Sky Islands | Eagle Scout Boards of Review
What is an Eagle Board of Review?
The mechanics of a Board of Review for Eagle rank are similar to all other Boards of Review, except that this board is more in depth. The Eagle Scout Rank application, Letters of Recommendation, and Eagle Project notebook are reviewed by the board.
Questions can include asking about these documents as well as areas used in lower rank reviews. The letters of recommendation are for the board’s use only; any comments or questions about them should not reveal who wrote the letters. The letters are retained by the District Advancement Chairperson and are never given to the Scout. After the application has been approved by National Eagle Board of Review and returned to the local council, the letters of recommendation are destroyed.
The Board of Review for the Eagle Rank is different from the other Board of Reviews in which the Scout has participated. The members of the Board of Review are not all from the Troop Committee. Introductions are essential, and a few “break in” questions may be appropriate. At this point, the goal is to understand to Scout’s full Scouting experience, and how others can have similar meaning full Scouting experiences, Scouting principles and goals should be central to the Scout’s life; look for evidence of this. Although this is the final rank, this is not the end of the Scouting trail. “Once an Eagle, always an Eagle.” The approximate time for this Board of Review is usually 30 – 50 minutes.
Sample questions for Eagle Board of Reviews (BORs)
What do you do in your spare time outside of Scout? What would you suggest adding to the Scout Law (a 13th point)? Why? What one point could be removed from the Scout Law? Why? Why is it important to learn how to tie knots and lash together poles and logs? What is the difference between a “Hollywood hero” and a real hero? Can you give an example of someone who is a hero to you? ( A real person, not a character in a book or movie) What do you consider the purpose of the merit badge program? What merit badge interested you the most and why? Why do you think that the Family Life merit badge is required for Eagle rank? Have any merit badges sparked an interest that might lead you towards a career? What camping experience have you had that you wish every Scout could have? What is the role of the Senior Patrol Leader at a troop meeting, campout, or summer camp? What do you do to help younger Scouts along the trail? Not counting your troop camping trips, what are the best things you have done as a Scout? What does the Scout “Good Turn” mean to you? What is an Eagle Scout’s duty to his country? If you could change one thing to improve Scouting, what would you change? What do you believe our society expects from an Eagle Scout? The charge to the Eagle requires that you give back to scouting more than Scouting has given to you. How do you propose to do that? As an Eagle Scout, what can you personally do to improve your unit? What will you be doing in your unit, after receiving your Eagle Rank? Tell us how you selected your Eagle service project. From your Eagle service project, what did you learn about managing or leading people? What are the qualities of a good leader? What part of you Eagle service project was the most challenging? Why? Did you have nay difficulty planning a service project? How did you choose your project? What help did you have in order to complete your project? Who? If you were to manage another project similar to your Eagle service project, what would you do differently to make the project better or easier? What are your future plans? What do you think is the single biggest issue facing Scouting in the future? How do your fiends outside of Scouting react when they learn that you are a Boy Scout? How do you feel about that? How do you think they will react when they learn that you have become an Eagle Scout? Why do you think that belief in God is part of the Scout Oath? What one thing have you gained from your Scoutmaster’s conferences over the years? How does an Eagle Scout continue to show Scout Spirit?
- Point of Contact: Audrone Tarleton
- Email: Audrone.Tarleton@scouting.org
- Zoom Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84101510856?pwd=UmkvbnJ4RkJUZFpPUnFQeW9hZFhzZz09