Re: Eagle Palms (was Embarassed Eagles)
Len Christiansen (lrchristiansen@WORLDNET.ATT.NET)
Sun, 9 Aug 1998 12:44:38 -0500
Cheryl Singhal wrote:
> As I read the requirements, each palm involves earning 5 MBs AFTER (a)
> earning Eagle or (b) earning the last palm. Otherwise, a Scout with 33
> MBs could get his Eagle and two Palms at the same CoH. Since National
> routinely refuses these palms (my son had at least two palms worth of MBs,
> and his friend had 5 or 6, and a Troop mate had 1), we have been
> assuming they meant it.
Let's examine the requirements as presented on the USSSP site at
After becoming an Eagle Scout, you may earn Palms by completing the
1.Be active in your troop and patrol for at least 3 months after
becoming an Eagle Scout or after award of last Palm.
2.Demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath (Promise) and Scout
Law in your everyday life.
3.Make a satisfactory effort to develop and demonstrate leadership
4.Earn five additional merit badges beyond those required for Eagle or
last palm. (Merit Badges earned any time since becoming a Boy Scout may
be used to meet this requirement.)
5.Take Part 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.
Quite clearly any merit badge that a Scout has earned while he is a
Scout can be used for Eagle Palms, assuming, of course, that the badge
has not been used for other rank requirements. The first palm may be
awarded after the Scout has been an Eagle Scout for 3 months, that is, 3
months after the date of his Eagle BOR, assuming National approves the
Eagle award. A second palm may be awarded after another 3 months have
Of course, a Scout earning his Eagle within 3 months of his 18th
birthday will not be eligible for any Palms even if he has earned all
120+ merit badges.
If your son had 31 merit badges when he made Eagle, he became eligible
for his first Palm 3 months after achieving that rank. If the Palm was
not awarded and he has not turned 18, he is eligible for that first Palm
NOW, assuming all other requirements are met! Three months from now, or
when the first Palm is awarded, he will be eligible for his second Palm
if he does not turn 18 before then, asuming all other requirements are
Len Christiansen firstname.lastname@example.org
SA Troop 292, Mobile, AL ...I used to be an eagle (SR-101)!
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