For some Scouts, the thought of answering a barrage of questions from adults is worse than a trip to the dentist.
Turns out, though, that the boy often isn’t the only nervous person in the room.
Here’s what Kathy, a Scouter from the Northeast, told me:
I’ve just been asked to sit on the Board of Review for one of my students, since I’ve known him since he was in the second grade. If I’m to ask questions, can you give me some insight as to what’s appropriate? I don’t want to look stupid.
Kathy’s certainly not the only one at a loss for words at a Board of Review. So I asked our Facebook friends for their go-to questions.
Here are 20 to try the next time you’re involved in this important final step on a boy’s journey to Eagle:
20 Quality Questions for Eagle Scout Boards of Review
Each question is listed with the Scouter who submitted it:
- What will you do as an Eagle Scout to give back to Scouting? (Mike J.)
- What do you believe our society expects from an Eagle Scout? (Andrea P.)
- Of all the patches on your uniform, which one means the most or which one of them are you proudest to wear? (Joan G.)
- If you could do it all over again, would you, and why? (David T.)
- What lessons did you learn from the Eagle process and how do you think those lessons will help you in your future endeavors? In other words, what will you take away from this experience? (Andrea J.)
- How would you describe the effort you have put into your Scouting career? Expected response: I did my best. (David L.)
- What advice would you give to a new Scout? (Diane S.)
- You are about to breathe your last breath. What is the one Scouting memory (beginning with Cub Scouts and going all the way through) that is going to put a smile on your face? (Donna C.)
- How do you balance accomplishments you are so proud of such as your Eagle with the peer perception that Scouting is uncool? (Dalton L.)
- What is the most pressing issue today? Why? (Kent M.)
- What point of the Scout Law do you think is the hardest for the youth of today to follow? Why? (Brian K.)
- Please stand up, give me the 12 points of the Scout Law, and tell me what each one means to you. (Michael M.)
- Tell me which is more important: earning the rank of Eagle or wearing it? (Ernie H.)
- Why should we make you an Eagle Scout tonight? In other words, how have you demonstrated the characteristics of an Eagle Scout and what is our assurance that you will continue to use them throughout your life? (Pat S.)
- If you could talk to anyone throughout history, who would it be and what would you talk about? (Tom D.)
- If you could change one requirement for Eagle, what would it be? (Scott W.)
- If you could add one point to the Scout Law, what would it be and why? If you could remove one point from the Scout Law, what would it be and why? (Greg P.)
- What is something you found in Scouting that you can improve upon? (Andrew R.)
- What is the moment you knew you wanted to earn Eagle? (Brandy P.)
- There are 21 merit badges required for Eagle. If you had to add one more to the required list, which one would it be, and why? (Jen A.)
What else do you ask?
What one question do you ask in every Board of Review? If you’re an Eagle, what was the toughest question you were asked at yours? Share your thoughts below.
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