Eagle Board of Review - Blackhawk Area Council

Report
Eagle Scout Board of
Review
Blackhawk Area Council Advancement Committee
Dr. Roland J. Barnes, Committee Member & Life to Eagle Co-Chair
Michael R. Lumpp, Committee Member & Life to Eagle Co-Chair
Revised 07/22/14
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Council Approval
O The Boy Scouts of America has placed the
Eagle Scout board of review in the hands of
the local council to decide how reviews will
be conducted; i.e., the unit, district, or
council level.
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Council Approval
O The Council Advancement Committee of the
Blackhawk Area Council has decided that
Eagle Scout reviews will be conducted on
the unit level under the direction of the
Council Advancement Committee.
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By Your 18th Birthday
O Complete all merit badges
O 13 required and 8 elective
O Complete 6 month Position of Responsibility
O Complete Eagle Scout Application
O Complete Eagle Scout Service Project
O Complete Life Ambitions Statement
O Complete Scoutmaster Conference
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Before a BOR is Scheduled
O All Eagle Scout paperwork must be sent
to council for review.
O Completed Eagle Scout Application
O Completed Eagle Scout Service Project
Workbook
O Completed Life Ambitions Statement
O Eagle Scout Reference Letters (unopened)
O Council verifies that all requirements
have been met.
O Once completed the Scout is entitled to
an Eagle Scout Board of Review.
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Reference Letters
O The Eagle Scout application requires that 6
letters be listed.
O Parents or Guardians
O Religious
O May be signed by parent if the Scout does not
belong to an organized religion.
O Educational
O May be signed by parent if the Scout is home
schooled.
O Employer (if any, otherwise omitted)
O Two other references
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Reference Letters
O Letters from references are confidential
information and their contents are not to
be disclosed to any person who is not a
member of the board of review.
O If the Eagle Scout rank is approved, the
district representative will collect and
destroy the letters.
O If the Eagle Scout rank is denied, all
reference letters are to be filed at the
council service center until a final
decision is reached.
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Board of Review Members
O The board of review for an Eagle Scout
candidate is composed of a minimum of 3
members and a maximum of 6 members,
21 years of age or older.
O With the exception of the District or Council
Advancement representative the remaining
members do not have to be registered in
Scouting, but they must have an
understanding of the importance and
purpose of the Eagle Scout rank and the
Eagle Scout Board of Review.
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Board of Review Members
O At least one district or council advancement
committee representative, approved by the
district advancement chair, must be a
member of the Eagle Scout board of review
and may serve as chairperson if so
requested by the unit.
O The unit leader may be present in the room,
but does not participate in the board of
review.
O The unit leader may be called upon to clarify a
point in question.
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Board of Review Members
O A parent, guardian or relative of the candidate should
not attend the review, even as a unit leader.
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Exception may be allowed for Scouts with special needs
(10.2.2.0).
O Unit leaders, assistant unit leaders, or individuals
representing the group for which the Eagle service
project was performed may not serve as members of
the board of review.
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Exception may be allowed for Scouts with special needs
(10.2.2.0).
O It is generally not recommended that, an individual who
has written a letter of recommendation, sit on the board
of review.
O The Scout his parents or guardians may have no input
into the selection of the board of review members.
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Clarifying the Active Member Requirement
O Be active in your troop and patrol for 6
months as a Life Scout means exactly that!
O To serve as a Life Scout in a leadership
position for 6 months.
O The approved definition of “Active” is found
in section 4.2.3.1 on pages 26-28 of the
Guide to Advancement 2013 (#33088).
O Units may not create their own definition of
active.
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National BSA Definition of
Active
O A Scout will be considered “active” in his unit if:
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3.
The Scout is registered. The youth is registered in his
unit for at least the time period indicated in the
requirement, and he has indicated in some way,
through word or action, that he considers himself a
member.
The Scout is in good standing. A Scout is considered in
“good standing” with his unit as long as he has not
been dismissed for disciplinary reasons. He must also
be in good standing with the local council and BSA.
The Scout meets the unit’s reasonable expectations;
or, if not, a lesser level of activity is explained. Time
counted as “active” need not be consecutive.
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National BSA Definition of
Active
O Alternative to the third test if expectations are
not met:
O If a young man has fallen below his unit’s activity-
oriented expectations, then it must be due to
other positive endeavors—in or out of Scouting—or
to noteworthy circumstances that have prevented
a higher level of participation.
O Would the Scout have been more active if he
could have been?
O It is not so much about what a Scout has done but
what he is able to do and how he has grown.
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Determine Fair Questions
O There is no standard set of questions that
an Eagle candidate should be asked.
O It is not appropriate to ask questions that
probe a Scout’s political views, ethnic
background, sexual orientation, or religious
practices.
O Questions such as; “Are you under any
scrutiny from any law enforcement agency,
your school, or any other such entity that the
board may be aware of?”, are fair in helping
the board determine the character of a
questionable candidate.
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Board of Review
O Because of the importance of the Eagle Scout
Rank, the decision of the board must be
unanimous.
O If not, a new review may be convened at the
request of the applicant, his parents or
guardians.
O Initiating Eagle Scout Board of Review under
disputed circumstances, or,
O Appeals process
O The review process should take approximately
30 to 60 minutes to complete.
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Purpose of the Board of
Review
O To make sure that the Scout has done what
he was supposed to do.
O To see how good an experience the Scout
has had in Scouting.
O To encourage the Scout to remain active in
Scouting and provide mentoring to younger
Scouts.
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Purpose of the Board of
Review
O The review is not an examination!
O The board does not retest the candidate!
O The board should attempt to determine the
Scout’s attitude and his acceptance of
Scouting’s ideals with respect to:
O Experiences with project,
O Leadership provided,
O Changes needed,
O Obstacles encountered and solutions.
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Purpose of the Board of
Review
O To make sure that good standards have
been met in all phases of the Scout’s life.
O To make sure the candidate understands
and lives daily the Scout Oath and Law.
O To make sure the candidate recognizes the
value of Scouting in his home, unit, school,
and community.
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Conducting the Board of
Review
O The board should meet 30 minutes before
the candidate appears to review:
O The application,
O The service project workbook,
O The life ambitions statement, and
O The reference letters.
O The board should be held in a relaxed
atmosphere.
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Conducting the Board of
Review
O It is preferred a Scout be in full field uniform for any
board of review. If wearing all or part of the uniform
is impractical for whatever reason, the candidate
should be clean and neat in his appearance and
dressed appropriately, according to his means, for the
milestone marked by the occasion. (Guide to
Advancement 2013, section 8.0.0.4, page 55.)
O The board should encourage the Scout to talk so that
the review can be a learning experience for him and
the members of the board.
O The Scout reviews what he did for the Eagle rank.
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Conducting the Board of
Review
O The board should determine the Scout’s
ideals and goals.
O The board should make sure that a good
standard of performance has been met.
O At the conclusion of the board the Scout and
his unit leader are asked to step out while
the board deliberates.
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Conducting the Board of
Review
O The decision of the board is arrived at
through discussion and must be unanimous.
O Once the board is satisfied that the Scout
has qualified he is called back in and
congratulated.
O He is encouraged to continue his
advancement in earning Palms (if time will
permit).
O He is informed that it is not final until
approved by National.
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Advancement Report
O The completed Eagle Scout application and
the Advancement Report are sent to council.
O Council forwards to National.
O The Scout cannot be recognized until
National approves.
O Do not plan the Court of Honor until
application returns from National.
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WHAT IF?
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Initiating Eagle Scout Board of Review Under Disputed Circumstances,
section 8.0.3.2, page 59 of Guide to Advancement 2013.
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Held at the District or Council level.
Initiated by Scout, parents or guardians. A letter is written and attached
to the Eagle Scout Application and the complete Eagle Packet is sent to
Council.
Indicated when:
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A unit Leader or Committee Chair does not sign the application.
A Scoutmaster Conference is denied.
If it is thought a unit will not provide a fair hearing.
If the unit Leader or Project Beneficiary refuses to sign final approval for
what might be considered a satisfactory service project.
Background and facts are researched including written statements and
interview summaries.
Can be denied if deemed frivolous. Scout may then appeal the
decision.
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What If?
O If the board decides that the Scout has
not earned the Eagle Scout Rank, the
Scout has to be told why.
O The members of the board should
specify what must be done to rework his
weaknesses and reconvene the board of
review at a later date.
O A follow-up letter must be sent to the
Scout confirming the agreements
reached on the actions necessary to
satisfactorily complete his work.
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What If?
O Should a Scout disagree with the decision,
he has the right to appeal.
O The appeals process should be explained.
O Guide to Advancement 2013, section 8.0.4.1,
page 60.
O The Scout and his leader should not be
aware of who voted negatively.
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Appealing the Decision
O The decision may be appealed to the next
higher level.
O District Advancement Committee, then
O Council Advancement Committee, then
O National Advancement Team.
O Only the Scout, his parents or guardians may
appeal.
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Appealing the Decision
O A letter requesting the appeal is to be mailed to
the:
Blackhawk Area Council
Council Program Director
2820 McFarland Road
Rockford, IL 61107-6808
O The letter should give as much detail as possible
explaining the reason for the appeal.
O There will be an odd number of appeal board
members, either 3 or 5.
O An appeal board is not another board of review.
It focuses only on the issues that brought about
rejection at the lower level(s).
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Scouts 18 Years of Age or Older
O Scouts who have completed all requirements
prior to their 18th birthday should submit their
application and be reviewed within 90 days after
that date.
O Boards of review conducted between 90 to 180
days after the Scout’s 18th birthday require a
statement explaining the reason for the delay.
O This letter is attached to the Eagle Scout
Application when it is submitted to council.
O If accepted by council they will grant the
extension and the Council Eagle processor will
proceed with processing the application.
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Scouts 18 Years of Age or Older
O If an Eagle Scout Board of Review will be held
after the 180 days following the Scout’s 18th
birthday, the candidate must petition the
National Advancement Team for an extension.
O The petition must be processed through the
council detailing the extenuating circumstances.
O The petition is attached to the Eagle Scout
Application.
O If approved National will inform the Council
Scout Executive of a timeframe by which the
Board of Review is to take place.
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Resources
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Guide to Advancement 2013, No. 33088
Scoutmaster Handbook, No. 33009
Boy Scout Handbook, No. 33105
Boy Scout Requirements Book (Latest Revision),
No. 616-334
Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project
Workbook (Latest Revision available only online),
No. 512-927
Eagle Scout Rank Application (Latest Revision
available only online), No. 512-728.
BSA National Website: www.scouting.org
NESA Website: www.nesa.org
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Blackhawk Area Council
Districts
O Arrowhead
O Sycamore
O Wanchanagi
O Wetassa
O White Eagle
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Arrowhead District Contact
Information
O Arrowhead District Advancement Chair
O Daniel M. Frommelt
O Phone: 608-732-8536
O Email: [email protected]
O Arrowhead District Life to Eagle Coordinator
O Chris Brunette
O Phone: 608-315-0042
O Email: [email protected]
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Sycamore District Contact
Information
O Sycamore District Advancement Chair
O Grace Esche
O Phone: 847-846-3454
O Email: [email protected]
O Sycamore District Life to Eagle Coordinator
O same
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Wanchanagi District Contact
Information
O Wanchanagi District Advancement Chair
O Connie Snyder
O Phone: 815-234-5417
O Email: [email protected]
O Wanchanagi District Life to Eagle
Coordinator
O Ida Bolen
O Phone: 815-239-2634
O Email: [email protected]
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Wetassa District Contact
Information
O Wetassa District Advancement Chair
O Liz Hollis
O Phone: 815-233-4870
O Email: [email protected]
O Wetassa District Life to Eagle Coordinator
O same
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White Eagle District Contact
Information
O White Eagle District Advancement Chair
O Ray Gruber
O Phone: 815-732-6807
O Email: [email protected]
O White Eagle Life to Eagle Coordinator
O Deb Slager
O Phone: 815-946-2255
O Email: [email protected]
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Contact Information
Blackhawk Area Council Advancement
Committee & Life to Eagle Co-Chair
O Dr. Roland J. Barnes
Phone: 815-344-9118
O Email: [email protected]
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Blackhawk Area Council Advancement
Committee & Life to Eagle Co-Chair
O Michael R. Lumpp
Phone: 815-344-1088
O Email: [email protected]
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Thanks for your attention.
rjb (SCTEF) 2008
Revised 07/22/14
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