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Boy Scout Rank Advancement


Scout Rank Requirements



All requirements for the Scout rank must be completed as a member
of a troop or Varsity Scout team. If you have already completed these
requirements as part of the Webelos Scouting Adventure, simply
demonstrate your knowledge or skills to your Scoutmaster or other
designated leader after joining the troop.

1a. Repeat from memory the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout motto,
and Scout slogan. In your own words, explain their meaning.

1b. Explain what Scout spirit is. Describe some ways you have
shown Scout spirit by practicing the Scout Oath, Scout Law,
Scout motto, and Scout slogan.

1c. Demonstrate the Boy Scout sign, salute, and handshake.
Explain when they should be used.

1d. Describe the First Class Scout badge and tell what each
part stands for. Explain the significance of the First Class
Scout badge.

1e. Repeat from memory the Outdoor Code. In your own words,
explain what the Outdoor Code means to you.

1f. Repeat from memory the Pledge of Allegiance. In your own
words, explain its meaning.

2. After attending at least one Boy Scout troop meeting,
do the following:

2a. Describe how the Scouts in the troop provide its leadership.

2b. Describe the four steps of Boy Scout advancement.

2c. Describe what the Boy Scout ranks are and how they
are earned.

2d. Describe what merit badges are and how they are earned.

3a. Explain the patrol method. Describe the types of patrols that
are used in your troop.

3b. Become familiar with your patrol name, emblem, flag, and yell.
Explain how these items create patrol spirit.

4a. Show how to tie a square knot, two half-hitches, and a tautline
hitch. Explain how each knot is used.

4b. Show the proper care of a rope by learning how to whip and
fuse the ends of different kinds of rope.

5. Demonstrate your knowledge of pocketknife safety.

6. With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the
pamphlet How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A
Parent’s Guide and earn the Cyber Chip Award for your grade.1

7. Since joining the troop and while working on the Scout rank,
participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
Attachments
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Tenderfoot Rank Requirements



1a. Present yourself to your leader, prepared for an overnight
camping trip. Show the personal and camping gear you will
use. Show the right way to pack and carry it.

1b. Spend at least one night on a patrol or troop campout. Sleep in
a tent you have helped pitch.

1c. Tell how you practiced the Outdoor Code on a campout or outing.

2a. On the campout, assist in preparing one of the meals. Tell
why it is important for each patrol member to share in meal
preparation and cleanup.

2b. While on a campout, demonstrate the appropriate method of
safely cleaning items used to prepare, serve, and eat a meal.

2c. Explain the importance of eating together as a patrol.

3a. Demonstrate a practical use of the square knot.

3b. Demonstrate a practical use of two half-hitches.

3c. Demonstrate a practical use of the taut-line hitch.

3d. Demonstrate proper care, sharpening, and use of the knife,
saw, and ax. Describe when each should be used.

4a. Show first aid for the following:
• Simple cuts and scrapes
• Blisters on the hand and foot
• Minor (thermal/heat) burns or scalds (superficial,
or first-degree)
• Bites or stings of insects and ticks
• Venomous snakebite
• Nosebleed
• Frostbite and sunburn
• Choking

4b. Describe common poisonous or hazardous plants; identify any
that grow in your local area or campsite location. Tell how to
treat for exposure to them.

4c. Tell what you can do while on a campout or other outdoor
activity to prevent or reduce the occurrence of injuries or
exposure listed in Tenderfoot requirements 4a and 4b.

4d. Assemble a personal first-aid kit to carry with you on future
campouts and hikes. Tell how each item in the kit would be used.

5a. Explain the importance of the buddy system as it relates to your
personal safety on outings and in your neighborhood.
Use the buddy system while on a troop or patrol outing.

5b. Describe what to do if you become lost on a hike or campout.

5c. Explain the rules of safe hiking, both on the highway and crosscountry,
during the day and at night.

6a. Record your best in the following tests:
• Pushups (Record the number done correctly in
60 seconds.)
• Situps or curl-ups (Record the number done
correctly in 60 seconds.)
• Back-saver sit-and-reach (Record the distance stretched.)
• 1-mile walk/run (Record the time.)

6b. Develop and describe a plan for improvement in each of the
activities listed in Tenderfoot requirement 6a. Keep track of your
activity for at least 30 days.

6c. Show improvement (of any degree) in each activity listed in
Tenderfoot requirement 6a after practicing for 30 days.
• Pushups (Record the number done correctly in
60 seconds.)
• Situps or curl-ups (Record the number done correctly
in 60 seconds.)
• Back-saver sit-and-reach (Record the distance stretched.)
• 1-mile walk/run (Record the time.)

7a. Demonstrate how to display, raise, lower, and fold the U.S. flag.

7b. Participate in a total of one hour of service in one or more service
projects approved by your Scoutmaster. Explain how your service
to others relates to the Scout slogan and Scout motto.

8. Describe the steps in Scouting’s Teaching EDGE method. Use the
Teaching EDGE method to teach another person how to tie the
square knot.

9. 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 four different points of the Scout Law in your everyday life.

10. While working toward the Tenderfoot rank, and after completing
Scout rank requirement 7, participate in a Scoutmaster conference.

11. Successfully complete your board of review for the Tenderfoot rank.
Attachments
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Tenderfoot_rank_2016.pdf  

Second Class Rank Requirements



1a. Since joining, participate in five separate troop/patrol activities,
three of which include overnight camping. These five activities do
not include troop or patrol meetings. On at least two of the three
campouts, spend the night in a tent that you pitch or other structure
that you help erect (such as a lean-to, snow cave, or tepee).

1b. Explain the principles of Leave No Trace and tell how you
practiced them on a campout or outing. This outing must be
different from the one used for Tenderfoot requirement 1c.

1c. On one of these campouts, select a location for your patrol site
and recommend it to your patrol leader, senior patrol leader, or
troop guide. Explain what factors you should consider when
choosing a patrol site and where to pitch a tent.

2a. Explain when it is appropriate to use a fire for cooking or other
purposes and when it would not be appropriate to do so.

2b. Use the tools listed in Tenderfoot requirement 3d to prepare
tinder, kindling, and fuel wood for a cooking fire.

2c. At an approved outdoor location and time, use the tinder, kindling,
and fuel wood from Second Class requirement 2b to demonstrate
how to build a fire. Unless prohibited by local fire restrictions, light
the fire. After allowing the flames to burn safely for at least two
minutes, safely extinguish the flames with minimal impact to the
fire site.

2d. Explain when it is appropriate to use a lightweight stove and when
it is appropriate to use a propane stove. Set up a lightweight stove
or propane stove. Light the stove, unless prohibited by local fire
restrictions. Describe the safety procedures for using these types
of stoves.

2e. On one campout, plan and cook one hot breakfast or lunch,
selecting foods from MyPlate or the current USDA nutritional
model. Explain the importance of good nutrition. Demonstrate
how to transport, store, and prepare the foods you selected.

2f. Demonstrate tying the sheet bend knot. Describe a situation in
which you would use this knot.

2g. Demonstrate tying the bowline knot. Describe a situation in
which you would use this knot.

3a. Demonstrate how a compass works and how to orient a map. Use
a map to point out and tell the meaning of five map symbols.

3b. Using a compass and map together, take a 5-mile hike (or 10 miles by
bike) approved by your adult leader and your parent or guardian.2

3c. Describe some hazards or injuries that you might encounter on
your hike and what you can do to help prevent them.2

3d. Demonstrate how to find directions during the day and at night
without using a compass or an electronic device.

4. Identify or show evidence of at least 10 kinds of wild animals
(such as birds, mammals, reptiles, fish, or mollusks) found in
your local area or camping location. You may show evidence by
tracks, signs, or photographs you have taken.

5a. Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe swim.

5b. Demonstrate your ability to pass the BSA beginner test: Jump
feetfirst into water over your head in depth, level off and swim
25 feet on the surface, stop, turn sharply, resume swimming,
then return to your starting place.

5c. Demonstrate water rescue methods by reaching with your arm or
leg, by reaching with a suitable object, and by throwing lines
and objects.

5d. Explain why swimming rescues should not be attempted when a
reaching or throwing rescue is possible. Explain why and how a
rescue swimmer should avoid contact with the victim.

6a. Demonstrate first aid for the following:
• Object in the eye
• Bite of a warm-blooded animal
• Puncture wounds from a splinter, nail, and fishhook
• Serious burns (partial thickness, or second-degree)
• Heat exhaustion
• Shock
• Heatstroke, dehydration, hypothermia, and hyperventilation

6b. Show what to do for “hurry” cases of stopped breathing, stroke,
severe bleeding, and ingested poisoning.

6c. Tell what you can do while on a campout or hike to prevent or
reduce the occurrence of the injuries listed in Second Class
requirements 6a and 6b.

6d. Explain what to do in case of accidents that require emergency
response in the home and backcountry. Explain what constitutes
an emergency and what information you will need to provide to
a responder.

6e. Tell how you should respond if you come upon the scene of a
vehicular accident.

7a. After completing Tenderfoot requirement 6c, be physically active
at least 30 minutes each day for five days a week for four weeks.
Keep track of your activities.

7b. Share your challenges and successes in completing Second Class
requirement 7a. Set a goal for continuing to include physical
activity as part of your daily life and develop a plan for doing so.

7c. Participate in a school, community, or troop program on the
dangers of using drugs, alcohol, and tobacco and other practices
that could be harmful to your health. Discuss your participation
in the program with your family, and explain the dangers of
substance addictions. Report to your Scoutmaster or other adult
leader in your troop about which parts of the Scout Oath and
Scout Law relate to what you learned.

8a. Participate in a flag ceremony for your school, religious institution,
chartered organization, community, or Scouting activity.

8b. Explain what respect is due the flag of the United States.

8c. With your parents or guardian, decide on an amount of money
that you would like to earn, based on the cost of a specific item
you would like to purchase. Develop a written plan to earn the
amount agreed upon and follow that plan; it is acceptable to
make changes to your plan along the way. Discuss any changes
made to your original plan and whether you met your goal.

8d. At a minimum of three locations, compare the cost of the item
for which you are saving to determine the best place to purchase
it. After completing Second Class requirement 8c, decide
if you will use the amount that you earned as originally
intended, save all or part of it, or use it for another purpose.

8e. Participate in two hours of service through one or more service
projects approved by your Scoutmaster. Tell how your service
to others relates to the Scout Oath.

9a. Explain the three R’s of personal safety and protection.

9b. Describe bullying; tell what the appropriate response is to
someone who is bullying you or another person.

10. 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 four different points of the Scout Law (not to include
those used for Tenderfoot requirement 9) in your everyday life.

11. While working toward the Second Class rank, and after
completing Tenderfoot requirement 10, participate in a
Scoutmaster conference.

12. Successfully complete your board of review for the Second
Class rank.
Attachments
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Second_Class_rank_2016.pdf  

First Class Rank Requirements



1a. Since joining, participate in 10 separate troop/patrol activities,
six of which include overnight camping. These 10 activities do
not include troop or patrol meetings. On at least five of the six
campouts, spend the night in a tent that you pitch or other
structure that you help erect (such as a lean-to, snow cave,
or tepee).

1b. Explain each of the principles of Tread Lightly! and tell how
you practiced them on a campout or outing. This outing must
be different from the ones used for Tenderfoot requirement 1c
and Second Class requirement 1b.

2a. Help plan a menu for one of the above campouts that includes
at least one breakfast, one lunch, and one dinner, and that
requires cooking at least two of the meals. Tell how the menu
includes the foods from MyPlate or the current USDA nutritional
model and how it meets nutritional needs for the
planned activity or campout.

2b. Using the menu planned in First Class requirement 2a, make a
list showing a budget and the food amounts needed to feed
three or more boys. Secure the ingredients.

2c. Show which pans, utensils, and other gear will be needed to
cook and serve these meals.

2d. Demonstrate the procedures to follow in the safe handling and
storage of fresh meats, dairy products, eggs, vegetables, and
other perishable food products. Show how to properly dispose
of camp garbage, cans, plastic containers, and other rubbish.

2e. On one campout, serve as cook. Supervise your assistant(s) in
using a stove or building a cooking fire. Prepare the breakfast,
lunch, and dinner planned in First Class requirement 2a.
Supervise the cleanup.

3a. Discuss when you should and should not use lashings.

3b. Demonstrate tying the timber hitch and clove hitch.

3c. Demonstrate tying the square, shear, and diagonal lashings by
joining two or more poles or staves together.

3d. Use lashings to make a useful camp gadget or structure.

4a. Using a map and compass, complete an orienteering course that
covers at least one mile and requires measuring the height and/
or width of designated items (tree, tower, canyon, ditch, etc.).

4b. Demonstrate how to use a handheld GPS unit, GPS app on a
smartphone, or other electronic navigation system. Use GPS to
find your current location, a destination of your choice, and the
route you will take to get there. Follow that route to arrive at
your destination.

5a. Identify or show evidence of at least 10 kinds of native plants
found in your local area or campsite location. You may show
evidence by identifying fallen leaves or fallen fruit that you find
in the field, or as part of a collection you have made, or by
photographs you have taken.

5b. Identify two ways to obtain a weather forecast for an upcoming
activity. Explain why weather forecasts are important when
planning for an event.

5c. Describe at least three natural indicators of impending hazardous
weather, the potential dangerous events that might result from
such weather conditions, and the appropriate actions to take.

5d. Describe extreme weather conditions you might encounter in
the outdoors in your local geographic area. Discuss how you
would determine ahead of time the potential risk of these types
of weather dangers, alternative planning considerations to
avoid such risks, and how you would prepare for and respond
to those weather conditions.

6a. Successfully complete the BSA swimmer test.3

6b. Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe trip afloat.

6c. Identify the basic parts of a canoe, kayak, or other boat.
Identify the parts of a paddle or an oar.

6d. Describe proper body positioning in a watercraft, depending on
the type and size of the vessel. Explain the importance of
proper body position in the boat.

6e. With a helper and a practice victim, show a line rescue both as
tender and as rescuer. (The practice victim should be approximately
30 feet from shore in deep water.)

7a. Demonstrate bandages for a sprained ankle and for injuries on
the head, the upper arm, and the collarbone.

7b. By yourself and with a partner, show how to:
• Transport a person from a smoke-filled room.
• Transport for at least 25 yards a person with a sprained ankle.

7c. Tell the five most common signals of a heart attack. Explain the
steps (procedures) in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

7d. Tell what utility services exist in your home or meeting place.
Describe potential hazards associated with these utilities and
tell how to respond in emergency situations.

7e. Develop an emergency action plan for your home that includes
what to do in case of fire, storm, power outage, and water outage.

7f. Explain how to obtain potable water in an emergency.

8a. After completing Second Class requirement 7a, be physically
active at least 30 minutes each day for five days a week for four
weeks. Keep track of your activities.

8b. Share your challenges and successes in completing First Class
requirement 8a. Set a goal for continuing to include physical
activity as part of your daily life.

9a. Visit and discuss with a selected individual approved by your
leader (for example, an elected official, judge, attorney, civil
servant, principal, or teacher) the constitutional rights and
obligations of a U.S. citizen.

9b. Investigate an environmental issue affecting your community.
Share what you learned about that issue with your patrol or
troop. Tell what, if anything, could be done by you or your
community to address the concern.

9c. On a Scouting or family outing, take note of the trash and garbage
you produce. Before your next similar outing, decide how you
can reduce, recycle, or repurpose what you take on that outing,
and then put those plans into action. Compare your results.

9d. Participate in three hours of service through one or more
service projects approved by your Scoutmaster. The project(s)
must not be the same service project(s) used for Tenderfoot
requirement 7b and Second Class requirement 8e. Explain how
your service to others relates to the Scout Law.

10. Tell someone who is eligible to join Boy Scouts, or an inactive
Boy Scout, about your Scouting activities. Invite him to an outing,
activity, service project, or meeting. Tell him how to join,
or encourage the inactive Boy Scout to become active. Share
your efforts with your Scoutmaster or other adult leader.

11. 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 four different points of the Scout Law (different from
those points used for previous ranks) in your everyday life.

12. While working toward the First Class rank, and after
completing Second Class requirement 11, participate in a
Scoutmaster conference.

13. Successfully complete your board of review for the First
Class rank.
Attachments
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First_Class_rank_2016.pdf  

Star Rank Requirements



1. Be active in your troop for at least four months as a First
Class Scout.

2. As a First Class Scout, 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. Earn six merit badges, including any four from the required list
for Eagle. You may choose any of the 17 merit badges on the
required list for Eagle to fulfill this requirement. See Eagle rank
requirement 3 for this list.
Name of Merit Badge Date Earned
(Eagle-required) ________________________________________
(Eagle-required) ________________________________________
(Eagle-required) _________________________________________
(Eagle-required) ________________________________________
_______________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________

4. While a First Class Scout, participate in six hours of
service through one or more service projects approved by
your Scoutmaster.

5. While a First Class Scout, serve actively in your troop for four
months in one or more of the following positions of responsibility
(or carry out a Scoutmaster-approved leadership project to
help the troop):
Boy Scout troop. Patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader,
senior patrol leader, troop guide, Order of the Arrow troop representative,
den chief, scribe, librarian, historian, quartermaster,
bugler, junior assistant Scoutmaster, chaplain aide, instructor,
webmaster, or outdoor ethics guide.

6. With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the
pamphlet How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A
Parent’s Guide and earn the Cyber Chip award for your grade.

7. While a First Class Scout, participate in a Scoutmaster conference.

8. Successfully complete your board of review for the Star rank.
Attachments
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Star_rank_2016.pdf  

Life Rank Requirements



1. Be active in your troop for at least six months as a Star Scout.

2. As a Star Scout, 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. Earn five more merit badges (so that you have 11 in all), including
any three additional badges from the required list for Eagle.
You may choose any of the 17 merit badges on the required list
for Eagle to fulfill this requirement. See Eagle rank requirement
3 for this list.
Name of Merit Badge Date Earned
(Eagle-required) _________________________________________
(Eagle-required) _________________________________________
(Eagle-required)__________________________________________
________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________

4. While a Star Scout, participate in six hours of service through
one or more service projects approved by your Scoutmaster. At
least three hours of this service must be conservation-related.

5. While a Star Scout, serve actively in your troop for six months
in one or more of the following troop positions of responsibility
(or carry out a Scoutmaster-approved leadership project to help
the troop).
Boy Scout troop. Patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader,
senior patrol leader, troop guide, Order of the Arrow troop representative,
den chief, scribe, librarian, historian, quartermaster,
bugler, junior assistant Scoutmaster, chaplain aide, instructor,
webmaster, or outdoor ethics guide.7

6. While a Star Scout, use the Teaching EDGE method to teach
another Scout (preferably younger than you) the skills from
ONE of the following choices, so that he is prepared to pass
those requirements to his Scoutmaster’s satisfaction.
a. Tenderfoot 4a and 4b (first aid)
b. Second Class 2b, 2c, and 2d (cooking/tools)
c. Second Class 3a and 3d (navigation)
d. First Class 3a, 3b, 3c, and 3d (tools)
e. First Class 4a and 4b (navigation)
f. Second Class 6a and 6b (first aid)
g. First Class 7a and 7b (first aid)
h. Three requirements from one of the required Eagle merit
badges, as approved by your Scoutmaster

7. While a Star Scout, participate in a Scoutmaster conference.

8. Successfully complete your board of review for the Life rank.
Attachments
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Eagle Rank Requirements



1. Be active in your troop for at least six months as a Life Scout.

2. As a Life Scout, demonstrate Scout Spirit by living the Scout
Oath and Scout Law. Tell how you have done your duty to God,
how you have lived the Scout Oath and Scout Law in your
everyday life, and how your understanding of the Scout Oath
and Scout Law will guide your life in the future. List on your
Eagle Scout Rank Application the names of individuals who
know you personally and would be willing to provide a recommendation
on your behalf, including parents/guardians,
religious (if not affiliated with an organized religion, then
the parent or guardian provides this reference), educational,
employer (if employed), and two other references.

3. Earn a total of 21 merit badges (10 more than required for the
Life rank), including these 13 merit badges: (a) First Aid,
(b) Citizenship in the Community, (c) Citizenship in the
Nation, (d) Citizenship in the World, (e) Communication,
(f) Cooking, (g) Personal Fitness, (h) Emergency Preparedness
OR Lifesaving, (i) Environmental Science OR Sustainability,
(j) Personal Management, (k) Swimming OR Hiking OR
Cycling, (l) Camping, and (m) Family Life.
You must choose only one of the merit badges listed in categories
h, i, and k. Any additional merit badge(s) earned in those
categories may be counted as one of your eight optional merit
badges used to make your total of 21.
Name of Merit Badge Date Earned
1._____________________________________________________
2._____________________________________________________
3._____________________________________________________
4._____________________________________________________
5._____________________________________________________
6._____________________________________________________
7._____________________________________________________
8._____________________________________________________
9._____________________________________________________
10._____________________________________________________

4. While a Life Scout, serve actively in your troop for six months
in one or more of the following positions of responsibility9:
Boy Scout troop. Patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader,
senior patrol leader, troop guide, Order of the Arrow troop
representative, den chief, scribe, librarian, historian, quartermaster,
junior assistant Scoutmaster, chaplain aide, instructor,
webmaster, or outdoor ethics guide.

5. While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others
in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any
school, or your community. (The project must benefit an
organization other than the Boy Scouts of America.) A project
proposal must be approved by the organization benefiting from
the effort, your Scoutmaster and unit committee, and the
council or district before you start. You must use the Eagle
Scout Service Project Workbook, BSA publication No. 512-927,
in meeting this requirement. (To learn more about the Eagle
Scout service project, see the Guide to Advancement, topics
9.0.2.0 through 9.0.2.16.)

6. While a Life Scout, participate in a Scoutmaster conference.

In preparation for your board of review, prepare and
attach to your Eagle Scout Rank Application a statement
of your ambitions and life purpose and a listing of
positions held in your religious institution, school, camp,
community, or other organizations, during which you
demonstrated leadership skills. Include honors and
awards received during this service.


7. Successfully complete your board of review for the Eagle
Scout rank.10 (This requirement may be met after age 18, in
accordance with Guide to Advancement topic 8.0.3.1.).
Attachments
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Eagle_rank_2016.pdf  

Eagle Palms Requirements



After becoming an Eagle Scout, you may earn Palms by completing the
following requirements.

1. Be active in your troop and patrol for at least three months after
becoming an Eagle Scout or after award of last 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. Make a satisfactory effort to develop and demonstrate leadership
ability.

4. Earn five additional merit badges beyond those required for
Eagle or last Palm.

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

6. Successfully complete your board of review for the Eagle Palm.

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.
Attachments
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Eagle_Palms_2016.pdf