To achieve the highest rank of Eagle Scout, a total of 21 merit badges minimum must be earned. This is along with other requirements, and off course an approved Eagle Project. Of the 23 merit badges, there are 13 which are required or also called Eagle Badges. The scout must also complete an additional 8 merit badges of their choice. Currently there are 135 merit badges. Regular merit badges are identifiable by a green trim. Eagle merit badges have a white/silver ring on them.
List of Eagle Required Merit Badges
2. Citizenship in Community
3. Citizenship in Nation
4. Citizenship in World
7. Cycling, Hiking, or Swimming
8. Emergency Preparedness or Lifesaving
9. Environmental Science or Sustainability
10. Family Life
11. First Aid
12. Personal Fitness
13. Personal Management
It is important to remember that this is a journey of learning, and growing, not a destination. Once the Eagle Rank is achieved the scout can continue to earn a gold palm, and multiple silver palms that go on their Eagle Scout patch.