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Board of Review Coordinator


After a Scout has completed the requirements for any rank or Eagle Palm, he appears before a board of review. Its purpose is to determine the quality of his experience, decide whether he is qualified to advance and, if so, encourage him to continue the quest for Eagle or the next Palm.

A board of review consists of three adults from the Troop Committee (registered adults but not uniformed leaders). Parents may not serve on a board for their own son. Scouts should wear their full "Class A" uniform and Be Prepared to recite the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout Motto, and Scout Slogan. They will be asked about their experiences in Scouting and in the Troop.

A board of review is NOT a retest or "examination," nor a challenge of his knowledge. In most cases it should, instead, be a celebration of accomplishment. A Scout may be asked where he learned his skills and who taught him, and what he gained from fulfilling selected requirements. The answers will reveal what he did for his rank. It can be determined, then, if this was what he was supposed to do. Discussion of how he has lived the Scout Oath and Scout Law in his home, unit, school, and community should be included.  It is also an opportunity for us to ask what he likes about Scouting, the Troop and what we can do better.

A board of review will last anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour depending on the rank, interest level, and the board members. Once finished the board members will ask the Scout to step out of the room while they discuss his answers. If the board members agree a Scout is ready to advance, he is called in and congratulated. The board of review date (not that of a subsequent court of honor) becomes the rank's effective date.

In the rare case that a board decides that the Scout is not ready to advance to his next rank, the candidate must be so informed and told what he can do to improve.  The review board should discuss their decision with the Scout's Patrol Advisor.  Most Scouts accept responsibility for their behavior or for not completing requirements properly.

Source: BSA Guide to Advancement - "Boards of Review"


  • Schedule boards of review during August scheduling process, monthly September thru May and work with Committee Chair to secure necessary rooms. 
  • Be the point person for scouts to contact and schedule their board of reviews.
  • Do preliminary check in TroopMaster to see if the Scout has completed all requirements and is ready for BoR
    • If not, either TroopMaster has not yet been updated or Scout has not completed the requirement(s).
    • Either way, inform Scout to work with his Patrol Advisor to either get TroopMaster updated or complete the requirement(s). 
  • Work with the Advancement Coordinator to compare lists of Scouts who might be ready for their reviews. 
  • Ask for review volunteers. Make sure that there are enough volunteers for that round of review. 
  • On the evening of the review, round up scouts and send them to assigned board. 
  • Encourage new parents to volunteer as BoR reviewers. Explain to new parents the process and how new reviewers can gain experience by teaming up with people who have done reviews before. 
  • Maintain BoR guidline and sample question handbooks. These handbooks are handed to reviewers right before the review. The reviewers can ask questions from the sample questions or come up with their own questions. 
  • Prepare board of review sheets from each board of review, collect them after the boards of review and notify Advancement Coordinator of results.
  • Give board of review sheets to Committee Chair.
  • Track and Maintain BoR member participation data