Re: Board of review (Knots)
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Fri, 16 Aug 1996 02:28:39 -0400
>From the horse's mouth here's the scoop on what a Board of Review is
supposed to do from the Troop Committee Guidebook:
BOARDS OF REVIEW (EXCEPT FOR EAGLE SCOUT)
"When a Scout has completed all of the requirements for a rank, he
appears before a board of review composed of at least three and not more
than six committee members.
"The review has three purposes:
1. To make sure that the work has been learned and completed.
2. To find out what kind of experience the boy is having in his patrol
3. To encourage the Scout to progress further.
"The board of review is not a time to retest the Scout, but to determine
the Scout's attitude and his acceptance of Scouting ideals. It is also
important to review those Scouts who are not advancing. The guidance and
care shown could motivate these Scouts to further achievement.
"The review should be conducted at a convenient time and location, such
as a troop meeting, summer camp, or the home of a member of the troop
committee, Scoutmasters and assistant Scoutmasters do not participate in
the board of review.
"The board of review members should feel free to refer to the Boy Scout
Handbook, Scoutmaster Handbook, or any other references during the review.
"Because many boys are ill at ease when talking to adults, it is
important that the board of review be held in a relaxed atmosphere. A
certain amount of formality and meaningful questioning should be used
during the review. Use questions that requirrre a narrative answer.
"Examples of the kinds of questions that might be asked are:
* What do you like most in troop outdoor activities?
* What new things did you do/learn on your latest campout/service
* What did you learn/feel in giving service to others?
* Why is being a Boy Scout important to you?
* What are your goals in Scouting?
* How will fulfilling requirement number ______ help you?
"These types of questions will help the boy to see the value and
practical application of his efforts.
"At the conclusion of the review, the board should know whether a boy is
qualified for the rank or palm. The Scout is asked to leave the room while
the board members discuss his achievements. The decision of the board of
review is arrived a through discussion and must be unanimous. If members
are satisfied that the Scout is ready to advance, he is called in,
congratulated, notified as to when he will receive his recognition, and
encouraged to continue his advancement or earn the next palm.
"Scouts who are not advancing should also come before the board of
review. The board should show interest in these Scouts' rank progress.
Ask the kind of questions that may reveal why they are not advancing:
* Do you enjoy the outings/troop meetings?
* Which of the requirements are most difficult for you?
* Do you find that school activities are taking more of your time? Which
"Let the Scout know that he has the support of the board of review
members and that there is no doubt that he can achieve the next rank.
The board's concern and supportive manner will both help the Scout's
confidence and impress upon him the importance of advancement in his
"At the conclusion of every board of review, it is the the committee's
responsibility to prepare and turn in to the local council office a copy
of the Advancement Report, and ensure that the badges earned by the boys
are obtained and awarded in a timely fashion."
There is a lot of good grist in the above for a Troop Board of Review. I
think it makes it fairly clear that the board is not there to retest or
test in the first instance. The Board of Review is not there to fail a
candidate for rank. In some cases it is used to find out why a Scout is
not progressing towards a rank. A BOR should be seen as an evaluation of
the Troop's program and how well it is meeting the needs of the Scouts,
an opportunity to learn for the adults, and a time to help the Scout set
his sights on the next goal, aside from the administrative function of
seeing that everything is in order to advance the Scout.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
Dep.Dist.Commissioner-Training, G.W.Dist., NCAC, BSA (Virginia)
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