Re: Composition of Eagle BORs...
Bob Herbig (herbig@RTC.AMERITEL.NET)
Mon, 11 Dec 1995 12:12:33 -0500
At 09:54 AM 12/9/95 -0600, you wrote:
>The prohibition that relatives and unit leaders may not serve as members on
>BORs is under the heading "Review for Tendefoot through Life Ranks and Eagle
>Palms" on page 15 of the 1993 printing of the "Advancement Guidelines". The
>prohibition is curiously NOT mentioned under the heading "Eagle Boards of
>Review" on page 16. However, the prohibition is again mentioned under step 8
>of "The 12 Steps from Life to Eagle" on page 17. I presume the writer of the
>booklet majored in Hide and Seek with a minor in Ambiguity. 8-)
I have the 1994 printing and it is pretty much the same wording. However,
the first paragraph of "The twelve Steps from Life to Eagle" states: "In
order to formulate the procedures for an Eagle Scout board of review, the
I take that statement to mean that the outlined twelve steps amplify the
previous section on the Eagle Board.
>I have found no regulation (have you?) to prohibit an audience of relatives,
>unit leaders and others as long as they are not "members" of the Board. I'm
>speaking of regulationss, not opinions or interpretations. At this point we
>normally say "what was the intent?" and your guess is as good as mine.
Unit leaders may sit in the room with the board if desired by the board or
the SM. As a district represenative to unit Eagle boards, I have had it
both ways. Usually the SM will not be there. However, I encourage new
leaders working their first Eagle to sit-in on the board at least once as an
educational process. If the SM knows how a board works, he or she will be
better prepared to guide the Eagle candidate during the Eagle process.
>What we do in this District is have 3 members of the Board, allow 1 unit
>leader to attend but not participate after the introduction and
>recommendation, and prohibit the attendance of relatives.
Our council determined some time ago to hold unit level Eagle board with a
district representative in attendance. Not all the districts follow that edict.
>I'd say do what works well for you but you should think long and hard
>permit relatives to attend.
I fully agree with that. It reduces the potential for embarrassment of the
candidate in front of parents. Parents have a tendency to be harder on
their own than they would be with others. Many times we have discussed
issues in which a scout was involved which the parents were unaware. The
Scout was free to explain what happend and what he learned from the incident
knowing that what was said to the board would be known only to the board
Yours in Scouting
Bob Herbig, Scouter
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