The BSA Guide to Advancement clearly explains the purpose of boards of review and provides guidance for their conduct. Section 8.0.0 covers boards of review generally; Section 8.0.3 addresses Eagle boards of review specifically. Adults who sit on boards of review, Scoutmasters, and others involved in Eagle advancement must be familiar with this material. Eagle candidates and their parents/guardians will also find this material helpful in learning what to expect from the board of review.
Preparing for the Board of Review
(average time 20 days – often depends on receipt of recommendation letters)
- Eagle packet: The Eagle Service Desk reviews the rank application for consistency with council records and the application and project workbook for appropriate signatures.
- Recommendation letters: The Eagle Service Desk holds packet materials until all recommendation letters are received, but for no more than 30 days. Council staff will try to contact missing references, but forwards the packet to the district Eagle Committee chair as-is after 30 days.
(average time 10 days)
- Eagle packet: the Eagle Committee chair reviews the rank application and project workbook for completeness and consistency with requirements. Any deficiencies found are resolved before a board of review is scheduled.
- Board membership: the Eagle Committee chair assigns a member of the District Eagle Committee (as chair) and four members of the District Eagle Board, emails this information to board members and the unit Eagle point of contact, and mails the packet to the assigned board chair.
(average time 10 days)
- The unit Eagle point of contact communicates with board members, the Scoutmaster, and the candidate to coordinate the time and place for the board of review.
- What to wear: Class A uniform according to your unit’s custom, or clean and neat in appearance – dress appropriate for an office job interview.
- Eagle Project Photo & Registration: On successful completion of the board, candidates are asked to register their project information and include a photo of the project. The preferred method is to complete this process via the eaglerefs.org website.
- Alternatively, the Scout may complete an Eagle Service Project Registration Form (page 14 of the Occoneechee Council Life to Eagle Guide), including a high quality photo of the project. Note that, this method is no longer preferred, as it may result in a less-than-optimal digital rendition. Candidates may bring this completed form with them to the board of review.