After talking to many Eagle Scouts and many scouts who
were about to become an Eagle Scout, they were all asking the same
I was asking as I was about to go to my Eagle Scout Board of review,
what will it be like? The following comes from my personal
experience along with what many Eagle Scouts from several different
troops told me about their experiences.
For most scouts, the Eagle Scout board of review is not
like any other previous board of review. The Eagle Scout board of
is commonly relaxed and laid back. There is no reason to prove yourself
to the board of review members. Most of the board of review members have seen
you advance through the ranks and have already seen what you can do.
biggest question that the board will want answered is, do you
understand what it means to be an Eagle Scout and will you be able to
handle the responsibility that comes along with being one? There is no
right or wrong answer to this question so answer based on what you
There are two things you must make sure you do before
you go to the Board of Review. These things are expected of you no
who is conducting the board of review.
The first and foremost, you must be in full uniform.
You must be wearing your official
scout shirt, pants, and neckerchief. While it is not always required,
it is preferred that you also have scout socks and belt. Being in
full uniform shows respect for scouting and shows you are serious about
becoming and Eagle Scout.
The second thing you must do before you go to your Eagle
Scout Board of Review is make sure you know the scout oath, law, slogan,
motto, and outdoor code. One of the first questions the board will
will be to recite the scout oath, law, motto and slogan. They might
even ask you to explain the meaning of various parts of the scout oath
and law. By now you
have been in scouting long enough you should know these. However, when
under pressure your mind could go blank. It would be helpful to recite
the scout oath, law, slogan, motto, and outdoor code
to yourself prior
to to the board of review to make
they will be
fresh in your mind. Many
times an Eagle Scout candidate's mind will go blank just as they go
into the Board of Review and cannot remember these important elements
which form the foundation of scouting.
Read the Board of review Guidelines and what
type of questions you might be asked look.
The biggest thing to remember is to be calm and your board
of review will go well. Do not hesitate to take a few seconds to think
about the questions before you answer.
If before you go into the Board of Review you ask
yourself if you deserve to be an Eagle Scout and you can truthfully
say 'yes', then you too will become a proud Eagle Scout.