for Scouts and Adults
The purpose of a Board of Review is to make sure the Scout is comfortable with Scouting, progressing through the ranks and enjoying his experience. While the objective is not to retest the scout on the rank advancements, the Scout should ‘be prepared’ to discuss what he did to complete the requirements. As a Board member you should be familiar with the requirements. A successful Board of Review should be a conversation and interview and not an interrogation.
- For the rank of either Tenderfoot or Second Class, the Board of Review should be approximately 20 mins
- For the rank of either First Class or Star, the Board of Review should be approximately 30 mins
- For the rank of Life, it should be approximately 45 mins
- The Eagle Scout Board of Review will be conducted by a District Advancement Committee
A Scout should spend 1 to 2 hours preparing for the Board of Review. This time should be spent (1) reviewing the requirements and getting prepared to discuss what he did to complete the requirements, (2) thinking about his experience in Scouting (so he can discuss his likes and dislikes about the Troop and activities, describe what he has learned that he values and what he deems as less important) and (3) looking over what requirements he has achieved towards his next rank and when an approximate completion will be.
A Class A uniform is a must, as well as bringing your Scout book and Merit Badge cards.
A Scout should be prepared to ask as least one question of the Board. This could be a question about Scouting in general, or the Troop specifically, or any other issue that is on the Scout’s mind.
If all parties – Scouts, Parents and Board members – are prepared, the Board of Review will run smoothly.