This evening, I got to sit in on my first Eagle Board of Review. As Scoutmaster, I don't do boards of review, so this was my first time. The advancement chair figured it would be good for me to see what one is like - besides, they needed someone to unlock and lock the church. :-)
It was a bonus - there were two boards back to back so I got to see two scouts go through the process. And, they both did just great! One scout handling questions tossed at him from six different adults, all with varying degrees of warmth or confrontation.
I got to sit quietly with my mouth shut and reading my new volume of "Scouting" (did you see the ad on the inside of the front cover?) while actually listening to the conversation. It was very rewarding to hear how well the Eagle candidates expressed themselves and shared their beliefs and values.
I'd highly recommend you volunteer to help with boards of review in your troop if you aren't the Scoutmaster or Asst. Scoutmaster. It's a great way to help the troop and get to know the scouts better. The growth from new Scout to Eagle is pretty amazing. And, if you are Scoutmaster, ask to sit in on an Eagle board so you know what they're like. Or, participate in an Eagle board for a scout in a different troop if you can arrange that.
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Nov 11, 2009 - Carol McCarthy
TRIPLE EAGLES: I enjoyed and agree with your comments on Boards of Review...do it!
My proudest moment as a Mom was to pin the Eagle on the last two of our sons....with the first Marine son home to assist as an Eagle. The son's wedding came in close....but did not quite make it up there. I have three Eagles Scout sons...all accomplished while we were a Navy family... with two Eagle Projects done in Hawaii in the middle of a PCS move! (not recommended by the way). We have both been scouters for over 25 years.
Nov 12, 2009 - Bob Hetrick
In our District all Eagle Boards of Review are handled by the District on a monthly basis, and no one on the Board - typically 3 - comes from the Eagle candidate's Troop. I have been on a number of them, and think it's great experience to get a snapshot of a youth that has heretofore been a stranger and see what a fine young man he has become. It never fails to strengthen your faith in the youth that come out of Scouting.
Just studying their Eagle Project reports is uplifting.
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