40 questions to ask at your next Eagle Board of Review

Updated for 2014 with even more questions

Forget that sit-down with the hiring supervisor at Subway. When it comes to life-changing interviews for a teenager, you can’t top the Eagle Scout Board of Review.

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. (2014 Update: I also included some of my favorite questions left as comments on this post)

Here are 20 40 to try the next time you’re involved in this important final step on a boy’s journey to Eagle: 

40 Quality Questions for Eagle Scout Boards of Review

Each question is listed with the Scouter who submitted it. Of course there’s no way you can ask 40 questions during an Eagle Scout board of review. But I’ve included this many in the hopes you’ll find a few you hadn’t thought to ask.

  1. What will you do as an Eagle Scout to give back to Scouting? (Mike J.)
  2. What do you believe our society expects from an Eagle Scout? (Andrea P.)
  3. Of all the patches on your uniform, which one means the most or which one of them are you proudest to wear? (Joan G.)
  4. If you could do it all over again, would you, and why? (David T.)
  5. 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.)
  6. How would you describe the effort you have put into your Scouting career? Expected response: I did my best. (David L.)
  7. What advice would you give to a new Scout? (Diane S.)
  8. 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.)
  9. How do you balance accomplishments you are so proud of such as your Eagle with the peer perception that Scouting is uncool? (Dalton L.)
  10. What is the most pressing issue today? Why? (Kent M.)
  11. What point of the Scout Law do you think is the hardest for the youth of today to follow? Why? (Brian K.)
  12. Please stand up, give me the 12 points of the Scout Law, and tell me what each one means to you. (Michael M.)
  13. Tell me which is more important: earning the rank of Eagle or wearing it? (Ernie H.)
  14. Why should we declare 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.)
  15. If you could talk to anyone throughout history, who would it be and what would you talk about? (Tom D.)
  16. If you could change one requirement for Eagle, what would it be? (Scott W.)
  17. 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.)
  18. What is something you found in Scouting that you can improve upon? (Andrew R.)
  19. What is the moment you knew you wanted to earn Eagle? (Brandy P.)
  20. 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.)
  21. With so many other activities competing for a young man’s interest or attention and the fact that some young people see Scouting as “uncool,” have you ever thought about quitting? And if so, what made you stick with it? (Mark D.)
  22. Did you ever have a Scout refuse to comply with a request to perform one of his duties? How did (or would) you react? (Bret F.)
  23. What outdoor experience have you had that you wish every Scout could have? (Bret F.)
  24. If you are awarded the Rank of Eagle, the charge requires you to give back more than Scouting has given to you. What are your Scouting plans from here and how will you fulfill this charge? (Bret F.)
  25. What did you learn about leadership from the Eagle Scout Service Project? (Jeffrey D.)
  26. How do you exemplify Scout spirit in you daily life? (Eric N.)
  27. What was your “good turn” today? (cwolfpack3)
  28. What is the difference between getting Eagle and being Eagle? (Robin L.)
  29. The first eight words in the Scout Oath are “On my honor I will do my best.” What does honor mean to you? (Ed M.)
  30. What question were you worried we would ask you? (Bruce)
  31. Where do you see yourself with Scouting in the next five years? (L.W.S.)
  32. You’re about to become a marked man for the rest of your life. What do you think that means? Are you prepared for it? (Charles F.)
  33. One day you may have a son of your own. When he reaches the age to join, what will you tell him about Scouting? (Amy)
  34. Who are harder to lead, youth or adults? (Amy)
  35. Out of the merit badges that you earned, which one gave you information that will be most helpful to you later in your life, and why? (Amy)
  36. Which of the merit badges that you have earned along the trail to Eagle has the most meaning to you and why? (Jeff M.)
  37. If you had to describe your entire Scouting experience with just one word, what word would you choose? Why? (Alex V.)
  38. When is the last time you went camping with your troop? (Tom B.)
  39. I do a last question. The last question of the Eagle Board of Review is a question asked by the prior candidate. I read the question which I have saved on my phone, and then once the question is answered, I ask the candidate what question he wants to ask the next candidate who sits in that seat. (Andrew C.)
  40. What is the significance of this date in Scouting history? (Blank stare occurs … so you answer for him) It’s your Eagle Rank date. Congrats! (Matt C.)

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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  1. I believe the question that I recall most distictly was the very last questions asked of me: “Do you feel you are worth of being an Eagle Scout?”

    • My last question was simular , it was ” why should you be awarded this rank today?, what have you done in history to earn this rank that will live with you, or haunt you for the rest of your life” the way they put it scared the crap out of me

      • I answered that question this way: Gentlemen. I know, deep in my heart, with one hundred percent certainty, that I firmly believe I have become an Eagle Scout this evening, whether you chose to formally pass me tonight or not. I will leave this board of review with my head held high with confidence in feeling like am an Eagle Scout. If you all choose not to approve me, I will keep returning until I am passed or I become too old. The adults then asked me to leave the room. Ninety three minutes later, which I thought was an excessive amount of time to be kept waiting, I was told I had passed.

    • I’ve been involved with Scouting spanning over sixty years (Eagle Scout/ Silver Beaver) and in semi-retirement, serve as chairman of the Eagle Scout boards. Occasionally, I ask “Which of the Scout laws is the most important?” The answer: TRUSTWORTHY. There is a reason it’s in the number one position. Frankly, without that, the rest don’t matter. Interesting to note, almost all Scouts get it right the first time. If they guess REVERENT or something else, I simply ask them to guess again. Virtually all get it right.

      • As a teacher, I cannot disagree with this question more thoroughly. The question should not be, “What do you think I think is the most important part of the Scout Law?” Rather, it should be, “What do you think is the most important part of the Scout Law? Tell me why.” Board of Review questions are not meant to set the boys up for failure; they are meant to lead a discussion of learning and growth.

      • In every Board of Review I am privileged to sit upon, I always ask what did you teach to a younger scout that helped them advance. A Board of Review has no CORRECT or INCORRECT answers, really. The scout’s attitude says it all. Putting them through a test of what they should already know is ridiculous and unnecessary. Please read The Guide to Advancement and stop acting as a judge.

      • “Virtually all get it right.” Despite your service and experience, you lack the authority to state as fact, not opinion, that any is more important that the other. It is a question worth asking, but it is not one in which you can say any of the 12 is a wrong answer.

      • In my troop, we have this thing where if someone asks what the most important is, the correct answer is IS. without IS, the scout has nothing. He can talk all he wants but if he can’t show it, what good is it. Just our troops outlook on that question

    • I ask a similar question when I sit on these. I ask “There are 12 points to the scout law, do you think that there is one that should be removed or maybe a new one added?” It is really interesting to see the candidate think through the 12 points and some have had interesting suggestions as to adding another and only one has ever commented that one might need to be replaced.

      • I think that asking “which one could be removed?” is a bad idea. I have been in a BoR where this was asked, and the Scout responded with “Reverent–because we don’t need God.” Because of this answer, two board members voted to turn the young man down for Eagle rank. I believe it was appealed up to National, and turned down there as well. Bad question!

        • I disagree. If the Eagle candidate said that, he should have failed the Board of Review. He cannot repeat the Scout Oath and Law (and mean what he says) and then answer the question in that way.

  2. I like nearly all of them except number 14. Boards of Review do not “make” Eagle Scouts. Any adult that asks an Eagle candidate that question should not be on the board as they do not understand the that a scout EARNS the rank through his accomplishments only.

    • I agree, Andy. That is equivalent to a teacher asking a student, “Why should I give you an A?” Teachers don’t give A’s, students earn them.

      • We warn our Scouts about this. Our District guy usually tells them, “We are not going to be able to give you your Eagle tonight.” The proper response is,” Of course not. No one can give it to me. I earned it.”

        • Kevin, you ruin the fun that way. We’ll have to come up with so other challenges to their thinking.

    • Lone Scouting is a program, not a person. Unless his buddy was Tonto. Then his first name was…Ke-mo sah-bee, which means “trusty Scout.” But in the original show, the Lone Ranger didn’t have a 1st name… he was simply Ranger Reid.

  3. With all the many other activities competing for a young man’s interest or attention & the fact that so many young people see Scouting as “uncool”; have you ever thought about quiting? And if so, what made you stick with it?

      • Steve,

        An Eagle Scout should know the history about how Scouting came to America. Especially when the Do A Good Turn Daily is the reason we even have Scouting, which the slogan has everything to do with becoming and Eagle Scout.

        • I agree that a Scout should know the history. I think this should be a lower rank requirement such as 1st or 2nd Class. However, even though that chance meeting in London was the basis for starting Scouting, I think it would have eventually made it to America just as it has made it to dozens of other countries.

  4. I sit on Eagle boards fairly regularly, and am always looking for better questions. There are certainly some good ones here, but would like to add these as food for thought. Leadership – “Did you ever have a Scout refuse to comply with a request to perform one of his duetes? How did (or would) you react?”; Outdoors – “What outdoor experience have you had that you wish every Scout could have?”; Future – “If you are awarded the Rank of Eagle, the charge requires you to give back more than Scouting has given to you. What are your Scouting plans from here and how will you fulfill this charge?”

  5. I find it rather astonishing that none of the 20 questions above address leadership, which is a key element in the advancement requirements for Eagle Scout. The first questions I ask at an Eagle Scout Board of Review come straight out of the ESSP workbook Project Report (pg 19): “What did you learn about leadership from the Eagle Scout Service Project?”; “What was the most difficult thing about being the leader?”. I also ask, “What was the most difficult obstacle you had to overcome and how did you resolve it?”.

  6. I think there is too much focus on leadership in the scouts. Too many chiefs, not enough indians. We should spend more time on teaching good followership instead of leadership. A good team is composed of people who listen to each other, work together, and compromise. Teamwork does not happen when one is achievement hungry and needs to be in charge of everything they do.

    Please STOP teaching leadership.

    • I think this is wrong. Leadership can be fellowship. Leadership is not only being a chief, it’s also knowing when to be an indian. Leadership is knowing when to ask for help, knowing when to step in, how to push and prod. It’s not about being in charge. Scouts does not teach people how to be in charge.

      • Earning the Eagle Scout rank has Everything to do with leadership. Having all those boys in a room you will see who automatically can take charge and volunteer to lead. Others will always follow those who can teach and lead. All of those Board of Reviews you had to do had a specific meaning behind them, if you did not get that then you should not be where you are today.

      • I also believe this is a skewed idea of leadership. Leadership d pies not always mean being “The Boss.” Leadership to me means knowing how to work as a team. It means helping others find their own strengths and developing their own leadership skills. Any project goes smoothly when there is more than one person with leadership skills. There may be one person in charge…but imagine this as an Eagle Scout Project situation…The Eagle candidate has split his crew into several small teams, each with a specific task. These tasks all need to come together in perfect timing. If in each of those smaller crews, the scouts with the most skill & knowledge are helping the younger scouts learn how to measure a board, stain a bench etc. Then this has been a very successful project. The Eagle candidate is the project supervisor, he has hand picked qualified crew chiefs and the candidate is making sure all goes well & when a hitch arises he is free to deal with it..

        And the younger less skilled scouts are learning skills and seeing quality leadership.at work.
        We don’t all have to be the boss. But we all need leadership skilks.

      • A good leader is not always the “chief.” My son is an Eagle Scout. He understood when he achieved it that it is now and forever. He never was the SPL. He is a “sit back and watch” kind of person. Even though he didn’t always think so, our younger scouts did look up to him. They knew he had knowledge that they wanted him to share. He never barked out orders yet very effectively led them by both example and instruction. Now at age 26 he is an ASM and gives back. He has a very clear understanding of the methods of Scouting and is young enough that his example is meaningful to the younger Scouts. Being a good leader doesn’t mean you have to be at the “top.”

    • Someone needs to be in charge. If there are “too many chiefs” the SPL needs to change that. If the SPL cannot do it on their own, the SM needs to give him some sage advice to do so. Followership is part of leadership. Leadership can be broken down into 16 dimensions: (1) Mental (2) Physical (3) Conceptual (4) Interpersonal (5) Emotional (6) Technical (7) Tactical (overall knowledge for a Scout) (8) Communicating (9) Decision Making (10) Motivating (11) Planning/Preparing (12) Executing (13) Assessing (14) Developing (15) Building, & (16) Learning. A good Troop would be helping all their Scouts to do this at various levels depending on their age, rank, & position in the Troop. Without leadership, it would be anarchy.

    • Before earning his Eagle, my son went to multiple BSA Leadership training programs. He had been leader of his patrol and was eventually elected as SPL. As SPL he learned that being the leader was not for him. It was a good lesson.

      Scouts taugh him leadership and he has effectively lead using those skills. More importantly, he knows how to FOLLOW. He now, is an invaluable member of the teams he is on outside of scouting. The reason, he knows how to lead and therfore, knows how to follow.

      Bottom line. To teach good “followership” you teach good “leadership”.

    • Leadership… I see you missed some things as you became an Eagle Scout. So let me upgrade you a little.

      1. Leadership is not about being in charge and barking orders. It is about understanding those whom you lead. A Scout is Obedient and Courteous.

      2. Leadership is about following because we all have someone we have to follow. Being able to follow is the first quality of a good leader and a Scout is Loyal.

      3. Leadership is responsibility. When you are a leader you are responsible for all those who follow you and you are responsible to those in which you follow. A Scout is Helpful.

      4. Leadership is about trust. If those that don’t follow you don’t trust you nothing will ever happen. A Scout is Trustworthy.

      5. Leadership is about sacrifice and being loyal to others. A good leader is a servant to his followers and he puts them before himself. A Scout is Loyal, Friendly, and Kind.

      6. Leadership must know their people in which they lead. You must play to their strengths, develop their weaknesses, and limit diversity. Doing this makes the team perform to it’s maximum potential. But this isn’t easy, someone has to be in charge, assess the group, help them grow. A Scout is Brave.

      Scouting is about leadership but only after you the indivdiual is willing to work on your followership as you call it. The individual has to be willing to follow the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, and others who are in charge.

      I would be willing to bet that if you really stood back, looked in the mirror, the cause of your comment with the leadership taught begins with the person you are staring at. Ask him did he follow first and display this behavior so that others could see that it was ok to follow those in charge? Maybe by doing so you would have learned the final bit of leadership: Leaders lead through example. They follow when necessary, lead with understanding that what they do impacts others. Not all are up on stage leading from a place on high, most are leading through their daily example of following.


    • If you take NYLT or Wood Badge, you will learn about Servant Leadership. That’s the type of leadership that BSA is trying to teach. It has nothing to do with “needs to be in charge of everything”. That is about 180 from Servant Leadership.

      • “Leadership is not about being in charge and barking orders.” — This is so true. Unfortunately, there are way too many adults that sign up mainly for their “Power Trip”.

    • Really? You SHOULD have learned that being a good leader means knowing when to step back and support the program. A good leader teaches a skill and once the pupil understands he steps back and lets THEM lead. All the while giving support. I don’t know how you earned Eagle without learning that. If you don’t want to learn leadership, stay in Cub Scouts.

    • I strongly disagree. People look to Eagle Scouts to lead them. Grooming a young mans leadership skills is a gift he will be greatful for. I know I am.

    • I would not say “Stop teaching leadership.” But what I do teach the Scouts is that you wont be in a position to give orders if you don’t learn to follow them first.

    • I couldn’t disagree with your comment more. Learning the skills and tools of leadership, and being afforded the environment to practice those skills is one of the key facets that sets the Scouting program apart from any other youth program. You can learn to be part of a team in marching band or on the wrestling team, but that does not teach a boy leadership. If taught well and and in with the best intent, a young person will learn that in order to practice leadership of others, one must first learn to lead himself. If taught well, a young person will learn leadership thru the methods of servant leadership, and that being asked to lead by one’s peers is not only a great honor, but also a great challenge (I stop short of saying burden).

      In all, the Scouting program is the one place in our society where we can help to prepare our next generation to be the strong, values centered responsible, ethical, moral servant leaders of the future; because in a few years we will be turning the leadership of our Country over to them. And as I share with every leader whom I encounter, every young person that I work with, and every volunteer to whom I have the privilege of providing training, my personal three word philosophy of leadership:

      “Attitude Reflects Leadership”
      Jeff Mc Houl ACC Cradle of Liberty Council

    • Really? I have to assume this is joke just on the basis of the low percentage of boys that earn Eagle and learn advanced leadership. There are always Chiefs and good ones are what we strive to create. Given the low percentage of the population that are Scouts and the even lower percentage that become Eagles, I think we need to teach more leadership not less. Afterall, that is the point of the program isn’t it? The goal of Boy Scouts is not teaching outdoor skills, that is simply the method we use to teach leadership.

    • 1. Leadership is NOT being “achievement hungry and needing to be in charge of everything they do.” A requirement for Eagle is to “…demonstrate leadership of others…”
      2. Being a good follower or good team player as the situation requires is leadership, setting a good example/ role model for others, and working effectively toward group goals. Good followership is an important part of good leadership.
      3. “Servant leadership” is something we need to teach (and demonstrate by example) more, not less, in Scouting.

    • Leadership does not always mean you’re the one in control. You can be on a trip with another scout in the leadership role, and still be a leader to others by your actions, how you listed to the scout in charge, how you interact with others and handle yourself. Yes, teach leadership and a big part of leadership is being able to be a good follower.

  7. These are great questions but my favorite is: If the Board decided tonight that you weren’t ready for Eagle, what would you do? This one really shows the Board AND the Scout how important achieving Eagle is to him. Just watch!

    • I think such a tactic is akin to your boss calling you in to discuss an anticipated promotion/raise, and then him/her asking “How would you feel if I didn’t promote you/give you the raise you’re expecting?” That’s not insightful or introspection-generating, it’s just plain cruel.

    • I agree with Carrie. Anyone can handle a situation that goes according to plan. The true test of character is how you handle it when things go wrong.

    • First of all, for him to answer this, he would need to know WHY the board felt he was not ready for Eagle. This is a very OPEN ENDED question and in my opinion, Should not be asked. If you boss denies you that raise or promotion, they tell you why.

  8. I usually ask something about Scout spirit, such as, “How do you exemplify Scout spirit in you daily life?”, or, “How are Scout spirit and integrity related?”

    • Maybe because the 12th point of the Scout Law is to be reverent, but I agree it probably was not a good question.

      • You can be reverent without scripture (which, by definition refers to the bible). There are many other faiths out there.

  9. I just got back from sitting on an Eagle Board. One of the most important things to me is that the boy understands what characteristics all Eagle Scouts share and that society has come to expect of Eagle Scouts. They must recognize that they represent all of Eagle Scouts.

  10. Being a Eagle Scout I think to much is drilled into the scout to have a big and over the top project. We have forgotten that the main purpose of the project is to show leadership. The board is to make sure the scout did all the planning and see if he had any problems and how he over came them. We should just be glad that we helped a young adult reach the goal of being a Eagle Scout.

  11. River Trails District apparently asks them to ‘report’ and provide a scout salute to the board as if they are in the military and then perform a class A inspection. What are your thoughts?

    • Sounds like someone is adding to the requirements, which is not allowed. They Scout is suppose to be in his Field (Class A) uniform to the full extent that he has one. I just finished reading the Guide to Advancement last weekend & did not see anything in it about “reporting” to the BOR.

    • Well, the uniform is one of the Methods of Scouting (the tools we use), and is not a measure of the results of those methods.

      As EBOR chair, I went to get our candidate. As is somewhat typical, he seemed a bit nervous. As we walked to the conference room, I noticed his uniform with no rank patch! Well, we had a good laugh about the need for him to start over again as a Tenderfoot. And he relaxed.

      Within a few minutes, it was quite clear that the young man before us was truely an Eagle Scout. About an hour later it was oh so clear that while he may have been a bit lax in one of the 8 methods of Scouting, he clearly was another fine example of the results of the application of those methods over time. He and the board could have talked all night about Scouting, life, and adventures. What a fabulous Scout.

  12. My favorite question…what is the significance of this date in Scouting History? Blank stare occurs…I answer for him…It’s your Eagle Rank Date…congrats

    • I hear this question over and over and I wonder each time why? It’s like asking which one of the 10 commandments would you remove? Not at all relavant.

  13. I have recently been asked to conduct Eagle Board of Reviews the comments and questions have given me thoughts to use thank you one and all.

  14. With my son only about a year away from earning Eagle, it is nice to know the kind of questions that get asked in an Eagle BOR. I am a member of our Troop BOR and we have a group of questions we normally ask the Scouts. It would be great to include a couple of these questions to get them thinking about their Scouting experience along the way…

  15. That first question is the most important. What will you give back? It is so disappointing to see kids get their Eagle and then disappear – leaving all the younger scouts behind to find their own way.

    • I agree with this. In our troop over the last 3 years, we have had 8 boys earn the rank of Eagle. Of those 8, only 2 have had Eagle Court of Honors (our troop leaves it up to the boys if they want one) and only 2 are still active in Scouting. You have heard the term “Sash and Dash”, now here we have the term “Eagle and Fly Away”, never giving back to Scouting once they earn it.

      • We use integrated patrols (I’m ASM, so I take no position on Stratified vs. Integrated patrols) – but during that period at the beginning when we’re trying to teach Webelos how to be Boy Scouts (that magic bridge never works) – I would KILL for a team of Eagles to come back and be hands-on Troop Guides to the new guys.

      • An integrated patrol is one where there are boy of all ages. Not segregated by age, grade, or experience level in Boy Scouts.

  16. I think if you changed the word “make” to “declare” in question #14, it’d be perfect. It allows the Scout free rein to sum up what he understands “Eagle Scout” to mean, how he thinks he embodies those qualities and what he might do with those qualities (hopefully to the betterment of his Troop, family, community and beyond) in the future.

    One I ask to get them to realize what they have accomplished is, “Describe what you were like as a first-year Scout.” and then “How have you changed since then as a result of your Scouting journey?” The answer to the first questions is usually pretty funny, and the answer to the second is sometimes very emotional for the Scout as they realize just how much they’ve changed.

  17. I like the discussion that has followed this post. As an Eagle myself I am enjoying watching my sons go through Scouts. One of the good changes I have noticed is a push is for the review to be not only of the Scout but also the Scouting program. At the point of an Eagle BOR not only should the Scout be asked what he feels would benefit not only his troop’s program but also the entire program of Scouting. What better view than that of those most affected?

  18. Of the 12 points of the Scout Law, which one best describes you and why? Which one least describes you and why? (We have asked this at every BOR since I have been a part of my Troop)

  19. I always ask what “Good Turn” they did yesterday. Amazingly this “meant as a simple question” has been a real stumper as the candidate trys to read more into it than was intended (I guess).

  20. The question my husband always asks “Tell me what is the difference between getting Eagle and being Eagle.”

  21. I always ask: Do deserve to be an Eagle Scout? The answer I look for is something like: No one deserves to be an Eagle Scout, you must earn it.

  22. I see you wear the Lodge flap. How many lodge activities have you attended in the past year. How about since you completed your Ordeal weekend?

    • Obviously, with the thumbs down, many people don’t like that question. I think that’s a valid question. If someone is going to wear the flap, they are supposed to have paid their dues (in other words, take it off if you don’t). Otherwise, it’s a bit like being an Eagle who doesn’t give back.

      If someone is not wearing the Lodge flap, it’s not an issue. But if he is, it is a valid question.

  23. The troop I was with I sat in on most of the BOR, so when a young man is going for his eagle I only have 1 or 2 questions for him. I always ask him why he wants to be an Eagle scout and I may ask him what it means to him to become an Eagle scout.

  24. The first words of the Scout Oath are: “On my honor…” I usually ask them what the word “honor” means to them.

    • I ask them to say the first part of the Scout Oath: “On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and country.” Then I ask “What does ‘honor’ mean? What does ‘duty’ mean? What is your duty to God? What is your duty to country?”

      I ask these questions when I do Scoutmaster conferences, too – at EVERY LEVEL. Obviously I don’t expect the same sophistication of answer from a Tenderfoot as I do from an Eagle – but even the Eagle candidates can get stuck ….

  25. I like to ask which facet of the Oath is most important: Duty to Self, God, or Country.

    Best answer I’ve received was from an LDS scout named Aaron. He said he couldn’t separate Duty to God and to Country because he saw too many kids in high school who had no idea what either of those meant and that, as an Eagle, he could and should serve as an example to them.

  26. The Scout oath is made up of 3 parts, Duty to God and country, Duty to others and Duty to self. You had to earn 21 merit badges to get to this board and 12 of the badges are required. Pick 3 of those required merit badges and tell me how you think they relate to any of the duties described in the Scout Oath.

  27. I asked a scout what he actually thought of his Eagle project. His response was that, after it was completed, he wished he’d done so much more because it felt insufficient, listing numerous ways to make it better.

  28. I thought you could not ask question 12. That is testing the scout.

    The Question I like the best is “what question were you worried we would ask you?”

    • In our Troop, our Scouts star all BORs by reciting the Boy Scout Oath & Law. I wouldn’t have the Scout stand & recite them again, but could ask what each means to them. When my Webelos earned their Arrow of Light a year ago, each Scout had to define what each of the 12 points mean to them. It would be interesting to see how their responses changed over the years, but since 12 of the 13 went to other Troops & I can’t sit in on my son’s BORs, I will never know.

    • I am involved with two charters. One Troop as an ASM and its Pack as Cubmaster. The other, I am the COR for the Troop and Pack. My son is in the Troop where I am the COR. Both troops start their meetings with the Scout Oath and Law. In the Troop where I am the COR, my son’s Troop, the Scoutmaster does the Scoutmaster’s minute on one point per meeting, giving either personal experience or a story with examples of that night’s point. When he finishes the 12 he starts over from Trustworthy.

      There is no need to go over #12 in the Eagle BOR. I’ve never asked it and never will. It is demeaning, please remember most Eagle candiates are high schoolers, but asking #12 is like treating them like elemenatry children. Additionally, as an Eagle candidate, he is Life Scout, which has leadership requirements as well as Star; they are supposed to teach the younger new scouts this (actually First Class scouts are suppose to this if the new boys didn’t go through Webelos). How could they possibly teach it if they don’t know it. You’re talking about years of going over this. That is why it is demeaning.

      I prefer examples of living by the Scout Oath and Law. For the past 40 years, since I was a Scout with Scout “rank” through Eagle (we had to earn 24 merit badges at that time), through youth and adult leadership, I’ve always lived all aspects of my life guided by the Scout Oath and Law. I know of my own peronal experiences and as an Eagle (remember this is about Eagle BORs not just “regular” rank advancement BORs of Life and below) candidate he should be able to give his personal experience living the Oath and Law, not what they mean.

      Webelos go over this with the Den Chiefs because knowing each point and what it means is a requirement to earn the Scout badge. I also believe it should not exist on this list. You’ve got to remember the original title is “20 Quesitons to as at you next Eagle Board of Review”. Keep it Eagle oriented. If you don’t get it, you should not sit on an Eagle Board.

  29. I ask the candidate; What is an Eagle Scout and why do you want to be one? or What is it about Scouting that kept you and what would you tell younger boys about scouting to get them interested in being a scout?

  30. I do a last question. The last question of the Eagle Board of Review is a question asked by the prior candidate. I read the question which I have saved on my phone and then once the question is answered, I ask the candidate what question he wants to ask the next candidate who sits in that seat.

  31. I am an Eagle Scout (earned in 1978). Sorry, I don’t remember my Eagle Board of Review (other interviews over the years are more memorable, particularly those in another language.)

    Through the years as Eagles before me and after me, for those not close to aging out sometimes they just leave. One of my fellow Eagle’s father said he could get his Eagle (he wouldn’t sign the forms) if he promises to give back the same amount of years as you got our of scouting. That was a good thing to hear. I took 4 years to get my Eagle. I gave back 9 and now am giving back again for the past 3 years (since my son has joined Cubs and is now a Boy Scout) and will continue on as long as I am not in the way.

    So at the Eagle Board of Review that I attend, I always ask the candidate, “If you get your Eagle, what are you going to do for scouting after that?” I want to know life after Eagle. If they’re close to college age, I’ll sometimes ask what their major will be and what they hope to do when they graduate. I’ll take one of the references and ask about that.

    • In general, I think it unfair to ask a 16,17 year old boy “how” you are going to do anything, much less “give back the same amount of years.” Better to ask, “can you commit that in the future you WILL give back the same number of years you put in?” The boy knows little of what his future may bring. Why ask him to make something up that he thinks you want to hear?

      • Part of being a Boy Scout is giving back. If at 16 or 17, that Scout doesn’t understand giving back to his community, his Troop and his fellow Scouts he shouldn’t be at an Eagle BOR.

        And if an Eagle Scout Candidate can’t answer “How” they are going to do something then they shouldn’t be an Eagle Scout. How did they manage an Eagle Scout Project if they can’t answer ‘How’ are you going to do that? How will you plant that tree, how will you build those steps?

        If they can’t answer that question, then HOW did they get to that point?

  32. When I chair Eagle Boards, just before we excuse the Scout to begin deliberations, I describe the process that the Board will follow, the fact that the vote must be unanimous, and then I ask #14. I have gotten a multitude of answers, including, “I did my best to meet the requirements”.

  33. I don’t remember much of my BOR mine was in 1986. I do remember having a dual review. It was the other Eagle candidates review and I was allowed to attend because the review board lost my paperwork 2 times.

      • Camping is arguably the single most important part of scouting- it provides the environment for boys to lead, one where there are consequences for failure (e.g. forget to pack dinner and you go hungry, fail to pitch your tent and you could get cold and wet)- I ask it because it is also the best barometer for how active the young man has been in his troop- especially as he has become more senior– if he is still camping with his troop, then he is probably mentoring young scouts and still giving back to his troop as the system is supposed to work–

        • Yes, Tom is correct, without camping you have no means to your aims. Camping is what the entire program is created around and without it you cannot apply the program as it was designed. Those who see no reason for camping do not understand the method of teaching leadership that we use. Kids who do not camp in a patrol setting are not learning what we are trying to teach.

  34. When there is a delay between attaining Life and Eagle, I ask them why and follow up with a question asking them if they would have changed how they did that (typically High School in various flavors of responses is the why).

    I also say something along the lines of (as my last question): ” ‘Johnny’, you are likely about to enter a rather exclusive group. You will become a marked man for the rest of your life. What do you think that means? Are you prepared for it?

    I try to make the point that attaining Eagle is not the end. It’s the beginning.

  35. A Scout promises under oath to do his duty to God. What is your duty to God and how do you fulfill this important promise?

  36. There was one lady that often sat on boards with me that would ask, “Lord Baden-Powell said that ‘Scouting is a Game with a Purpose’. What do you think the Purpose was and thinking back over your Scouting career, how do you think you played in the Game?” This was a question that took many by surprise and prompted some thought and reflection.

  37. As an eagle advisor in my district as they leave the room m for deliberation I have them think of the saying once an eagle always an eagle and have them tell me what it means to them. When they return and before I sign the papers I impress apon them the seriousness of achieving such a high honor.

  38. I ask the scout what has he done since his last Board of Review to make himself a better Scout and follow that with what can he do between now and the next board (palms) to be a better Scout.

  39. My favorite: Can you think of a situation where the Scout Law conflicts with itself? If they cannot I give them the following scenario. You and your best friend are on a high school team together. The team is headed to she state championship game. Your friend is the outstanding player on the team and the team would have no chance of winning without him.
    You have just learned that he cheated on an exam to maintain his academic eligibility. What points of the Scout Law come into play (trustworthy and loyal)? How do they conflict with each other in this situation and how would you handle the situation?

    I have heard scouts flip flop 5 or 6 times while they reason out their response but I’ve only heard one not come to the right (in my opinion) conclusion.

    • I think this is an excellent question. It relates to the mission statement of scouting which is “…to prepare young people to make moral and ethical decisions…” It is good to see if the candidate has begun to make those character connections. Has scouting achieved its mission with this young man?

  40. I earned my Eagle in 2001. 13 years later, the only question I remember is the one I now always ask: If you had to describe your entire scouting experience with just one word, what word would you choose? Why? I love seeing what the candidates say as they think about nearly a decade’s worth of growth, experience, learning, and leadership!

  41. A couple of questions I like to ask are:
    What point of the Scout Law is hardest for you to live up to…and why?
    How do you do your duty as a citizen (community, nation or world…their choice)?
    Out of the merit badges that you earned, which one gave you information that will be most helpful to you later in your life…and why?
    One day you may have a son of your own. When he reaches the age to join, what will you tell him about scouting?
    And of course lots of leadership questions including my favorite….Who are harder to lead, youth or adults?

    • That last question is a great one. I just finished my Eagle Project, turning in paper work later today, and I would definitely answer ‘adults’.

      • Great

        You’re striving to earn the Eagle Rank, and you decide to Google possible questions you may get at your E-BoR!

        And what point of the Scout Law supports this behavior?
        Not Trustworthy. Not Courteous. Not Brave.
        Yes, Helpful to yourself. Yes, Thrifty on your need to use your own gray matter.

        But what can we expect when Scouters have these discussions on the open Internet?

      • Anyone reading these discussions could only benefit. The truth of this site will sink in and help anyone be a better person. This information and these q/a’s are a great mental exercise So what if a Eagle candidate gets savy to the questions that may be asked – can’t you have enough insight to tell if his answers is what he really believes and lives by. Half of these questions are designed to be trick questions and cause confusion. Really trustworthy on the board? Character, leadership and completion of years hard work is what we should be looking for and if that scout comes here, he should learn these values is what he has lived by – nothing new. WHO CARES ABOUT THE SECRECY OF STUMP QUESTIONS. Is this another requirement to learn the world is full of magicians tricking us with mental acrobatics to our self demise?

  42. I would hope B of R members remember that the committee is a board of review not an adversarial inquisition. Nor is it a “stress interview”. Some of the above questions ; specifically #10, 12. 13, and 14 are in my opinion inappropriate and are indicative of someones ego and not the young man. In other words people asking questions because they can!

  43. The two questions that I ask at every level of advancement, and especially at an Eagle Board of Review:

    Which of the merit badges that you have earned along the trail to Eagle has the most meaning to you and why?

    Of the Twelve Points of the Scout Law, which one has the most meaning to you at this time of your life and why?

    The responses that I have received to those two questions always surprise me and the other members of the board, and have stimulated the most conversation post board.

    Jeff Mc Houl Cradle of Liberty Council

    “Attitude Reflects Leadership”

  44. Once you turn 18 what is one requirement and one obligation you have as a Citizen of the United States? For the requirement how many days do you have to complete it?
    I have sat on many Eagle Boards and I can honestly say less than 1/3 know the answer, requirement – register for selective service (draft) – 30 days to complete paperwork and turn in.
    obligation – register to vote

    We also follow it up by asking them why we don’t have a draft anymore.

  45. Back in the day, our BOR’s lasted 6 hours or more. Only one question stuck with me. “What is your most precious commodity?” This was asked of me by the doctor who had delivered me and who was deeply involved in Scouting and had been on many a BOR. As it happened I answered the question correctly right off — “time.”

  46. There are two questions that I think are critical to the Eagle board 1. What would you do different if you were doing it again? and 2. What did not go as planned and how did you deal with it? If a boy tells me that everything went as planned and that he would not do anything different I have to look at the project carefully but most of the time those answers come with weak projects or boys who did not do it themselves. Life has a way of messing with you and in a good project the variables will come back and bite you. I am not saying this always happens but it sure seems to happen most of the time in life. There is always some detail that you have to adjust in any good project. My oldest son had several companies offer concrete but when it came time it was a holiday weekend and they were all closed for 4 days (but he was setting up the delivery a week out so it wasn’t a deal breaker), my second son was creating a distribution list for donated items for the homeless/in need and ended up taking a group of boys to several local homeless/in need events and working directly with them. Both of these were changes from a great plan and showed the ability to adapt and overcome what, at the time, seemed insurmountable hurdles. I think their experiences were much better for the changes that jumped in. Too many boys come to boards and can’t do a good job of explaining themselves and do a worse job understanding and explaining their projects.

  47. An Eagle Board of Review is not a test. It is a review. Members of the board meet to review the the accomplishments leading up to this point in time. He has already made the grade.
    The Board is there to meet the boy, learn a little about him, take pride in his dedication and motivate him to continue his efforts to live the Scout Oath and Law, and to acknowledge the culmination of his efforts.

    • So you’re “rubber stamping” every scout who comes to an Eagle BoR? That’s an injustice to those of us who became Eagles, not just completed the requirements, AND the scout who came to be reviewed! To review is to look back and see what was done and if there are any ways it could have been done better. BoR questions should provoke thought, help assess program success, and help the scout understand what he should have learned along the trail.

      • I agree, a review is not a retest of Scout skills, it is s a review of who and what the boy has become not a celebration of what he has learned. A review needs to be filled with tough questions about what he has done and where he is going and to make sure he understands the life commitment he is making. It should not be an automatic pass and there should be some who fail because they are not prepared or because they are not mature enough to both handle and comprehend the future that should be expected of them. When I hear a boy say he is quitting Scouts as soon as he gets his Eagle I know he is not ready for Eagle and should not pass the Scoutmaster on Scout Spirit alone but if he does the review should catch that he is not ready.

  48. Do you think the current standard of American Heart CPR should be followed in the BSA?

    If so, they why are they not or the author of this blog responding to me?

    • Face it, the fact that the populist notion is that scouting is uncool is true. At least to those not familiar with scouting. I think the questions is a balance of pride, humility and the ability to resist bullies with a strong sense of self worth. Essentially, how strong of a character does the candidate have. BORs are about character, maturity level and understanding of the program.

  49. I always ask these 2 questions, along with many others. What is our Troop doing right, and what is our Troop doing wrong. Not really related to the Eagle Scout rank. The Scouts in our Troop who have gone for Eagle have been around the most, and have a better perspective on what we are doing. I have gotten some interesting answers to these questions.

  50. I am an Eagle Scout and a Sea Scout Quartermaster. I’ve gone through this twice. I also serve on Eagle Boards occasionally. What I tell Eagle and QM candidates is to be prepared to explain in their own words each point of the Scout Oath and Law. One of the questions I was asked on my Eagle BOR was to do just that.

    I also agree that asking about a candidates Scouting plans is acceptable. On one board I was on, a district person asked what a candidates plans in Scouting were. He was already involved in a Venture Crew. He said he intended to stay in both programs. The district person commented he was always disappointed when a Scout transitioned to a Venture Crew, totally leaving the Troop behind. I held my tongue but thought the comment was out of line. Scouting is a series of age-appropriate programs for our youth. We don’t expect a 12-year-old to stay in a Cub Pack. So we should be supportive and encouraging of a Scout who makes the next transition to Venturing or Sea Scouts. Not critical.

    The most un-nerving comment I received in a BOR was for Life. I said was determined to finish Eagle within the next 6-8 months during the board. The Committee Chairman said, “We would like to see you come back in 6 to eight months… (After about 30 seconds while my the bottom of my stomach was falling out) … for Eagle.

  51. My go to question at an Eagle Scout Board of Review is “What does Honor mean to you?”
    There is no right or wrong answer, but the question usually gets the Scout thinking and then speaking about how he really feels. That’s are important part of a BOR.

  52. My opening question at an Eagle board of review is “What went wrong with your project?” Have yet to find a scout that did not have a problem.
    “What did you do to fix that problem? There is rarely a hesitation in answering the question.

  53. As a BOR Chairman I ask each Eagle Scout candidate to give their project a letter grade. The answers will surprise you.

  54. I have two questions I ask at almost every board I set on… the first one is
    Every scout has that moment when they have done something he is very proud of. what is yours?
    and the other is you have lots of knowledge here on your board what would you like to ask us?

  55. I have several that I ask. What are the 3 parts to the Scout Oath? If you could take away one of the Scout Laws and replace it, What would you take away and what would you add and Why? Which is the most important of the 3 parts of the Oath to you? Why should I let you become my fellow Eagle? None of these necessarily have a right or wrong answer but it sure does make them think.


  57. Now, that it appears you have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, what will you do in your life to carry on the the meaning of this honor and your achievement?

  58. I may be blind but I did not see “duty to God.” How on God’s blue-green Earth can anyone be considered for Eagle or any other rank if we do not ask, how do you fulfill your duty to God?

    and a general comment.

    Eagle Scout is more than just checking off boxes on the too do list. Just because a young man has completed the requirements does not mean he is entitled to be an Eagle Scout. The BoR process is in place for a reason. No the BoR’s aren’t an inquisition but these young men need to be asked meaningful, challenging, and difficult questions. Eagle BoR’s should NEVER be a rubber stamp. While we must abide by the rules set forth in the 2015 Guide to Advancement we must also make sure these young men are worthy.

  59. In regards to the Scout Oath: (1) What, if any, is the significance of the Scout Oath’s beginning phrase “On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God?” (2) This oath assumes there is a god, is this offensive to you? (3) What sort of duty to a God do you have personally? (4) Again, the Oath ends with “To keep myself…morally straight” How is this possible during times when morals change and even our highest courts decree that morals change? (5) For there to be a ‘morally straight’ path to keep yourself on then there must be some objective morals, what are your thoughts?

    In regards to the Scout Law: “A Scout is…reverent.” (1) What does this imply? (2) Is a false reverence possible? That is to say a reverence toward a false God. (3) What, if any, is the impetus and importance of reverence toward a God?

  60. In a world that continues to stray farther and farther away from the moral compass on which Scouting was founded, how can a young man such as yourself hope to stand up to the ever-growing popular viewpoints of society and live in the world but not be influenced by it?

  61. After sitting on several Eagle Boards I always finish up with this question : As you reflect back on your Scouting career, what one person would you say meant the most to you in helping you get to this area of your life? Then the Scout thinks hard about it and answers Mr. so and so, or Mrs so and so, or my parents etc…, then I ask them, if that person were sitting in this room right now and I asked them what they would say about you, what would they tell me?……………..The Scout then thinks even harder and the answer comes deep from the heart. I love sitting back and listening to the answers of this last question.

  62. Three questions come to mind for those earning our top rank / award.
    1. You’re obviously a leader among your peers, do yo favor inclusiveness or exclusiveness and why
    2. What is your opinion on Scouting’s outreach towards financially challenged families
    3. As an adult leader you notice people being discriminated against because they don’t belong to the local “good ol’ boys” club, what do you do?

    Character Counts

  63. How have you filled your “Duty to God” while in Scouting?
    I realize God is being pushed out of Scouting these days but at least until the vote to remove Duty to God from the Scout Promise is final, that seems like an extremely important question.

    • Good question. Have used that many times and have gotten many good, thoughtful answers.

      But, not sure what you mean by “God is being pushed out of Scouting these days.”
      Are you concerned about an expanded meaning of inclusiveness? No, probably not, because God is totally inclusive.
      This is definitely not happening in our Council, District, or Troop.

      Also, not sure what you mean by “Duty to God from the Scout Promise is final.”
      “Final” is an odd word to use. “Duty to God” is actually the first point.
      And I thought all three points of the Oath were equal, like the Holy Trinity…but the Scout Oath is not yet established in canon law.

      • I don’t want to speak for the writer, but what I read into it from my own experiences with Scouting was that it used to be that almost every troop in my area met at a church basement. My troop growing up used a church basement as our meeting place. Along with that came God fearing Scoutmasters that lead not only by example, but were not afraid to stand up for what they believed in and what they believed their duty to their God was no matter how popular or unpopular those opinions were. Nowadays there are fewer troops. Most meet in community buildings or schools after hours. Few are associated with churches for fear of offending anyone. My son is now in Scouts and I make sure to stress all of the duties to God, Country, and self and to keep oneself morally straight. Notice how we have always put God first. We should strive hard as an organization to keep it that way.

        • I would agree with Sam’s assumption. The push to get Duty to God out of Scouting is on. It was expressed multiple times in the blog regarding the vote to allow homosexual leaders. If you look back through this blog you will see a majority of “thumbs down” anywhere “God” is mentioned. Ironic that BSA decied to emphsize “Duty to God” in it’s program next year. Hard to encourage boys to be morally straight and do their duty to God when the ultimate source of that morallity is being pushed out both in society and Scouting. Big BSA is making decisions based ultimately on money at the expense of God and morality.

  64. Over the past 20+ years a question that I ask frequently is: If we asked you to wear your Scout uniform to school tomorrow would you? And if you would what kind of reaction would you get from your classmates?

  65. What’s your favorite color?
    What type of music do you listen to?
    Tell us a joke, and keep it clean!
    In ten years from today, you’re invited to sit on an Eagle BOR and there’s a young man sitting in your seat. What question would you ask him? Then ask the Eagle Scout candidate the same question to hear his answer!

  66. Are there any questions you thought we would ask you, or that we should ask you, that we did not? Then ask the candidate to answer the question. The responses have been amazing!

  67. All good questions. But the majority of them have been asked before and if you don’t think every Eagle candidate hasn’t done some research on what’s asked in an EBOR… try and find something personal and unique about the candidate that relates to something in his Scouting life. You have the resources: his project, letters of recommendation, the Scout’s own essay. One of the most fascinating responses I’ve received came when I asked the candidate about his neckerchief slide – a simple knotted rawhide device. What followed was a story told with a genuine smile about finding his first uniform at a rummage sale. Yes, the idealogical answers are necessary, but finding out what’s in a Scout’s heart is just as important.

  68. having received my highest honor in scouting in 1976, I look back at some of the questions I was asked. the one that really stands out for myself was a question of length, and no answer as a soul, singled out, or easily answer could of mastered it. the question was- who in scouting had the most influence on all my achievements? I pondered this question for a while thinking, the names would of been endless,….. my dad, mom, other family members as my uncles and aunts were all leaders, scoutmasters, other scouts, other leaders, summer camp staff and of course friends. my mind sifting through all and everyone I knew. I by chanced looked up and before I could speak, i looked into the distance, really only about 10 feet away and saw my reflection in the window. my answer then was simple. ME! the board, or some will call it the court of review, I think was caught off guard as they paused and looking at each other, with nods and smiles. stood and applauded and shook my hand as my peers all said their congrats to me. I was at that moment an Eagle Scout and to this day use my skills I had learned as a young man.

  69. My question would be: Scouting has faced great controversy in recent times due to policies attempting to discriminate LGBT leaders from scouting. How will you explain this discrimination to others as an Eagle Scout?

  70. I don’t know who provides them, but we give the candidate a coin with the following: Secretly transfer me to your right pocket after you have done your good turn. The Board chair, me if am sitting on the Board, has him read the coin to the Board members and I ask him, “If you had had this coin this morning, which pocket would it be in?” The coin is available at our Scout Shop with a Scoutstuff #. I just can’t remember it.

    In our District, #14 is usually reserved for the chair of the Board as a final question for the candidate. I am going to think about some responses to that question before I chair another Board, usually the second Thursday of the month at the Scout office. Since we had 5 last month, before school started, I’m thinking September will be sparse. I haven’t gotten an email yet.

  71. I have to say that Scouting, and specifically the rank of Eagle, have been diminished in the last 20 years. I am an Eagle, a former Scoutmaster, and a 3-beader, and feel comfortable saying this. Well, I guess I feel a bit UN comfortable, really. I see perfectly capable young men doing Eagle Service Projects that would not have qualified as a Patrol service project years ago. With all the technology and capability available today, I would think that the average Eagle Service Project would be an even more impressive undertaking than in years past. I have met Silver Beaver recipients that don’t even know the basic history of the beginnings of Scouting. I see kids leaving on camping trips with some of the most horrible looking kits, enormous quantities of stuff, yet completely lacking in the basic needs for an outing. I see adult leaders with no concept of responsibility. It is not very encouraging. Now, with my two children in the military, I realize how important the experience of Scouting, MY experience, is to all of the generations that follow. My kids grew up in a home that quietly lived the Scout Oath and the Scout Law every day. Though neither of them were in Scouting, they are two of the best Scouts I have ever known. I would love to see more young people imbued with the love of the tenets of Scouting. Not just words, but living the life of a true Scout.

  72. Number 12 is either wrong or misstated…”Please stand up, give me the 12 points of the Scout Law, and tell me what each one means to you.” — It is my understanding that you cannot ask a scout at any BoR to stand alone and recite the Scout Oath and Law. If you do, all scouters must stand and recite it with the scout…the better question would be “In your own words, please tell us what the Scout Law (or Oath) means to you as a Scout?”

  73. QUESTION: What are your future goals . . . and how has Scouting aided you in preparation for these pursuits ?

    QUESTION: How has Scouting helped you in your school achievement, if at all ?

  74. What bothers me about some of the comments and some of the questions offered in this article is that the board of review is supposed to be a conversation, not a test (see http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/guidetoadvancement/boardsofreview.aspx). I was told by our troop leaders that there is only one question that has a correct answer and that is the question about a belief in a higher power. Beyond that question, if you are the kind of person who thinks that we are to seek certain answers from the scout (like: Q: What is the most important part of the Scout Law? A: Trustworthy; or Q: Which is more important, earning it or wearing it? A:earning it), then I think you are not conducting the BOR appropriately. Also, I don’t think it is right to play with their heads. What goes around comes around, and I don’t want someone who is presumably already nervous being in a room with adults facing an inquisition to one day pay it forward and continue the head games with young scouts (or employees or what have you). On the other hand, any questions that engage the scout and encourage conversation (what music do you like, color, etc., in your words, what does the Scout Law and Oath mean to you, tell us what the most challenging part of Scouting was, etc…there are many good ones above offered by Bryan AND commenters) that I am taking into BORs in the future. Also, I am going to purchase “The Troop Committee Guidebook , No. 34505” since it contains examples of appropriate questions.

  75. While I used to ask several of the questions noted here, one I always asked was “what person had the most influence on you to earn the Eagle Award?’ Nearly 100 per cent of the time the answer came back:”…my mother!”

  76. When I sense that the scout is at ease and especially sharp and mentally strong, I look him in the eye and say, “Scouting is for losers. Everybody knows it. It is for the guys not good enough to play sports, too shy to do drama or debate, and too untalented to be in the band. Tell me why I am wrong.” In only one instance was the scout taken aback, at which point I reassured him that of course none of that was true, etc. etc. Usually they give good strong answers about all of the different types of guys in their troop, the value of what they learn, etc.

  77. When I am helping on our District EBOR’s one of the questions I like to ask the young man is to tell me about his project, tell me what went good, what went “bad” or what was difficult and what did he learn from the experience? Then I can follow up with another question for more clarification on an aspect of leadership.

  78. When I went through my board the last question I received was, ” If the entire world forgot who you were and only I were to know you, what is one thing you would want me to tell them about yourself?” Though I have not been on an Eagle Board if i ever was i know i would ask this question.

  79. thank you guys for all of help. I will be going through my EBOR in a few days. Again thank you all for helping me prepare for my Eagle Board of Review

  80. I have worked a few years on summer camp staff including years as an area director when we were interviewing people to hire one of the questions we were supposed to ask was what do you believe is the most important part of the scout uniform and why? It was always my favorite question.

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