A Board of Review is required as the final step for advancement for each rank as a Boy Scout. This periodic review of the progress of a Scout also aids in the evaluation of the effectiveness of the Scouting program in the unit.
A periodic review of the progress of a Scout is vital to the evaluation of the effectiveness of the Scouting program in the unit.
Not only is it important to review those Scouts who have learned and been tested for a rank, but also to review those Scouts who have shown no progress in their advancement over the past few months.
The board of review for Tenderfoot through Life ranks and Eagle Palms is made up of at least three and not more than six members of the troop committee. One member serves as chairman, usually the advancement coordinator. A Scout's unit leaders (e.g. Scoutmaster), assistant unit leaders (e.g., assistant Scoutmasters), relatives, or guardians may not serve as members of his board of review and are not permitted at the Board of Review.
There are two sets of circumstances in which a Scout or his parent(s) or guardian(s), acting on his behalf, may appeal a decision:
- A unit leader or unit committee does not recommend a Scout for a board of review, or refuses to sign the Eagle Scout application.
- A board of review does not recommend a candidate for rank advancement.