Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: Board of Review
Re: Board of Review
Sat, 11 Dec 1999 14:43:15 -0600
You wrote and asked us all:
>the guidebook tells us sits on a board of review; members of the troop
>committee, perhaps with the advancement person conducting.
For all except the Eagle Board of Review, yep....
>that said, one of the purposes of the BOR is to learn about the Scout and
>how he is doing both in and out of Scouting, right?
Exactly. This is done through the give-and-take between the members of the
Board (Troop Committeemembers) and the Scout being reviewed.
>is it necessary or important ot keep the same people on the BOR all the
>time? I was thinking (yes, again!) about the Scout being familiar with the
>members of the board, before he is willing to share his thoughts about what
>is happening in his Scouting life.
Nope. My *personal opinion* is that the members of the Board should be
ROTATED FREQUENTLY so as to give ALL members of the Troop's Committee to
experience what a Board of Review is all about; so that the Board doesn't
become stale with the "same old people doing the same old stuff" each month
or each quarter; and most importantly, so that the Scout can effectively
communicate (and learn how to communicate) with a wider variety of members.
The only thing I don't like about the Boards of Review is that we officially
cannot include other members of the community as Board members. We CAN
involve them, and I would recommend including community leaders, church
leaders, teachers, police officers, fire fighters, non-profit leaders, and
neighbors of the Scout....but they have NO VOTE and cannot affect any
decisions (even though they will!) in whether or not the Scout advances to
the next step.
As a former Troop Committeechair, I enjoyed holding Star and Life Boards of
Review. I would "stack it" with people that the Scout wouldn't expect being
One Scout had to talk with the Troop's Committee, his minister, a
fifth-grade teacher, and his next door neighbor during his Board of Review.
When he went to his Eagle Board of Review a few months later, he told me
afterwards that "That was a PIECE OF CAKE compared to our Troop's
Boards...because in there, all we got to see was Scout people. In our Troop
Boards, you never know who will show up!"
(and in my bullethead, I heard "I know. That's what's personal growth is all
By giving the Scout, Bob, lots of chances to grow inward and outwardly, we
make him a better citizen and increaases his personal character. When we
keep things the same, the only thing the Scout learns is how to "get over
that group of people" and what "gives them a good sign that I deserve" the
This is also why I enjoy attending Eagle Scout Boards of Review when I can
attend them....just to give that Eagle Scout candidate SOMEONE ELSE that is
NOT EXPECTED (and whom he's NEVER SEEN before) to also interview and listen
to the candidate.
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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