848 Policy – Boards of Review (BORs)

Completion of a BOR is the final requirement necessary for the scout to complete each rank.  Those are called just about every month on the last Tuesday.  We have a lot of boys in the troop and have a lot of advancement to work through in a year, so BORs are a necessarily regular occurrence.  The BOR is an excellent way for the Troop to periodically review how a scout is doing as well as assess how effective the Troop is delivering the Scouting program.  If the Scout is not advancing properly, the BOR process is a helpful way to encourage the scout get the most out of his Scouting experience.The BOR also allows the Scout to develop and practice skills needed in an interview situation and it is an opportunity for the Scout to review his accomplishments.

The Board of Review is not a retesting of requirements - the Scout has already been tested on the skills and activities required for the rank. However, the chairman of the Board of Review should ensure that all the requirements have been signed off in the Scout's handbook. Additionally, the chairman should ensure that leadership and merit badge records are consistent with the requirements for the rank.  Some ranks require a certain number of Eagle required merit badges.

The Board of Review is a time to determine the Scout's attitudes, accomplishments, and acceptance of Scouting Ideals. Scout Spirit is defined as living the Scout Oath and Scout Law in a Scout's everyday life. The board should make sure that good standards have been met in all phases of the Scout's life.

Who is eligible to participate on a BOR:  Any parent in the troop who is not a Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster (SM/ASM).  Plus, you can’t sit on a BOR for your own son.  

What experience is necessary:  The only experience that is necessary is the willingness and ability to show up to CLUMC.  You will be trained in about 2 minutes.

Participants in a Board of Review must keep these objectives in mind:

What to expect:  You are going to see fine young men (sometimes in nervous adolescent form) recite the Scout Law, Oath, Motto, and Slogan.  Two valuable pieces of information that the Troop can always use is what the boy has enjoyed the most about his experiences so far, and what he would like to see improved within the Troop.  The scout should be encouraged to try to initiate or encourage the improvements and bring it up to the Scout Leadership. They are also going to get to respond to all of your diabolical questions!