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An Eagle Board of Review study guide, created by Scouters

Update, Nov. 22 | The authors of the study guide have asked that it be removed. Read other Eagle Scout blog content at the links below.

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  1. I write this without having seen the “study guide” in question or the 20 questions to ask at an EBOR. I arrived at this blog by googling “who may come to an Eagle Board of Review” and have spent the last half hour reading all the “opinions” and emotional comments. I should mention that I have helped develop the Advancement team in our District, although I am no longer on it, but was for over 10 years. The EBOR “procedure” I describe below comes from many people’s ideas who come from many different councils and experiences over the years.

    In our District, when a Scout is contacted for his Eagle Board of Review, he is asked to bring any mentors, his family and his Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster, along with his filled in (requirements initialed) Boy Scout handbook.

    To begin with the entire group is invited into the same room. The Scout introduces who he brought along and the EBOR chair introduces the board members. The Scout leads the group in a salute to the flag and then the Scout is asked to leave the room. For a few minutes those that the Scout invited are asked to tell a bit about the Scout; who he is as a son, brother or student, etc. We call it “brag time” for the parents and is a way for the EBOR to get to know a bit more about the Eagle candidate. Once all has told their “stories” about the Scout, the group (with the exception of the SM or ASM) is asked to exchange places with the Scout and the EBOR begins. The SM or ASM is there only as an observer and can be called upon by the board to answer minor questions. The first thing we ask is that the Scout say the Scout Oath and Law, but we never hold it against him if nerves cause him to falter while doing so. It simply sets the tone for what is to follow since we are reviewing his “Scout Spirit” amongst other things.

    Our EBOR are formal but low-stress and intended as a way to learn about the Scout’s entire experience as a Scout, which includes how he managed his Scouting along with keeping up with family, school, sports or other activities. We ask about his MBs and which one was the most challenging, which he feels will be of most help in his future, etc. Of course, we also ask about his project, how he came to do that project, how he showed leadership doing it, would he change anything about how he approached it, etc.

    One of the last things we ask is of the 12 points of the Scout Law, which one does he feel best represents him here – today – at the end of his journey. (We keep a journal of which the Scouts have chosen, which is interesting to look back on). We also ask him a final question which is why the Eagle Board should grant him the rank of Eagle. This is usually the toughest question of all because most Scouts have a difficult time summing up what we already know – HE HAS EARNED IT. We coach him that there will be similar times in the future where he will be asked why he should be given a job, a raise, or a promotion and he should be prepared to confidently point out that he has performed all the required tasks or assignments and that he has earned it.

    He then is excused from the room to let the board confer; we spend time “voting”, initialing his handbook, signing his Eagle application and advancement form and then we call him and his group back in to give him the news – that at this time (we state the exact time and record it in our District Advancement journal) that he is now an Eagle Scout. There are congratulations to all, including the SM or ASM and family, especially to the Eagle Scout, we let him know that he will officially be an Eagle once his certificate is sent back from the National office and he should start thinking about his Eagle Court of Honor.

    This whole process takes about 45 minutes, longer if the family likes to brag or the Eagle is especially talkative, but we know going in that the candidate has already fulfilled all the requirements of Eagle or he would not be here. We do, however, use each EBOR as a way to evaluate the program of the Troop he comes from and, if needed, provide coaching to the unit on advancement if the candidate seemed questionable. We are always looking for ways to train and help a unit produce strong Eagles as this is a title that comes with life-long benefits.

    We don’t see our procedures as adding any requirements or breaking any rules in the most current GTA, but I would appreciate any comments on what we do. Thank your in advance for those comments.

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