Re: Eagle Board of Review Question
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Tue, 17 Jun 1997 13:33:50 -0400
> From: Godbout, Marc <GodboutM@ANDOVERCONTROLS.COM>
> Date: Tuesday, June 17, 1997 10:38 AM
> I'm finding this thread interesting because our District invites
> (requires?) the Scoutmaster to attend the Eagle BORs, both project
> approval and final review.
Well, first of all, the project approval is different from the Board of
Review, and the Scoutmaster's approval is REQUIRED for the project, so it
is logical for the SM to be present when this is happening. I require a
personal meeting with the Scout and EITHER the SM or a member of the Troop
Committee (usually the SM) before I will approve a project. Except in the
most unusual of circumstances I will not approve an Eagle project without
having a face to face meeting with the Scout to discuss the project.
As to the Board itself, the SM is allowed to be present, but is NOT a
member of the Board, should not be asking questions, and does not have a
vote. He is there to answer any questions about the Scout's experience
that might better be answered by the troop than the candidate, although I
can't think of many that would require the SM to answer them.
> During the deliberation at the final review,
> when the scout is out of the room, I'm asked my opinion of the boy.
> It's never been stated, but I've always felt that my input at that time
> was a necessary part of the review.
It certainly is NOT a necessary part of the review, and I am not sure that
it is really an allowable part of the review. If the SM didn't think the
Scout was ready for Eagle then he should never have signed the application
in the first place, so I am not sure what kind of answer the Board is
expecting from the SM.
> I've been to BORs where the scout's
> former SMs or ASMs were members and the idea of a conflict of interest
> was not brought up.
I do not believe that past SMs or SAs are prohibited from sitting on
Boards, although if it was the SM for the majority of a Scout's time in
Scouting it might be better if he were not a member of the Board.
> I would think that a Scoutmaster would bring out points regarding the
> boy's true character that might not be evident during a relatively quick
But if the troop committee has been conducting the boards all the way up
the line then they should have a good feel for each Scout in the troop and
there should be no surprises at the Eagle board.
Bruce E. Cobern
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City