The final step in earning your Eagle is to take part in a special Eagle Board of Review.
To reach that step, you must finish filling out your Eagle Project Workbook and your Eagle Application. Once those are finished, your Scoutmaster or other designated adult leader must submit your materials to the Council for approval. Once the Council Registrar has approved your application, the district's Eagle Coordinator will contact you to schedule your Eagle Board of Review.
The Eagle Board of Review is usually scheduled for the montly District Roundtable following the approval of your application. However, if there are an unusually large number of candidates, your own Board of Review may be delayed until the next Roundtable.
Preparing for your Board of Review
Preparation will be no challenge for an Eagle candidate:
- Dress in your full "Class A" scout uniform: official shirt, pants, merit badge sash, and so on. This is not an Order of the Arrow event so do not wear your OA sash.
- Bring along any materials relating to your Eagle Project that were not included in your Eagle Project Handbook. These may include notebooks, scrapbooks, photographs, letters of appreciation, etc.
The Board of Review Experience
In 1912, a teen named Arthur Eldred dressed in his full scout uniform to take part in the very first Eagle Board of Review. According to legend, the Board included the following people:
- James E. West, Chief Scout Executive
- "Uncle Dan" Beard, author of American Boy's Handy Book - the prototype for the first Boy Scout Handbook - and the first National Commissioner of the Boy Scouts of America
- Ernest Thompson Seton, Chief Scout, author of Autobiography of a Grizzly and other woodcraft books, and the architect of the "nuts and bolts" of scouting including boy-led units, the badges of rank, and the central role of woodcraft.
Regretably, Eagle River does not have such luminaries on its Board of Review staff, but rest assured that all participants are senior scouting volunteers with years of experience.
Before your review, the Board meets for about 15 minutes to review your application materials and your Eagle Project Workbook.
When they are ready, the Board brings you in for the interview. You may be accompanied by an adult leader from your unit, as long as the leader is not your parent. The Board will ask you questions about your scouting experience, your Eagle Project, and your leadership experience.
The Final Decision
Once the Board has completed its inteview, you will be dismissed from the room so that they may discuss your application. Members of the Board vote individually on your fitness to become an Eagle Scout. The vote must be unanimous.