Recommendation Letters (Updated January 1, 2013)

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Requirement 2 on the EAGLE SCOUT RANK APPLICATION sates: 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.

Candidate’s responsibility To fulfill this requirement, our council requires an Eagle candidate to:

1.   Identify six people (five if not employed) who agree to recommend him, and record their contact information on the rank application.

2.   Provide each reference with the Recommendation Request and letter form on page 12 of the council Life to Eagle Guide.

References must be:

*      at least 21 years of age

*      not related to the candidate (except religious letter if no formal religious affiliation, and parents’ letter)

*      not an adult leader in the candidate’s unit

Clarification regarding specific letters:

Parents/guardians: one or both parents/guardian(s)

Religious: If the candidate regularly attends a church or other religious gathering, someone from this group should write this letter. If there is no formal religious affiliation, parent/guardian should write this letter, explaining how the candidate fulfills his duty to God in his daily life.

Educational: most often a teacher or other school personnel

Employer: Required only if the candidate is currently employed. Candidates may also ask summer or other seasonal employers for an employer recommendation.

Two other references: anyone who meets the criteria for references above

Additional letters beyond the five or six required are permitted, and will be forwarded to the board of review; however, they may not be substituted for any of the six required.

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