I confess I like da Troop Vote idea. Maybe even ask the boys to write a brief reason for their vote. The boys see the behavior of other boys when no adults are watching, eh?
No reason why the lad can't ask for a Troop Vote as soon as he gets Life, eh? Then one of two things will happen. The boys will affirm their confidence in him, or the lad will learn that he's got some work to do. I think that sort of feedback would be powerful. Troop Votes would be good for only 6 months or so, eh? It should be how you're showin' Scout Spirit now, not how yeh showed Scout Spirit once upon a time.
If there are disciplinary issues and if the scout is not living by the scout oath and law, then that's another matter, but as long as the scout meets the requirements, and challenges, that have been put before him, then why try to hold them back or deprive them of what they've rightfully earned.
I think @SSF captured da spirit of what I'm talkin' about best. My view is pretty similar to @Venividi's and many others. Eagle isn't somethin' yeh get for just not doing bad things that require you to be disciplined. It's recognition for goin' out of your way to do good things, at some personal cost in terms of time, effort, etc. Eagle Scout represents positive character, not da absence of negative character. For me at least. Put another way, just because yeh weren't expelled doesn't mean yeh should be in da National Honor Society. I view Eagle Scout more like bein' in da National Honor Society than bein' a fellow who just barely graduated by fulfillin' the minimum credit requirements.
Maybe that's where we're gettin' confused, eh? Cub Scoutin' creeps into Boy Scoutin' all the time, and in Cub Scoutin' the awards line up with grade levels. Cub Scout awards are more like "graduating" from the 3rd to the 4th grade. We adopted a bit of that mentality with First Class First Year, eh? Turned it more into a time-based graduation sort of thing rather than a skills-based award boys pursue at their own pace.
Maybe we should have some sort of "graduation" certificate in Scoutin' that represents doin' all da requirements. Once-and-done, checked da box, no adding, pretty much everybody on the same timetable, no character or other "subjective" evaluation required, yeh can pass with a "D" grade. Then we could use Eagle (or some other awards) to recognize the boys who really represent "Eagle Scout" to most of us. There'd be less confusion.
I confess I feel a bit sorry for boys who never get any sort of subjective evaluation or feedback as youth, eh? Seems like they'd be handicapped in life, since every evaluation they'll ever experience from here on out will have a subjective component. College admissions, military promotions, job interviews, work evaluations, assessment of their papers and presentations, etc. Character, commitment, and ability — whether others view you as Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful and Competent— those are the things that are goin' to matter da most to a boy's future.