scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Boards of Review - Revisited
Chris & Paula Sheridan (chris.sheridan@PCISYS.NET
Sat Jun 24 2000 - 13:00:37 CDT
I'd like to thank everyone who responded to my question regarding BSA's
recommended length for Boards of Review (BoR). From many helpful people I
learned that the Scoutmaster's handbook (page 122 - "Boards of review for
the ranks of Tenderfoot through Life should each last about fifteen minutes.
An Eagle BoR might take half an hour or more") and BSA publication #33088B,
Advancement Committee Policies & Procedures (page 19-20 - "Review for
Tenderfoot Through Life Ranks and Eagle Palms should be approximately 15
minutes") are the BSA recommended guidelines.
I also got responses that differed from the recommended guidelines. I've
summarized those reasons here:
* Longer BoRs (45 minutes to an hour) conveys the importance of Star and
Life ranks in relation to the lower ranks.
* The higher the rank, the longer the Board of Review. (One reason for this
is the reality of the length of an Eagle BoR - most take 60 to 75 minutes,
so longer BoRs for Star & Life help prepare Scout for Eagle BoR.)
* Long BoRs prove that the adults take this job seriously enough that they
want to feel comfortable with their decision about a Scout that they may
have just met for the first time.
* Long BoRs help Scouts prepare for the real-world experience in job
interviews. Most job interviews are never less than one hour and the BoR
process helps the boys develop those interview skills.
* Our Troop tries to get new parents on BoRs to help them to learn about
the process. This tends to slow down things at first because the adults take
time to prepare, so the BoRs may last for 30 minutes.
* One goal of the BoR is for the adults to get to know the Scout. I've
found that sometimes it takes a while before the Scout relaxes enough to
feel comfortable talking to the adults.
* BoRs should take the time to sow the concern that makes the process seem
worthwhile to the Scout.
* Occasionally we combine Tenderfoot and Second Class into a single BoR.
Naturally, we'd like to cover the same material as two separate BoRs, and
that could push the talk to 40 minutes.
Quite a variety of reasons for why some Troop Committees want to lengthen
Boards of Review.
Thanks again for all the responses - it's given me some food for thought.
T-62 Committee Secretary