Upcoming Life to Eagle Seminars:

Two Options to Attend:

1) In-Person—TBD

 2) Virtual—TBD

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Eagle Extension Update

Eagle Extension Update Paperwork:

Effective January 1, 2021, local councils will have the authority to grant limited extensions of time to complete Eagle, Quartermaster, or Summit requirements. These extensions are available only to youth members who qualify under the three tests listed in the attached advance copy of topics,,, and forms and from the 2021 edition of the Guide to Advancement (GTA), which will be published early in the year. Advance copies of these topics and forms are also published at www.scouting.org/advancement.


The three tests are laid out in topic

The process for requesting and reviewing a time extension is outlined in topic

An appeal process has also been established if the council denies an extension. This process is outlined in topic

Though the updated GTA containing these three topics will not be published until after the new year the authority outlined in topics,, and will take effect on January 1, 2021.

Council Advancement Committees are advised that after Dec. 31, 2020 there is no plan to authorize COVID extensions as has been allowed during 2020. It is possible, however, that as of Jan. 1, 2021, COVID could become a circumstance that warrants an extension if it qualifies under the three tests listed in  Note that existing COVID extension granted between Oct. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020 will expire three months after they were granted.


• Click here for a video on how to conduct a board of review through videoconferencing.


Eagle Letters of Recommendation:

An Eagle Candidate must list personal references on the Eagle Application. In an effort to help streamline the process, in accordance with the Guide to Advancement, the Greater Tampa Bay Area Council has adopted a process to help with references. Each candidate requests that a letter be submitted by each of the 5-6 references listed on the first page of the Eagle Application.

These letters are to be collected by the troop, usually by the Unit Advancement or Committee Chair. When collected, they should remain unopened until the Board of Review. These reference letters are to remain sealed and only opened by the Board of Review. These letters are confidential and contents of them will never be revealed to anyone except the Board of Review members. The letters will never be shown to the Scout or the family.

To help make the process easier for the person making the reference, it is suggested that the candidate give them a pre-addressed, pre-stamped envelope. On the envelope, the Scout’s name should be printed on the bottom or back. Here is a sample envelope.


*All Eagle Scout Ambition letters could be used for Marketing materials, note that GTBAC takes YPT precautions when using these letters. First and Last initials only are used.

Advancement Questions

For any advancement questions in the council, contact John Sangiorgio, gtbac.adv@gmail.com.

Eagle Scout Candidate Information

Download the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook – Choose PC or Mac version.

Download the Eagle Scout Rank Application – Form is editable.

Download the Age Guidelines for Tool Usage

Scouts should always follow The Guide to Safe Scouting when working on their project.

National Eagle Scout Association  nesa.org

To get permission to have the Eagle rank or other BSA logos reproduced on a cake, please submit the Cake Request Form.


To help Scouts, parents, and unit leaders better understand the Eagle journey, we offer a Life to Eagle Workshop twice a year. This half-day workshop provides valuable information about planning and executing the required Eagle Project, navigating Eagle paperwork, and how to plan an Eagle Court of Honor.

Have questions or feedback about this page? Last updated November 29, 2023

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John Sangiorgio