What is the purpose of the Board of Review?
To determine the quality of the Scout's experience and decide if he is qualified to advance to the next rank. Boards of review are also used when awarding Eagle Palms.
When is the Board of Review held?
When a Scout believes he has completed all the requirements for a rank or Palm, he will be granted a board of review. Ideally, boards should be scheduled at least monthly so Scouts aren't delayed in beginning time-oriented requirements for their next rank.
Who sits on the board?
The board consists of three to six unit committee members (or, for the Eagle Scout rank, three to six adults who understand the rank, purpose and importance of the review). A candidate's unit leader, assistant unit leaders and parents or guardians may not sit on his board, although the unit leader may attend as an observer. If three or fewer unit committee members are available, the unit may use knowledgeable parents or other adults who understand Scouting's aims.
How long should it last?
For Tenderfoot through Life, approximately 15 minutes but no longer than 30 minutes; for Eagle, 30 to 45 minutes.
Does the scout have to appear in uniform?
Full field uniform is preferred. Also must bring their Boy Scout Handbook.
How does the board make its decision?
Typically, the board will ask the candidate to leave the room at the end of the meeting while they discuss his responses. It is appropriate to call the candidate back if additional questions may provide clarification. After discussion, the board takes a formal or informal vote. The board must agree unanimously. To approve awarding a rank or Palm, the board must agree unanimously.
How do eagle boards differ?
In addition to the slight differences noted here, the council advancement committee determines whether Eagle boards are held at the unit, district or council level. (If held at the unit level, at least one district or council representative must serve on the board.) Also, an Eagle board may not be held until after the council has verified the candidate's application with the local council service center.
For more information, see the 2013 Guide to Advancement, which is available online at bit.ly/guidetoadvancement Or click here.