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Eagle Scout letters of recommendation

Documenting Eagle Scout requirement 2

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

If you are of Eagle quality, this requirement will be difficult because you'll have so many people to list, you won't know which ones to use! Seriously, any Eagle candidate should have no problem with this. Simply list people who know you well. Try to get a varied selection- meaning, don't list four teachers, rather select people from different areas of your life.

If you do not have an employer, it is permissible to put a line through that title and use the space to list another reference.

Since a Scout is reverent, you should have a religious reference. If your personal religious practices don't include interaction with a pastor, rabbi, priest, or some similar person, list an acquaintance you consider to be a spiritual advisor.

I have seen Scouts who are home-schooled that don't know what to do with the "Educational" line. If this is the case for you, I suggest you think about other educational sources: music lessons; a sports coach; etc. It should be someone who has a major role in one of your educational pursuits.

Your local Scout organization may also have a special form they want you to distribute to your references. This is to provide your Board of Review members with written comments on you. Check with your leadership (Unit, District, or Council, in that order) to see if this is the case for you.

Below is the reference form we use.

Here's a comment from an site visitor:  "The quality of the text on this sample form is too poor to read and the printed version is no better.  Can you provide a better version?"

This image is low resolution is to inhibit people from taking it and running with it as if it were an official part of your local advancement procedures.  Your district and council advancement committees determine what their procedures are for collecting references.  You should check to see if a form such as the shown on the site is going to be acceptable in your district and council.  If they are OK with the form, here's a blank you can use.  If they don't use forms or don't like this one, no good would come from using it.

Please direct all inquiries & submissions to the webmaster at Eaglescout.org

Last update:  1/30/2011