Eagle Board of Review
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@VM1.UCC.OKSTATE.EDU)
Wed, 18 Jun 1997 09:39:38 -0500
I guess I've seen a pretty good variety of BORs over the years I've been
I see the role of the board to satisfy itself that the requirements for
rank advancement have been met.
There are multiple issues here: First, has the scout done the work. Second,
is the troop program adequate to provide sufficient opportunity for
advancement. Third, is the scout receiving a good scouting experience.
You can probably add some others . . .
Questions such as "Where did you go on your five-mile hike?" "What kinds
of things did you see or do?" help you know if the work has been done.
I like to ask "Does your patrol put up it's patrol flag at campouts?" When
the Scout tells me his patrol doesn't have a flag, I then ask how he passed
the requirement to describe his patrol flag. When he can't tell me, I
become aware of his possibly not having met the requirement--I already know
his patrol hasn't had a patrol flag for months, maybe years! I encourage
the scout to help his patrol get their flag made and flying. I also note
who signed off on the requirement so we can remind that person that the
requirement must be met. I also make note that the patrol method is
probably not being well used and I bring that issue up at committee meetings.
I have not RETESTED the scout and I have more information than I would from
Unless there are other problems, the scout passes his BOR. I presume that
he described what his patrol flag would look like IF there was one ;-)
I really do expect that the SM will not present a scout for advancement
unless he believes the scout has completed the requirements but I've seen
SMs that want to place this responsibility on the BOR.
I also expect the board to review scouts who are NOT advancing--ever notice
the space for this on the advancement report?
If a Scoutmaster feels a particular issue needs to be raised with the scout,
I believe it is appropriate to raise the issue with the board before
presenting the scout. The board can decide how much of an issue it is
and the scout can respond if the board chooses to raise the issue. This
applies to eagle boards as well as others.
BTW, I've seen eagle boards at all levels. I prefer troop level boards with
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City