Eagle Scout PALMS Requirements

Palms are NOT considered ranks but rather an award

NOTE: For Venturers working on Boy Scout requirements, replace “troop” with “crew” and “Scoutmaster” with "Crew Advisor". For Sea Scouts working on Boy Scout requirements, replace “troop” with “ship” and “Scoutmaster” with "Skipper".
Eagle Scout PALMS Requirements source: Boy Scout Requirements: 2018 Edition

After successfully completing your Eagle Scout board of review on or after Aug. 1, 2017, and being validated as an Eagle Scout by the National Service Center, you will be entitled to receive an Eagle Palm for each additional five merit badges you completed before your Eagle board of review beyond those required for Eagle. All current Scouts who have completed their Eagle board of review and who had not passed their 18th birthday before Aug. 1, 2017, are also entitled to receive Eagle Palms. For these Palms only, it will not be necessary for you to complete the requirements stated below.

After becoming an Eagle Scout and receiving the Eagle Palms you are entitled to, 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.

Eagle Palms must be earned in sequence, and the three-month tenure requirement must be observed for each Eagle Palm..


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 Scout or your last Palm.

Merit Badges earned any time since becoming a Boy Scout may be used to meet this requirement.

5. While an Eagle Scout, participate in a Scoutmaster conference.


You may wear only the proper combination of Palms for the number of merit badges you earned beyond the rank of Eagle. The Bronze Palm represents five merit badges, the Gold Palm 10, and the Silver Palm 15.


this page last reviewed / updated: November 2018