Bronx River District
Greater New York Councils
Boy Scouts of America
Eagle Candidate Preparation Course
Reminder For The Eagle Scout Board Of Review
The following pages contain sample questions that may be used by an Eagle Board. The Board need not be limited to these questions nor will you be able to use all of these questions, but this format will assist you in determining if the Scout is ready for advancement to the rank of Eagle Scout; the most prestigious award that can be given to a youth in the world. Before the interview begins the Board will have to take time to review the Scouts Project Book. This way you can formulate questions of your own to ask him. Those questions that are colored brown were provided by Troop 1919, Boy Scouts of America, located in Dale City, Virginia and chartered to the Veterans of Foreign War, Post 1503.
Any Unit that wishes to use any of these questions may do so. Any Life Scout who will be coming before an Eagle Board soon, can make a copy of these questions and review his answers, beforehand.
Yours In Scouting,
Sample Eagle Scout Review Questions
- What is your full name?
- How do you get along in school with your classmates and teachers?
- Do you participate in any school activities?
- With whom do you live?
- What do you do to make your home a pleasant place to live?
- List your home chores. Do you think any of them are unfair?
- Talk about your relationships at home.
- Talk about your relationship with your relatives. Are there any you dislike and why?
- Talk about your relationship with your friends.
- Describe your best friend. Do not name him. What are his good qualities and what are his poor qualities?
- How do you cope with the qualities you do not like in him?
- What do you think is your weakest point? Explain.
- What do you think is your strongest point? Explain.
- What are your ambitions? Re: college, career, work, etc.
- Outside of your family and scouting, who is the most important person in your life? Why?
- Who are some other people who have helped to shape your life?
- How does Scouting influence your interactions with people?
- What hobbies do you have and explain them.
- Tell me some other things that you enjoy doing besides your hobbies?
- What do you think is your greatest talent? How are you using this talent?
- Are you ever lazy? Explain.
- If you could have 3 wishes granted what would they be? (Take your time.)
- What kind of religious involvement do you have?
- Do you believe in God?
- What religious activities do you participate in at the present time?
- What religious awards have you earned? How do you feel about earning them?
- Are you working on any religious award of faith at the present time?
- Have you ever used alcohol?
- Have you ever used drugs?
- How do you handle the peer pressure about alcohol and drug use?
- What is one thing you learned the hard way?
- Can you take disappointment?
- Have you ever entered into a competition that you knew you would win “hands down,” only to come out in second place at the end? Any competition: sports, band, school or individual events. How did you handle it?
- How many days were you absent from school last year? This year? Why?
- How do you spend your free time?
- Do you have a personal motto? If so, what is it or what might it be?
- When was the last time you really went out of your way to help someone? Explain.
- Whom do you love the most?
- How do you show this love? Have you told them recently that you love them?
- How do you earn your spending money?
- What type of books do you like to read? Can you give me the name or title of the last book you read that was not for school?
- If you had the opportunity to meet and talk for an hour with any person in the world (alive or dead), who would it be and what would you ask that person?
What Do You Think?
- Do you feel ready to become an Eagle Scout? Why?
- How old are you? Don't you think you are to young to become an Eagle Scout?
- Do you think other people may think you are to young, especially other Scouts?
- Why do you want to become an Eagle Scout?
- What do you think about the Boy Scout advancement program? How does that compare to what you do in school?
- How do you feel about the Scout uniform? Do you wear it to the meeting or do change when you get to the meeting? Are you always ready for inspections?
- How do you feel about the adult leadership of your Troop?
- Take a recent news item and talk about it. (You do not have to talk about a religious or political item).
- Give us your feelings about prejudice?
- What do you think about boys who are handicapped becoming Scouts?
- Mentally awake can mean several things; one of which is being aware of what is happening in your neighborhood or community. How do you keep up with community news?
- Being morally straight in today's society is tough. How do you adhere to this part of the Scout Oath?
- How do you deal with telling your friends "NO" when they want to do something that you know is not right?
- Did you ever go on an adult Web Site on the Internet? Was this by accident or did your friends tell you to do it?
- If a girl, whom you like or were trying to impress, asked you to do something that you thought was wrong how would you handle this situation?
- Why do you think teenagers hang out?
- What are your views concerning teenage sexuality?
- If your best friend had a serious problem, that could endanger him or her, how would you handle this even though you might have to break his or her confidence which would make them very, very angry?
- What do you think about some people who are "WISE GUYS?" Are you one? Why, or why not?
- If you have a problem who is the one person that you would trust to help you? Are you sure?
- Who do you think is most responsible for your being here today?
- Do you think that you will be able to remember the obligation of a Scout “to help others at all times” as you grow into an adult? What will help you to remember this fundamental ideal?
- What constitutes a “Good Turn for you? Tell a "Good Turn" you've done recently.
- How do you get along with the other Scouts in the Troop?
- Did you ever have any conflicts with anybody in the Troop? Explain.
- How has your attendance been at Troop meetings. overnights, swims and other Troop events?
- Have you been carrying any additional responsibilities in the Troop since you became a Life Scout? How do you go about it?
- What is the Buddy System? How do you feel about it?
- What does “sight and sound” mean when you are at any Scout camp?
- What does it mean when your accept responsibility for something?
- How does accepting responsibility for a project make you feel?
- How are you living up to your responsibilities in your unit?
- You are in charge of a group. The group becomes unruly. What are you going to do about this?
- How have you helped the younger Scouts in your Troop?
- Have you ever led a campfire ceremony? Tell us about it. If not why not?
- What are some of the 12 Leadership Skills and explain one of those you named.
- What do you think makes your Troop function so well?
- What strengths and weaknesses have you noticed in the various Patrols? What would you suggest to correct those weaknesses?
- What is the Patrol Method?
- What do you think of the Patrol Method?
- How has the Troop performed in giving the Patrols the support they need?
- How can the Troop improve on its Training of Junior Leaders?
- What do you do personally to make your Troop a better one?
- How do you see your role in the Troop changing after you become an Eagle?
- Why do you think Scouting has lasted so long and spread worldwide?
- Why did you become a Scout?
- What have you gotten out of the Scouting program?
- How are you different now, than when you joined Scouting?
- What was your favorite Merit Badges? Why?
- What was your least favorite Merit Badges. Why?
- What was the toughest Merit Badges that you took on your Trail to Eagle? Why?
- What was the easiest Merit Badges? Why?
- Which Merit Badges do you think will help you the most in life? Why?
- List the Troop positions you have held.
- Which position has been the most rewarding and why?
- In the different Scouting leadership positions that you have held, do you feel that you did your best, at all times, to make that position function the best you could? If not, what would you do differently?
- Do you know how to swim?
- Did you learn how to swim while you were a Boy Scout?
- Are you a member of the Order Of The Arrow?
- What do you think about this organization?
- What is the most important award you earned in Scouting before today?
- Have you earned any specialty badges, i.e., Mile Swim, BSA Lifeguard, World Conservation Award, Arrow of Light, etc.,
- Approximately how many overnights have you been on?
- How many times have you gone to summer camp?
- Have you ever taken a Junior Leader Training course or workshop?
- What do you think about Scoutmaster Conferences? Why?
- How do you feel about Boards Of Review? Why?
- Now that you have at least 21 Merit Badges, do you think that any one you have earned might lead you into a life career? Which one?
- What further responsibilities does the earning of the 21 Merit Badges, especially the required ones, place upon you as a citizen?
- What is an Eagle Scouts duty to his country?
- What is an Eagle Scouts duty to the Boy Scouts of America?
- If you become an Eagle Scout, do you intend to earn your Eagle Palms?
The Eagle Project:
- You did projects for Star, Life and now Eagle. What is the difference between them, not in the work but in terms of the idea?
- Talk about your Eagle Project.
- How did you come up with the idea?
Did you have any difficulty planning your project?
- How did you go about doing your project?
- How did you demonstrate leadership during your project?
- How much cooperation did you get when you asked for help?
- Was their any Scout who refused to help you and do you know the reason why?
- Whom did your project help?
- What was the hardest part of your project?
- What problems did you encounter and how did you overcome them?
- Did you learn any new skills or did you improve on any old skills while doing your project?
- Did you help on any other present Eagle Scout candidates project? Whose? Why?
- Now that you have completed your Eagle project, honestly rate it on a scale from 1 to 10. Why?
The Big Picture:
- What do your friends say about you being a Boy Scout? Do they even know that you are in Scouting?
- Please recite the Scout Law.
- What is the most important part of the Scout Law? Why?
- Lets say the BSA decide to shorten the Scout Law, and you had to eliminate one of the twelve points; which one would you eliminate and why?
- If you could, what would you replace that point with?
- What does “A Scout is Reverent” mean to you?
- Please recite the Scout Oath or Promise.
- What is “Honor?" What does it mean when you say ”On My Honor?"
- What is the most important part of the Scout Oath or Promise. Why?
- How do you keep yourself “Mentally Awake?" “Morally Straight?"
- What is the one thing that you most like about Scouting? Explain.
- What is the one thing that you most dislike about Scouting? Explain.
- The second motto of the Boy Scouts is “Take nothing but pictures, Leave nothing but footprints.” Can you explain this statement?
- What is the BSA low impact camping program?
- What is the newest Scout slogan and can you explain it? (Character Counts ...)
- What is the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA)?
- What is the most important boy leadership position in the Troop? Why?
- Tell the Board about the times the uniform must be worn and why?
- Does it bother you that you are told constantly that you represent your unit?
- How do you feel that becoming an Eagle might affect your life?
- What about being an Eagle Scout will be toughest for you, knowing that people will have high expectations from you. How will you cope with this?
- What burdens and responsibilities come with being an Eagle? Are you prepared for them?
- What is the one piece of advice you would give to a teenage son?
- Would you suggest to your son or sons that they become Boy Scouts?
- How would you help out in this endeavor?
- Once you become 18 will you continue in the Scouting program and in what capacity?
- What is the one thing in Scouting that you will carry with you for the rest of your life?
- If you could send one message to every Scout, what would it be?
- Have you ever felt that any one person (youth or adult) epitomized leadership? What made this person such a strong role model?
- Do you understand that when this Board of Review votes on you, after you are excused, that the vote has to be unanimous for recommendation for Eagle certification? Do you think this fair?
- Do you feel this has been a fair Board of Review?
- If you do not pass this Board how would you handle the disappointment?
- What will you do if after tonight's Board of Review, you are recommended to become an Eagle Scout?
- Do you have any suggestions for forthcoming Eagle candidates of your Troop about service projects?
- What suggestions or help will you be able to give to future Life Scouts of your Troop about this whole process?
- Is there anything else you would like to say to this Board of Review before you are excused?
We wish you luck on your Eagle Board!
Troop 240, Bronx River District, Greater New York Councils
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