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Board of Review Questions

Reader Shelley asked

I’m a new Troop Committee Chair and was wondering if anyone has some great questions that they ask their Scouts during their Board of Reviews?

Sometimes committee members struggle to come up with good Board of Review questions. First of all, it is important to be familiar with the procedures and purposes of a Board of Review. There is a good summary on the official BSA site. There is also a training module which you can use to educate your Committee members.

Ideas for Board of Review Questions

Remember this is a conversation not a grilling.  (See the article from Scouting Magazine, This Is Not a Test. ) So first put the Scout at ease. Start with some easy questions they can answer with confidence, especially if they are going for one of the early ranks. “What rank are you completing?” “Which patrol are you in?” “Who is your patrol leader?”

Ask open ended questions. “Tell me about what you did to fulfill the requirement for …” or “What did you cook at camp?”. Often the Scouts are a little nervous and you need to get the conversation started.

Find out about their Scouting experience. “Are you having any difficulties in the troop?” “How is your patrol working out?”

Find out where they are headed with their Scouting career. “What do you see yourself doing in the troop next year?” “Have you thought about what position of responsibility you would like to take on?”

A Board of Review can also help you get a feeling for how the Scouts feel about the troop program. “Do you have any ideas for a campout or activity you would like to do?” “Is there something you’d like to learn about in the troop setting?”  “What would you like to see the troop do differently? ” Then when the Scout answers, you can encourage him to take his idea to the PLC and get involved in carrying it out.

Often the questions depend on the individual Scout. If you know they are having difficulty with something or have done something they are proud of, then you can ask about that and the conversation can head off in a different direction.

If you are doing a BOR to prepare the Scout for his Eagle Board of Review, ask him more challenging questions of the type that will be asked of him at the Eagle BOR.  Bryan on Scouting published an article, 20 Questions to Ask at Your Next Eagle Board of Review which has a good list of examples. There is also an article Longtime Scouter left behind template for running Eagle Scout boards of review.

Readers, what are your favorite questions to ask at a Board of Review? Add them to the comments below.

14 Responses to Board of Review Questions

  1. TJ November 11, 2013 at 1:45 PM #

    We have little booklets made up with questions for each rank. The board doesn’t have to come up with questions they are already done.

    • Shelley Hill November 15, 2013 at 8:10 PM #

      TJ- Would those questions be saved in a PDF form that you could share? If so, I’d greatly appreciate them! My email address is


      • AE September 9, 2014 at 12:39 PM #

        Would it be possible to get a copy of those questions as well. I am finding myself in the same situation and want to make sure I am asking solid questions at the board of review meetings. Thank you!

    • Kevin February 8, 2014 at 8:45 AM #

      Please send the questions to me also.

    • Nina September 23, 2014 at 9:47 AM #

      Could I get a copy of the booklet also

    • Mike Duncan April 8, 2018 at 1:18 PM #

      TJ: I am doing a board of review for 1st Class.
      First BOR for me.
      Want to make this meaningful for the Scout.
      Will you please e-mail your questions?
      Thank You!

    • Marnie September 11, 2018 at 11:29 AM #

      I would love it if I could get one of those booklets as well.. If they are still around

  2. Henry H December 3, 2013 at 8:47 PM #

    TJ- I second that request. If they are saved in any format so you can share them, that would be very appreciated. My e mail address is

  3. Dexter January 17, 2014 at 8:57 PM #

    TJ me too Please.

  4. Dexter January 17, 2014 at 8:57 PM #

  5. wpc June 29, 2014 at 10:39 AM #

    My favorite “What do you do with your Scout uniform when you get home after a Scout Meeting?”

    Many years ago as Cubmaster,I had a newly-single mom ask me which program she should drop as she couldn’t do Scouts and the other program… this question was more of which program does your son enjoy more?

  6. Steve Stobbs March 12, 2015 at 11:21 AM #

    Thanks for this great article! I’m going to share this as a good resource for Boards of Review during a class at our Northern Star Council’s University of Scouting in a few weeks.

  7. rita April 12, 2015 at 12:12 PM #

    May I get a PDF also of the questions.
    Thank you.

  8. Renee April 29, 2015 at 1:04 PM #

    For all of you asking for a pdf of the questions, all you need to do is Google – “Board of Review questions” and there are numerous resources available.

    Here is one I have used in the past:

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