How to Prepare Eagle Scout Rank Recommendation Letters

From the the Eagle Scout Rank Application:  “Demonstrate that you live by the principles of the Scout Oath and Scout Law in your daily life. List the names of individuals who know you personally and would be willing to provide a recommendation on your behalf.”

You will need to provide the names of five individuals (six, if you are employed) who will speak to your character.  Their recommendations take the form of confidential letters that will only be opened at your Eagle Scout Board of Review.  You will never be allowed to see these letters – this is a guarantee to the person providing the letter that they may speak openly.

Councils across the country have different procedures regarding these letters, so first and foremost, check your Council website for current instructions.  Normally there is form that you will provide to the person providing the recommendation.  This form usually provides the Scout Oath and Law and then asks for an opinion as to whether you uphold both in your daily life.

One letter must come from your parents or guardians, one from a religious source (if you do not belong to an organized religion, then a second letter from a parent must speak to your spiritual values), one from an educational source (principal, teacher, coach, counselor etc.), one from your employer if you are employed, and two others.

How to Prepare Your Eagle Scout Rank Recommendation Letters will help you assemble your recommendation letters, and is located on the Downloads page of this website (or click the title above.)  Just be sure it does not conflict with your Council instructions.

“Oh, the possibilities!”

Coach Hunt

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