Composition of a Board of Review
For all ranks (except Eagle) and Eagle palms, the Board of Review consists of three to six members of the Troop Committee. The Troop Advancement Chairperson typically acts as the chairperson of the Board of Review. Relatives or guardians may not serve as members of a Scout’s Board of Review. Unit leaders (Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmasters, Varsity Coach, Post Advisor, etc.) should not participate in a Board of Review unless absolutely necessary. For lower ranks, Boards of Review might take fifteen minutes or so. For higher ranks, they should take progressively longer, up to 45 minutes to an hour for Eagle.
For the rank of Eagle, the Board of Review also consists of three to six members drawn from Scouting and the community. The members of the Board of Review are selected by the troop Advancement Chairman, however; in addition, at least one member of the District Advancement Committee must be on the Board of Review for Eagle, and serves as chairperson of the Board of Review. Uniformed leaders from the Scout’s own unit, relatives, or guardians may not serve as members of a Scout’s Board of Review. A Board of Review for Eagle may contain members of the community who are not registered Scouters; however, they should be knowledgeable of the principles of Scouting. For example, a representative from a chartering organization, an adult Eagle Scout (even if not currently registered), or a religious leader are frequently asked to assist with an Eagle Board of Review. The Scout may request an individual to be a member of his Board of Review.