR in 1999, although there are references to Palm BORs held at the Council level in the 1940s. The 5 MBs per palm was part of the original and only requirement when Palms were first started in 1927.

  19. Gold is REALLY BRASS just like in the Army. SILVER is truly silver and worth more. SILVER rank insignias always out rank “Gold” ones which are just polished brass.

  20. Someone mentioned their son receiving “his last silver palm last month (eighth palm).” The eighth palm would be gold.
    Another asked why silver is higher than gold. That’s a military tradition. Silver is higher than gold. Example: O-1 and O-2 as well as O-4 and O-5 use the same insignia with the higher ranks being silver.

  21. This question can actually pertain to any rank that has a waiting period in between ranks. Can the Scoutmaster Conference and the Board of Review occur on the same night for the same rank? Or must there be a waiting period in between the two, such as is done in my son’s Troop? For example, pertaining to this discussion – I was looking at 2 of the requirements for the Eagle Palm Rank; 1) Be active in your troop and patrol for at least 3 months after becoming an Eagle Scout or after award of last Palm. 5) Take part in a Scoutmaster conference…. If there must be a waiting period (between the SM Conf. and the BOR), then it seems that the SM Conference can occur once 3 months have passed since the previous BOR and then some additional time must pass until this current rank’s BOR can occur. If so, then the waiting period in between Palms would be a little more than 3 months. Please advise, thank you.

    • The Scoutmaster Conference (SMC) DOES NOT need to take place after the completion of the 3 months. If a Scout wanted to maximize their plams, they could ask for a SMC 2 weeks before their 3 months are up & then request the BOR for the meeting (or the next time the troop does BOR) immediately after the 3 months are over.

    • The SM conference and the BOR may occur on the same night. There is no requirement for a time period in between. (Same is true of Tenderfoot through Life.) Our troop just held a SM conference and a BOR for an Eagle Palm on the same night last month for a Scout who was about to age out.

    • Interesting question. In that case it’s pretty much impossible to get palms for every merit badge earned.

      For simplicity let’s just look at the 135 current merit badges, minus 21 required. That’s 114 palmworthy merit badges. But we need something divisible by 5, so round that down to 110. That’s 22 palms (5×22=110).

      Trouble is it would take at least 66 months to earn those 22 palms (three months of active time per palm). That’s 5 years and 6 months.

      So to get palms for all those merit badges, he’d need to earn Eagle at age 12.5. That’s extremely rare and some Scouters consider that too young for a boy to earn Eagle.

      But say he did get Eagle at age 12.5. Then just before his 18th birthday he could, conceivably, get that 22nd palm. That means he’d wear 7 silver palms (each representing 15 merit badges) and one bronze palm (representing 5 merit badges). (7×15) + (1×5) = 110 merit badges.

      Imagine an Eagle patch with 22 palms on it — poor guy! He won’t be able to walk with all that metal weighing him down.

      • My son will be earning his 21st palm in a couple of weeks…just a few days before he turns 18. If all goes as planned, he will end up with every merit badge, including the 4 historical ones and a few that have been discontinued for a total of 140 (I think, but I could be off by 1 either way). Yup, I one proud Mom!

  22. One of my Scouts just earned his fourth Silver Palm. Although we don’t see him as often as I’d like at troop meetings, he is our Lodge Chief and is extremely involved in school academic activities, THAT is where he is showing his leadership. It doesn’t necessarily have to come in the form of troop meetings or activities.

  23. Hi Bryan:

    Great article on “Eagle Palms” our scout troop has been successful having 3-4 scouts earn Eagle rank every year. Trying to earn palms as everyone says, is not easy and many scouts become Eagle just before turning 18 and never have the opportunity to take the rank to the next degree.

    My son earned the Eagle rank four weeks after his 14th birthday he is now 16-1/2 and has nine palms…with 91 merit badges on his sash and still earning more he is looking at 14 palms before his 18th birthday. But even more rewarding is the commitment to his troop and the inspiration that he gives to younger scouts and leadership in the community.

    Scouts need to also look at with all those merit badges and if they have still have time to devote in Scouting check out the BSA National Outdoor awards & medal and if you love conservation try out the Hornaday Badge or for those who love Eagle projects the Hornaday Bronze or Silver Medal.

  24. Thanks for “doing the math”… I’ve seen a few references over the years, both on-line and elsewhere, listing a “double-bronze” for the 41+ merit badges… and the “Guide to Advancement” isn’t explicit about the higher numbers of palms.

  25. “Imagine an Eagle patch with 22 palms on it — poor guy! He won’t be able to walk with all that metal weighing him down” That would be 7 Silver palms and one bronze palm for a total of only 8 palms not 22.

  26. My son is going to complete his Eagle project and he has earned enough meritnbadges to earn several “Double Palms” (e.g. Silver + Gold) but my question is, for each of these Palm steps, such as Silver plus bronze, then silver plus gold is three months required? When he is eligible for his silver he will already have enough merit badges to be eligible for two silver palms. He will only have 11 months after making eagle until he turns 18. Will this restrict him to only beign able to earn his single Silver Palm? Hope this made sense.

  27. No, it doesn’t make a great deal of sense, but you’re reading it right. One palm available for each 3 month period following his EBOR. (3 month after his board, he gets a bronze. 3 months later, he gets a silver, etc.))

  28. Please re-cap. With all the recent additions of merit badges, hypothetically how many Eagle Scout Palms can an Eagle Scout earn?

    • My son has just earned his 22nd palm and has four months to go until he reaches 18 so he will earn his 23rd palm (7 silver and a gold). This requires Eagle (21) plus 115 merit badges for a total of 136 badges. If he had another two months he could have earned 24 palms but his time will run out. He has enough merit badges for the 8th silver but not enough time after his 23rd palm. If the pilot early cross-over goes into place some scouts may have enough time to earn 24 or 25 palms but without the centennial merit badges they will need 4 or 5 more new merit badges to get there. I hear CAD, Exploration, Biometrics, Advanced Computers and another one are on the way so we may see a 24 palm scout in the next few years. The first since the 1940’s…..

  29. I always think it is kind of weird that the Silver Palm is a higher achievement than a Gold Palm, when it is common in the world that a Gold Medal is higher than a Silver Medal. Does anyone know why?

  30. So, if my son got his Eagle on Juky 7, and turns 18 on October 4, even though he has 47 merit badges, he can’t get any palms? Thanks!

  31. my problem is I have an eagle scout who has earned over a hundred merit badges but will not be able to get all his palms before he turns eighteen even though he is only 14 or 15 now

    • I wouldn’t exactly call that a problem! He should be proud to earn palms at all, and it sounds like he will earn many of them, celebrate his accomplishments!

  32. I was told by one source that if a boy has earned merit badges before 18 but is still part of a crew or team, he can earn palms thru age 21. Could you please confirm or deny?

  33. I turned 15 last week and have earned my second gold palm. I really like this system because it gives people who earn their Eagle at such a young age a reason to stay in the troop instead of leaving like so many others do.

  34. My son is on his 7th Eagle Palm at the present time. He is now 16. He enjoys continuing his education through earning merit badges and earning Palms. All the boys who he has grown up with are just now earning their Eagle rank. It has been a great way to continue in Scouting.

  35. My son has just earned his 22nd palm and has four months to go until he reaches 18 so he will earn his 23rd palm (7 silver and a gold). This requires Eagle (21) plus 115 merit badges for a total of 136 badges. If he had another two months he could have earned 24 palms but his time will run out. He has enough merit badges for the 8th silver but not enough time after his 23rd palm. If the pilot early cross-over goes into place some scouts may have enough time to earn 24 or 25 palms but without the centennial merit badges they will need 4 or 5 more new merit badges to get there. I hear CAD, Exploration, Biometrics, Advanced Computers and another one are on the way so we may see a 24 palm scout in the next few years. The first since the 1940’s…..

  36. Does anyone know where the symbol for the palm came from? Everything in Scouting represents something, what does the palm represent?

    • I would guess that the palm represents further growth in a scout, just as a palm tree grows more leaves as it ages.

  37. My son is an Eagle Scout and he had 33 merit badges before becoming an Eagle Scout. Based on the requirements he would actually earn a Gold Eagle Palm but the thing is he was bridging to Crew without knowing that he had to stay in the Troop to be qualified as Gold Eagle Palm by finishing SM conference and board of review. However, he is now a Crew officer. Could he go back to the Troop to have SM conference and BOR to be qualified as a Gold Eagle Palm recipient?

  38. Do you have to wait 3 mon after eagle board or eagle court of honor when you receive the eagle award? So if your coh was 3 mon after boards you could be able to receive eagle and a palm correct.

  39. With 23 Palms how old was he when he earned Eagle? Whay is the pilot early crossover and how old would that Eagle scout be?

  40. To earn 23 pams AFTER Eagle, the boy would have earned Eagle at 12 years, 3 months old. I think that is mathematically impossible.
    My oldest son earned nine palms (three silvers). I was wondering what the “record” amount of palms earned by one boy in BSA has been. I would think 16 would be about the most mathematically possible.

    • I understand that an 11 year old earned his eagle before his 12th birthday recently. From First Class to Eagle is 16 months, so 4 months to first class from joining is about 20 months total. If a scout crosses over at 10 and a half it is easy to do before they are 12 and a couple of months. Check out the Registry of Eagle Scouts who have earned all the merit badges and there are lots of Eagle with over 20 palms.

  41. What about an Eagle Scout whom is register as a Special Needs Scouts ? Can that Eagle Scout Earn his Eagle Palms too ?

  42. I am confused on the Jan 2017 rules change for earning eagle palms. Does a scout have to wait until after earning his Eagle to work on new merit badges that go toward eagle palms, or just wait the 3 months to be granted a palm?

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