The Eagle Scout Award is the highest rank a Scout can achieve. Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by more than 2 million young men. The title of Eagle Scout is held for life, thus giving rise to the phrase “Once an Eagle, always an Eagle”.
Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating Scout Spirit, service, and leadership. In addition to several other requirements, boys must plan and complete an Eagle Scout Service Project.
After a young man has earned the Eagle Rank but has not yet turned 18, he can continue to earn Merit Badges. For the first five additional badges, he can receive a Bronze Palm. For the first ten earned, he can receive a Gold Palm and a Silver Palm for an extra 15 merit badges above those required for Eagle. These can be earned continuously in sets of five additional badges, with a required three-month active service between each palm.