Eagle Scout Board of Review

North Star District Advancement
Eagle Board of Review Guideline

The third step in the advancement process is "A Boy Scout is reviewed." BSA National Council has placed the Eagle Scout board of review in the hands of the unit or the district or council committee responsible for advancement, at the council's discretion. Circle Ten Council has delegated that responsibility to the district advancment committees. North Star District normally holds centralized, unit-level Eagle Scout boards of review at regularly scheduled dates throughout the year. A unit-level board of review is a board of review in which at least some of the board members are qualified adult unit members. At least one member of the cistrict or council advancment committees must be a member of a unit-level board of review. The district advancement chairman can order a district-level board of review if he or she believes it is in the best interest of the Eagle Scout candidate.

The board of review for an Eagle Scout candidate is composed of at least three and, under certain circumstances, as many as six members, 21 years of age or older. These members do not have to be registered Scouters but they must have a thorough understanding of the importance and purpose of the Eagle Scout board of review. Normally, the unit must provide two experienced reviewers for the board of review. These reviewers should be completely familiar with the advancement requirements and be in agreement with BSA guidelines for the purpose of a board of review. Unit leaders and assistant leaders, family members, or guardians are specifically prohibited from sitting on Eagle Scout boards of review. The troop reviewer's first responsibility is to conduct the board of review in a rigorous but friendly format which challenges the Scout and carefully examines the key question: did the Eagle Scout candidate complete all of the requirements to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout? In most cases, an adult, whether a registered Scouter or not, who is listed as a reference on the Eagle Scout candidate's application, will not be permitted to serve in the capacity as a board member. Whether or not the recommendation was favorable, this individual has already made a decision as to the qualifications of the candidate and therefore cannot provide an impartial and nonprejudicial review. The troop representatives' allegiance is to the rank, not to the Scout. A reviewer who cannot perform this function, or is found wanting in this role, will be asked to leave the board of review and, if a substitute is not immediately available, the board of review will be suspended until a later date.The unit may use one additional seat (for a total of three) for one of two purposes: (a) to train additional unit reviewers or (b) to admit one additional experienced reviewer who, because of his or her experience, can add significantly to the discussion of the Eagle Scout candidate's qualifications. Sending a third (or fourth) reviewer simply because they like the Scout or to "help celebrate the moment" is not appropriate -- that is the purpose of the Court of Honor.

North Star District Advancement Committee will normally provide one or two experienced reviewers for each board of review. They reserve the right to add a third member to the board of review for training purposes. The district reviewers' responsibility is to manage the board of review and to ascertain that the board is held within the guidelines set forth by the National Council. They will typically arrive at the board of review with the Eagle Scout candidate's credentials already verified. There is usually a review sheet in the front of each packet with any issues needing clarification and sometimes that review sheet will list areas that the District Advancement Committee suggests as areas on which to focus attention. These are not necessarily problem areas; they are suggestions provided by advancement committee examiners. The examiners have reviewed a significant number of packets and participated in hundreds of roards of reviews. The questions usually focus on interesting items they see in their detailed review and are offered as aids to the roard of review. The troop representatives should plan to meet with the district reviewers for at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the board so that everyone is very familiar with the Eagle Scout candidate's credentials and to discuss what role each reviewer will play in the process. Often, the district Reviewers will suggest areas on which each reviewer should focus and plan how long to stay on any subject. When all reviewers are ready, the Scout enters and the Board begins. Troop representatives who arrive after a board of review has begun will usually not be allowed to enter the review late.

A unit leader may request to observe the board of review by speaking with the District Eagle Board Coordinator. The District Eagle Board Coordinator will discuss the request with the Eagle Scout candidate and, if both agree, the unit leader will be permitted to observe the board of review.

The Eagle Scout candidate should appear in full uniform with all appropriate badges in place. At the beginning of the review he should be presented to the board by his unit leader. The board will welcome him and begin their evaluation of the Scout's qualifications. At the end of the review, the Scout will be excused from the room, along with the unit leader if he or she is present, and the board will deliberate on the Scout's qualifications. Upon reaching a decision, the board will re-admit the Eagle Scout candidate to the review room and he will be informed as to whether or not he will receive the board's recommendation that he be granted the rank of Eagle Scout. If he is not to receive their positive recommendation, he should be told at that time what steps he needs to take, and in what timeframe, to meet the requirements. If he does not agree with the decision reached by the board, he or his parent(s) or guardian(s) may choose to appeal this decision. If they choose to appeal, the procedures for the appeal should be explained to them. Appeals must be made to the next higher level -- in this case, the district advancement committee.

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Monday, July 23, 2012 - 16:30