Eagle Scout Rank
The Eagle Scout rank may be achieved by a Scout or qualified* Venturer or Sea Scout who has a physical or mental disability by completing the Application for Alternative Eagle Scout Rank Merit Badges, No. 512-730, and by qualifying for alternative merit badges. This does not apply to individual requirements for merit badges as described. Merit badges are awarded only when all requirements are met as stated. See the Guide to Advancement, topic 10.2.2.3, for details.
The physical or mental disability must be of a permanent rather than of a temporary nature or a disability expected to last more than two years or beyond age 18. The application must include a written statement from a qualified health-care professional related to the nature of the disability. This person may be a physician, neurologist, psychiatrist, psychologist, etc., or, wehen appropriate, an educational administrator in special education.
Before applying, the Scout must earn as many of the Eagle-required merit badges as possible. Any alternatives must present the same challenge and learning level as those they replace. Unless the Scout has been approved for registration beyond the age of eligibility, all merit badges must be completed prior to the 18th birthday (reference Guide to Advancement, topic 10.1.0.1-10.1.0.2).
- Obtain a clear and concise statement related to the nature of the disability from a qualified health-care professional.
- The unit leader meets with the candidate and the Scout's parent or guardian to determine the alternative merit badges to replace those impeding the Scout's advancement.
- The unit leader, parent or guardian, and the Scout (if possible) prepare supporting letters to accompany the application.
- The district and council advancement committees, in turn, review the proposed alternative merit badges. They may choose to speak with the Scout, the Scout's parent or guardian, or unit leader. If the council advancement committee approves, then the candidate may start work on the approved alternative merit badges. Note: In approving the application, the district and council advancement committees must utilize the expertise of a health-care professional involved with youth who have disabilities.
- Upon completion of the Eagle Scout rank requirements, using the alternative merit badges, the candidate appears before a board of review. The approved application must be attached to the Eagle Scout Rank Application.
- Following a successful board of review, the council processes both applications and forwards them to the National Advancement Program Team. Local council action on alternative merit badges does not require national approval.
* In order for a Venturer or Sea Scout to be an Eagle candidate, the youth must have achieved the First Class rank as a Scout or as a Lone Scout.
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