Re: Eagle Palms
Leonard Christiansen (maf00711@MAF.MOBILE.AL.US)
Fri, 24 Nov 1995 15:23:04 -0600
On Wed, 22 Nov 1995 13:23:40 EST Ed Helms wrote:
>... about Eagle Palms. What order are they earned, I know that this sounds
like a simple question, but the example was this, a Scout has earned 15
badges past Eagle and he has been active for six months since becoming an
Eagle, does he qualify for a gold palm or does he need to earn the bronze
one then wait another six months for the gold and then another for the silver?
After earning five merit badges beyond the Eagle requirements a Scout
becomes eligible for a Bronze Palm provided that he meets the other criteria
for earning a Palm (active in troop for THREE months since becoming an
Eagle, show scout spirit, develop and demonstrate leadership ability,
Scoutmaster's Conference). Even if he has earned fifteen merit badges before
he becomes an Eagle Scout he must wait THREE months before he is eligible
for that Bronze Palm, which signifies five merit badges beyond Eagle
He must then wait another three months to become eligible for a Gold Palm
(and meet other requirements). When he is awarded his Gold Palm he no longer
wears the Bronze Palm, only the Gold, which signifies ten mbs beyond Eagle.
After another three months and meeting the other criteria he is eligible for
the Silver Palm. The silver Palm, which signifies 15 mbs beyond Eagle, is
If the Eagle Scout earns another five mbs and meets the other requirements
he becomes eligible to wear the Silver and the Bronze Palms (15+5=20 mbs
beyond Eagle). And the beat goes on. :) I have heard something about no more
than three Palms being worn at a time, but I don't know if that is official
uniform policy, or not. I don't see anything about it in the Handbook.
A Scout who becomes an Eagle Scout within three months of his eighteenth
birthday will not be awarded a Palm, even if he has earned all 120+ mbs!
IMO, the purpose of the Palm is not to show others that the Eagle has earned
mbs. The mbs on his sash show that! The purpose is to keep the Eagle active
in his troop and to sharpen the leadership skills that he has been
developing. The Palm is an award that signifies that the Eagle continues to
contribute to Scouting.
SA Troop 292, Mobile, AL
SR-101 ... a good old eagle, too!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City