Re: Eagle Palms
Mike Walton ("settummanque,)
Sat, 11 Oct 1997 20:07:36 -0500
Ellen wanted some detailed details on how Eagle Palms work.
>Tom has his Eagle BOR in May and has at that time 36 merit badges. 21,
>including the Eagle required ones go toward this rank. This leaves 15
>extras. Three months later, he may have a BOR for a bronze palm, using 5
>of the extras. Three months after that he has another BOR for a gold
>palm, using another 5 of the extras. And finally 3 months after the gold
>palm, he has a BOR for a silver palm.
That's absolutely correct, Ken. During that three month period, Tom also
has to complete a period of leadership experiences and have a Scoutmasters'
Conference as part of the requirements. No additional service project is
>This completes the extras he had at the time of his Eagle BOR. Any merit
>badges he has earned in the 9 months since would go towards a second
Or Gold or Silver.
>Have I got it right? He wouldn't just go straight to a silver palm 3 months
>after his Eagle BOR, right?
Not normally, Ken. Let's see if I can explain this using two Scouts, your
Tom and another Scout, Steve.
Both Scouts have earned 51 merit badges since they became Boy Scouts three
and a half years ago.
Tom and Steve both had their Eagle Boards of Review on the same night,
back in March 1996. Tom's Eagle Scout packet came back from the National
office almost right away, and his Court of Honor was performed in April.
Steve's application was held up at National, however, and he wasn't able to
get his Eagle presented until early June.
In the meantime, both Scouts worked toward and appeared before a Board of
Review for the Bronze Palm in June. During the Eagle Court of Honor for
Steve, not only would he be presented with his Eagle Scout Badge as Tom was
three months back, but would also be presented with the Bronze Palm to the
Eagle Scout Badge. Tom would wait until the next Troop Court of Honor to
receive his Bronze Palm to his Eagle Scout Badge.
In September, both went before the Board, passed and earned the Gold Palm,
which was presented later that month to both Scouts. In December, both
qualified for the Silver Palm to the Eagle Scout Badge.
In March of this year, both again went before the Board and earned their
second Bronze Palm. On their uniforms, they wear ONE BRONZE PALM and the
Silver Palm, to indicate their 20 merit badges earned above Eagle
In June of this year, Steve went to summer camp and earned 5 more merit
badges; both went before the Board of Review to earn their second Gold Palm.
They would wear at the Court of Honor ONE GOLD PALM and the Silver Palm to
indicate their 25 merit badges used for the palms.
Tom went to the Jamboree.....earned one merit badge.
Last month, September, both Scouts earned their second Silver Palm for the
Eagle Scout Rank, and both Scouts would be able to wear BOTH SILVER PALMS
(the silver palm is the ONLY Palm that can be worn in mulitiples) on their
Eagle Scout Badge ribbon. Tom left the Troop at the first of this month;
projecting ahead, in December of this year, Steve would be able to earn his
third Bronze Palm and if he earned it, he would wear the two Silver and the
single Bronze Palm on the medal's ribbon.
>Meanwhile, those of you who say an extra pray for boys working on >Eagle,
say one for John, my son. So a few prayers are my way to help >him get
I hope this will help you out, Ellen, and those others that are equally
confused....I think it's this "earned after Eagle" thing....ANY MERIT BADGE
(required or not for Eagle) can be used ONE TIME for any palm.
It does NOT have to be "since they became an Eagle Scout"....any merit badge
earned at ANY TIME since becoming a _BOY_SCOUT_ (or Varsity Scout) may be
And yeah , my prayers tonight will include a prayer for your son and other
Life Scouts working hard toward Eagle. I know how they feel.....I was in
their shoes once *grinning*
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