Nora sent in this question:
Our Scouts BSA Troop requires that Scouts BSA request a BOR by phone call at least two days in advance. At our last meeting, the Advancment Chair and some committee members conducted a BOR for one of the Scouts. Afterwards, a different Scout approached the Advancement chair and asked him to arrange a BOR for his First Class rank. He is going to camp in a few days and wants to meet OA eligibility requirements. He was told no, he must call him instead of asking him in person. This seems like he is putting an additional requirement on the Scout. Is this allowed?
According to the 2013 Guide to Advancement:
18.104.22.168 Boards of Review Must Be Granted When Requirements Are Met
A Scout shall not be denied this opportunity. When he believes he has completed all the requirements for a rank, including a Scoutmaster conference, a board of review must be granted. Scoutmasters—or councils or districts in the case of the Eagle Scout rank—for example, do not have authority to expect a boy to request or organize one, or to “defer” him, or to ask him to perform beyond the requirements in order to be granted one. In a case where there is concern the Scout has not fulﬁ lled the requirements for a rank as written, it is appropriate to advise the young man that he might not pass the board and to make suggestions about what he might do to improve his chances for success. It is, however, the Scout’s decision to go ahead with a board of review or not.
So as I read this, the Scout should have been granted the request for the Board of Review rather than being given the additional “requirement” to make a phone call. If the Scout is ready for his BOR, the troop should be facilitating that process.
Readers, what do you think?