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Title: Boards of Review (What?, Who?, Why?, When?, How?)

Boards of Review(What?, Who?, Why?, When?, How?)
  • Training for those who serve on
  • BSA Boards of Review

The Purposes of Boy Scouting
  • To develop in young men the ability to do things
    for themselves and others
  • To train them in outdoor skills
  • To teach them patriotism, courage, self-reliance,
    and kindred virtues
  • To prepare them to participate in and give
    leadership to American society

The Aims of Scouting
  • Character development
  • Citizenship training
  • Personal fitness

The Methods of Scouting
  • IdealsOath, Law, Motto, Slogan
  • Patrols
  • Outdoor programs
  • Advancement
  • Association with adults
  • Personal growth
  • Leadership development
  • Uniform

What Is a Board of Review, How Does It Fit In?
  • Its a tool the Troop Committee uses to
  • how well the Scout understands the ideals of
  • how he is applying them in his life and in the
  • how well he is progressing in advancement
  • A Board of Review for rank advancement
  • verifies that the requirements for that rank have
    been met
  • provides a forum to discuss the Scouts plan for

Purposes of a Board of Review
  • Evaluate the Scouts attitude and acceptance of
    the ideals of Scouting
  • In the Troop
  • In the home
  • At school
  • In everyday life
  • Learn how the Scout views the Troop and its
  • Verify completion of advancement requirements
    review next rank and his plan to achieve it.

Purposes of a Board of Review
  • Track both advancement and lack of advancement
  • Reaffirm to the Scout that
  • The Troop Committee is interested in his
  • Is available to help him overcome obstacles

Who Conducts the Board of Review?
  • Three to six Troop Committee members
  • The Scoutmaster is not a BOR member
  • The Scouts parents do not serve on the board
  • Board members are 21 years of age or older

When and Where
  • A Scout has a Board of Review
  • after he has completed rank advancement
    requirements, or
  • approximately every six months to evaluate his
  • Boards of Review usually occur
  • at the Troops normal meeting place, or
  • during a camping trip or troop outing
  • Eagle Boards of Review
  • are held at a time and location convenient to
    both the Eagle candidate and BOR members

How Often?
  • At least monthly for the troop, more frequently
    if needed
  • At least every six months for each Scout

Easy Guidelines
  • Make the Scout comfortable
  • Ask open-ended questions that help evaluate his
    understanding of Scouting ideals, the quality of
    his Scouting experience, and his application of
    Scouting ideals in daily life
  • Do not test Skills verification occurs with the
    Troop leaders before a Scout is presented to the
  • Review the record of his completion of
    requirements to ensure they meet high
    standardsbut do not interrogate him
  • Act quickly--a routine BOR should take no more
    than15 minutes

Easy Guidelines
  • Ask Simple Where/When/How questions
  • Use questions that evaluate rank advancement
    requirements without retesting
  • What did you cook for your First Class meal?
  • What kinds of camp gadgets has your patrol
  • Listen to what the Scout is saying, and to what
    he is not saying.
  • In a good board of review you may listen more
    than you speak.
  • Respond with interest, smiles, and very brief
  • Do not make the BOR about yourself and your
  • Remember, its about the Scout, his experiences
    and his understanding of Scouting ideals!

What Kinds of Questions?
  • You are assessing
  • His achievements and experiences
  • His growth in the ideals of Scouting
  • Sostart with questions about
  • School and family
  • The values embodied in the Scout Oath and Law
  • His participation and leadership in other
  • Patriotism
  • Citizenship
  • Duty to God

Accomplishments Leadership
  • Ask about his accomplishments in the Troop
  • What events has he participated in?
  • What was memorable about those events?
  • How could his experience have been even better?
  • What service projects has he done?
  • Ask about his leadership in the Troop
  • What positions has he held?
  • Which was most rewarding? Why?
  • What problems did he encounter as a leader?
  • How did he solve them?
  • How could he have been a more effective leader?

Duty to God
  • Is an important part of Scouting
  • Recognizes religious element in Scout training
  • Nonsectarian
  • The Scouts home and religious organization give
    definition to his religious life
  • Discussion of religion is appropriate, but should
    be done with respect for the variety of personal
    faiths and beliefs
  • How do you honor the 12th point of the Scout
    Law? allows the Scout to discuss his religious

If the Scout is Nervous
  • He may
  • Freeze up,
  • Become silent or give really short answers, and
  • Forget simple things
  • You should put the Scout at ease and encourage
  • Start with questions about school and family
  • Keep questions simple and focused
  • Avoid rambling comments or questions
  • Demonstrate a courteous, friendly, and kind
    manner of questioning

Wrapping Up the Board of Review
  • Always end the review with praise for the
    positive aspects of his character, skill, and
  • After completing your discussion with the Scout
  • Ask him to leave while the Board makes a decision
  • Deliberate quickly and reach a unanimous decision
  • Invite him back in to hear the boards friendly
    and supportive decision
  • The Scout holds his new rank as of the date of
    the board of review

If a Scout Is Not Advancing
  • The Board of Review should help him learn what he
    needs to do to advance
  • Ask questions to identify the problem
  • With his help, focus on identifying practical
  • Counsel the Scout to help him form his own
  • Help him develop his plan for advancement
  • Set a date for his next review

The BOR and a Healthy Troop
  • Through questions and discussions, the review
    process can contribute to a healthy Troop
  • It encourages leadership and evaluates leadership
  • It helps match youth with appropriate leadership
  • It identifies how the troop is keeping boys
    interested and challenged
  • It identifies opportunities for improvement
  • It demonstrates that the Troop utilizes the
    methods of Scouting
  • The review process encourages Scouts to continue
    on the Scouting path

The BOR and a Healthy Scout
  • The BOR develops the Youths Scouting health
  • It encourages him to continue advancing in rank
    and accepting more responsibility for troop
  • It helps match his interests and abilities with
    Troop leadership opportunities
  • It helps him recognize his challenges and achieve
    his dreams
  • It helps him see himself in the greater context
    of Scouting
  • It helps develop self-confidence and pride in
  • It provides interaction with adults in a setting
    of mutual respect
  • It encourages personal growth in Scouting skills
    and in living the ideals of Scouting

Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class
  • Get to know the Scout better
  • Review progress in his achievements
  • Discuss his steps down the Scouting trail.
  • Reflect on skills learned
  • Reflect on the ideals of Scouting
  • Ask questions that deal with
  • Campouts or activities
  • Proficiency in Scouting skills
  • How he is getting along with other Scouts in his
  • How he exhibits Scouting ideals

Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class
  • Possible Questions
  • Who is your patrol leader?
  • What do you think of the problems he is facing?
  • How are you doing in your first aid skills?
  • What are your goals for the next few months how
    do they meet advancement requirements?
  • What do you think would make the troop better?
  • How do you fulfill your duty to country? To God?

Star and Life
  • Review is longer than previous rank reviews, but
    still should take no more than 20 minutes
  • Scout should have developed more Scouting skills
  • Scout should demonstrate more maturity
    commensurate with his increased responsibility in
    the troop
  • Demonstration of leadership is more important
  • Ask about service projects

Star and Life
  • Possible Questions
  • What merit badges did you enjoy, and why?
  • What merit badges taught you the most?
  • How/where did you fulfill your Swimming (or other
    merit badge) requirements?
  • Did you enjoy your leadership position?
  • What was your best accomplishment in that
  • What frustrated you? How did you handle the
  • Which Scouts have the greatest leadership
    potential? Why?
  • Do you plan to reach Eagle rank?
  • Have you thought about a service project for
  • How do you fulfill your duty to God? To country?

Eagle Scout Boards of Review
  • Eagle Scout Boards of Review include
    representatives from the District Advancement
  • The Scoutmaster is not a member of the BOR

  • Advancement Committee Guide Policies and
    Procedures, No 33088
  • 36 USC Chapter 309 Boy Scouts of America
  • http//
  • The Scoutmasters Other Handbook
  • http//
  • MacScouter A Guide to Conducting Boards of
  • http//
  • BSA supplemental training
  • http//
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