Board of Review Process


The purpose of the board of review is not to retest the Scout, but to make sure he has met all requirements for the rank and to chat with him a while to learn how he feels he is doing with the troop and with scouting.

The review session should give the Scout a chance to bring up any questions or problems he may have, and a chance for the board to talk with him about such important matters as goals, Scout spirit, and personal growth.

At the end of the session the Scout is to be congratulated on his progress and encouraged to keep going.  Or, if necessary, to frankly discuss with him his lack of progress and try to get him back "on track".  It must be recognized that different Scouts advance at different rates and that some have more interest in rank advancement than others.

The Scout is to present himself in a full Class A uniform with his Merit Badge Sash.  A sash is not required if no merit badges have been earned.  If the Scout is not in proper uniform he is to be dismissed and asked to reschedule his board of review.

The Scout should introduce himself and state which rank he is to be reviewed for.  The board should then introduce themselves and state their position of leadership within the troop.  It is important that the Scout be made to feel comfortable with the board.  One of the goals is to learn more about the Scout and to understand his feelings about the troop and scouting in general.  The board should use open ended questions to find the Scouts likes, dislikes, and general progress in the troop.

The review should last for no more than 20 minutes.  If more time is needed another session must be scheduled.  If it is determined that another session is needed, the board will notify the Scout and the Scoutmaster.  It will be up to the Scoutmaster to work with the board and the Scout to resolve any issues that have caused the need for a second Board of Review.

Typical Board of Review Questions:
(A member of the board will fill in the Scouts answer for questions that have a blank under them and turn the answers in to the Board of Review Chairman.)

  • Please Repeat the Scout Law.
  • What does the law (Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, Reverent) mean to you and how do you practice it in your daily life?  (Pick one or more laws to ask about).
  • Please repeat the Scout Oath (On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.).  What does this mean to you, and how do you practice it?
  • Please repeat the Scout Motto (Be Prepared).  What does this mean to you, and how do you practice it?
  • What do you like best about Boy Scouts?
  • What was the last campout you were on?
  • On that campout what was the most fun?  What was the least fun?
  • Where should we have our next campout?
  • What could you have done to make the part you liked least better?
  • For this rank advancement, what was the hardest requirement to complete?
  • Why?                                                                                                                                         
  • What was the most important skill or fact you learned while working on this rank advancement?
  • What is the most fun thing we do as a troop?
  • What is Scout Spirit?
  • What have you done lately to show that you have good Scout Spirit?
  • What was the most recent community service project that you worked on?
  • Why does the troop do community service projects?
  • What leadership position would you like to have when you are working on your next rank? (For First Class, Star, and Life candidates.)
  • What should we do differently in Troop 494?
  • If you were Scoutmaster what would you change?
  • Solicit any other feedback here:


Congratulations, you have earned the rank of                                                                           

Board Remarks:                                                                        Scout Name: