Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Board of Review
Board of Review
Wed, 15 Dec 1999 08:14:20 -0600
With the recent discussion on Scouts-L regarding the board of review process
I hope that you will find the following a path for discussion in your unit.
The December program for our Boy Scout Roundtable was centered on the board
review process. As the Scouters arrived they were randomly assigned to
discussion groups of from 5-7 people. At the November roundtable the
Scouters were reminded to bring a Boy Scout Handbook with them to the
December meeting. In addition to the Handbook the groups were given a
of information that included the following:
1. A copy of the board of review material from the Advancement Policies
and Procedures Committee Guide.
2. A single sheet of paper for each of the ranks from Tenderfoot - Life
which contained some descriptive information about the rank.
With a 50 minute time limit each group was asked to develop board of review
questions for each rank. At the end of the 50 minutes the Scouters were
brought together for a discussion on their experience and to review the
The review of the questions resulted in such emotional discussion that our
roundtable program for January 2000 has been changed to deal specifically
with questions used at a board of review.
Key to the discussion was the following material contained in the
Advancement Policies and Procedures Committee Guide.
"The members of the board of review should have the following objectives in
mind when they conduct the review.
* To make sure the Scout has done what he has supposed to do for rank.
* To see how good an experience the Scout is having in the unit.
* To encourage the Scout to progress further.
The review is not an examination; the board does not retest the candidate.
Rather, the board should attempt to determine the Scout's attitude and his
acceptance of Scouting's ideals."
The emotional exchange of ideas regarding the questions centered on "To make
sure the Scout has done what he was supposed to do for the rank." and "The
review is not an examination; the board does not retest the candidate."
It was not a case of giving the Scout a piece of rope and asking him to tie
a square knot. It was whether the question "What knots have you learned?"
a "test" question. Is the Scout being tested with the question "If you were
on a hike and got lost, what would you do?" Or how about "What is our duty
Our format for roundtable in January will be to have the District
Advancement Chairperson review the format and questions used for the Eagle
Board of Review. Using that base we will be looking at the questions for
the lower ranks to see if they follow a path the prepares the Scout for the
Eagel Board of Reveiw. Interestly, the definition of the word 'review'
includes the words 'general survey' and 're-examination'.
The big question, based on the objectives of a board of review is "When does
a question become a 'test' or a 're-examination'?" And, in who's eyes?
Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner
Hiawatha District - Gamehaven Council SE Minnesota