Re: Eagle Board of Review Questions
Mark Wilson (mwilson@POLARIS.ORL.MMC.COM)
Mon, 15 May 1995 13:55:41 EDT
> The questions were lead by the "Council Guy"---sorry I missed the appropriate
> title. After the questions about his Scouting experience and Eagle efforts
> the subject turned to "general life questions."
I believe that such questions are fair game in an Eagle BOR for two reasons.
One, they are not cut and dried. Since there is no book answer, the candidate
must think and respond based on his beliefs and experience. His responses will
reveal much about what he has learned. Two, there are no simple answers. The
candidate will have to formulate some sort of response, again revealing what
he has learned.
> My friend was concerned because the questions were ones that he wasn't even
> sure of the answers. One question that comes to mind was, "How do you feel
> about Gays in the Military?" Other sexually oriented questions followed.
Of course, the questions should plumb the all-round development of the candidate
and not obsess on one topic.
> Is this really a fair game question for a BOR?
Yes, as I noted before.
> Would these questions still be appropriate for a 14 year old eagle?
Perhaps with some rephrasing. I don't think you should see too much difference
between the two. Even so, Eagle is a standard. If the line of questioning is
valid for one candidate, it should be valid for all.
> If it wasn't appropriate, since the Scoutmaster was invited to sit in
> and listen, should he have spoken up?
No. If the Scoutmaster was allowed to be present, his role is to be strictly
an observer. The SM is not a part of the BOR and has no input to their
decision. Obviously, if there was some violation of BSA rules and regulations
some action might be required but, in this case the time for him to comment
on the questions is after the BOR announced their decision.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City