Guide to Advancement 2019
BSA Home > Resources > Guide to Advancement 2019, 33088, ISBN 978-0-8395-3088-6, ©2019 Boy Scouts of America. 2019 Printing
188.8.131.52 Composition of the Board of Review
A board of review must consist of no fewer than three members and no more than six, all of whom must be at least 21 years of age. For further specifications, see “Particulars for Tenderfoot Through Life Ranks,” 184.108.40.206, and “Particulars for the Eagle Scout Rank,” 220.127.116.11. Unit leaders and assistants shall not serve on a board of review for a Scout in their own unit. Parents, guardians, or relatives shall not serve on a board for their child. The candidate or the candidate’s parent(s) or guardian(s), or relative(s) shall have no part in selecting any board of review members.
18.104.22.168 Particulars for Tenderfoot Through Life Ranks
The preceding applies to boards of review for all Scouts BSA ranks (except Scout rank), but there are a few differences for the ranks other than Eagle:
- The board is made up of three to six unit committee members—no more and no less. In units with fewer than three registered committee members available to serve, it is permissible to use knowledgeable parents (not those of the candidate) or other adults (registered or not) who are at least 21 years of age and who understand Scouting’s aims. Using unregistered adults for boards of review must be the exception, not the rule. Registered committee members familiar with the unit program, who have had a background check, and who are Youth Protection trained are preferred. Scheduling boards of review when and where committee members can attend usually alleviates the problem of not having enough committee members for a board.
- Composition for Scouts BSA rank boards of review held in Venturing crews or Sea Scout ships is the same as that for Scouts BSA troops.
Lone Scout Advancement Board of Review
Lone Scouts are not registered in units and the rules are slightly different.
Lone Scout Friend and Counselor Guidebook, 511-420, ©2019 Boy Scouts of America, 2019 Printing
The friend and counselor may contact the district executive or the district or council advancement chair to arrange for a board of review or to obtain guidance on how one should be organized for Tenderfoot; Second Class, First Class, Star, and Life ranks. It may be possible for committee members of a Scout troop to conduct it, or it may be necessary to bring together members of the
community and train them on holding one.
The board is composed of at least three adults—other than the friend and
counselor—who know the Scout and are acquainted with the Scout’s conduct and
accomplishments outside of Scouting. They may be church members, teachers, business
leaders, neighbors, or family friends. Neither of the youth’s parents should serve on a
board of review unless it is not possible to find a sufficient number of other adults who
meet the criteria.
Troop Committee Guidebook
Troop Committee Guidebook - for successful troop operation, pp. 23-24, 34505, ©2018 Boy Scouts of America. 2018 Printing.
Advancement Coordinator - Duties (extract)
- Arrange troop boards of review and courts of honor
- Make a prompt report on the correct form to the council service center when a troop board of review is held. Secure badges and certificates.
(QUESTION: If the board of review is done by another unit, the district or council, who makes the report? I assume the board of review chair person.)
Boards of Review (except for Eagle Scout)
For more information see Troop Committee Guidebook, 2018, pages 40-41.