The Trail to Eagle Process

The path to obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout challenges Scouts to utilize the leadership skills that Scouting has helped them develop.  Life Scouts intent on achieving Eagle rank are expected to complete a community service project known as an Eagle Scout Project that they themselves are responsible for organizing and overseeing.  The Eagle Scout Project allows scouts to begin transitioning their leadership experiences from Scouting to professional applications in the future.  

While the process may seem daunting at first, Minsi Trails Council offers numerous resources and information to help Eagle Scout candidates plan their Project and properly submit their Eagle Scout Application. 

Please follow all the steps below, beginning with #1. 

  • *IMPORTANT* Please do NOT Google information regarding the Eagle Scout Project and/or Application!!!
  • The Eagle Project Workbook (No. 2021c, January 2021) and the Eagle Scout Application (June 2022 printing) are both updated frequently. Using an outdated document may result in the rejection of a submission! Both are fillable PDF's. 

1.  Eagle Award Candidate Guidelines (Updated 7/5/2022)

Click here to download - Eagle Award Candidate Guidelines

This document contains guidelines to help you complete the Eagle Scout requirements and paperwork.  It also provides a checklist to help keep track of your progress.  You are highly advised to read this document before you start planning your Eagle Project!

Information provided within the Candidate Guidelines?

New Eagle Required Merit Badge - Citizenship in Society

  • Citizenship in Society is a new Eagle rank required merit badge bringing the total of Eagle required merit badges to 14. Minsi Trails Council will have resources available for scouts to be able to earn this merit badge beginning February 1, 2022.
  • Eagle Scout candidates will continue to use the current rank requirements until June 30, 2022, and will not be required to complete the new Citizenship in Society merit badge as long as they complete all of the current Eagle Rank requirements before July 1, 2022. They do not have to submit their final Eagle Scout application nor complete their Eagle Scout Board of Review prior to July 1, 2022, but must complete all current Eagle Scout requirements before then. 
  • Starting July 1, 2022, Eagle Scout candidates will be required to complete all Eagle Scout requirements including the new Citizenship in Society merit badge. 

2.  Eagle Project Workbook  (January, 2021 - No. 2021c )

Life Scouts who are working on their Eagle Scout Project are required to record their progress in an Eagle Project Workbook.  The workbook helps guide Scouts through the entire process from start to finish, and ensures that they are accountable and knowledgeable about their project.

Scouts must download this file and then open it using Adobe Reader 9 or later editions. Info on how to do so are available in the link below. 

  • Download Adobe Reader Here

    • For Mac users, the above link will take you to a page where you should select Adobe Reader DC 2020.013.20074 for Mac Intel

  • Click here for a link to the Eagle Project Workbook.

3. Obtaining Signatures

All Eagle Scout candidates are required to obtain specific signatures BEFORE they can begin physical work on their project.  This information can be found in the Eagle Award Candidate Guidelines.

4. Eagle Scout Rank Application

Click here to go directly to the official Scouting Forms from the National Council  to download the most current form

  • It is preferred this application be typed, printed in color and back to back.  If printing back to back is not practical, please staple the two pages together and insure your name is in the space provided at the top of the second page.  Note that from within Scoutbook your application document can be automatically populated with data and then printed.  
  • If, you cannot download either of the applications, please contact the Minsi Trails Council Registrar at Minsi Trails Council 

5. Recommendation Letters (updated on 5/1/2021)

Do not request letters until your project is completed and you are filling out your final Eagle Application.

Candidates must secure their own letters of recommendation using the information for their District and follow procedures outlined on page 7 of the Eagle Candidate Guidelines. Each District has its own letter that the candidate must present to those who are on the application that they have asked to provide a recommendation. 

6. Process to submit your Eagle Application to Minsi Trails Council: 

  • Minsi Trails Council Service center is accepting Eagle Applications Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 9 AM to 4:30 PM - Tuesday 10 AM to 4:30 PM.  Closed on holiday's and weekends.  Please refer to the council website calendar for closed holiday's dates. 

    • Physical Address: Directions to Minsi Trails Council Service Center, 991 Postal Road, Allentown, PA 18109

    • Mailing address: Minsi Trails Council, PO Box 20624, Lehigh Valley, PA 18002-0264

  • Prior to your arrival or mailing to Minsi Trails Council, you must fill out and include:

7. Information Regarding Rank Advancement (17 year old Life Scouts)

8.  Additional Resources:

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