A Question About Parent Interviews at a Board of Review
Marci sent me this question:
Hi, my son is up for an eagle BOR very soon, and I was wondering what type of questions they ask parents. I was informed the scout steps out of meeting while the reviewers ask parents questions. Thank you.
What Is a Board of Review?
Firstly, let’s clarify what an Eagle Board of Review (BOR) is. It is a crucial step in the process of rank advancement. During the BOR, a panel of adults, usually consisting of three to six members, reviews the scout’s qualifications and assesses whether they have met the requirements for the rank. The BOR is not a retest of the scout’s skills but rather an opportunity to evaluate their growth, leadership abilities, and understanding of the Scouting principles.
An Eagle Board of Review (BOR) is a type of Board of Review that is specifically for Eagle Scout candidates, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America. The purpose of an Eagle BOR is to determine if the candidate has met the requirements for the Eagle Scout rank and to evaluate their growth, leadership abilities, and understanding of Scouting principles.
In contrast, a normal Board of Review is held for all other ranks in Scouting and serves to assess a scout’s progress, knowledge, and commitment to the ideals of Scouting. The focus of a normal BOR is to provide guidance and support to the scout, ensure that they are meeting the requirements for their rank, and reinforce the values of Scouting.
While there may be some similarities in the procedures and questions asked during both types of BORs, an Eagle BOR is typically more rigorous and thorough than a normal BOR due to the high standards and expectations associated with the Eagle Scout rank. Additionally, an Eagle BOR is usually conducted by a more experienced and specialized panel of reviewers.
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Now, back to the question of whether parent interviews are conducted during the Eagle BOR. This is not a part of the BSA guidelines. According to the Guide to Advancement, the document that outlines the policies and procedures for advancement in the Boy Scouts of America, “Parents, guardians, or relatives should not be in attendance in any capacity—not as observers or as participants” for any Board of Review. (2023 Guide to Advancement 18.104.22.168)
However, it is possible that some local councils or troops have developed their own traditions or procedures, which may include asking parents questions during the BOR. In such cases, the questions could cover a range of topics related to the scout’s involvement in Scouting, such as their level of commitment, support from their family, and experiences with camping and service projects. The purpose of these questions would be to provide additional insight into the scout’s character and qualifications for the Eagle rank.
If Marci’s son is indeed facing a BOR where parent interviews are part of the process, it would be best to reach out to the local council or troop leadership for more information about what to expect. In any case, it is important to remember that the focus of the BOR should be on the scout and their achievements, not on their parents’ involvement or opinions.
So while parent interviews are not typical during an Eagle BOR, it is possible that some councils or troops may have their own procedures. It is best to consult with the local leadership for more information and to focus on the scout’s accomplishments and growth throughout their Scouting journey.
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