I see that , as unit BoRs for the lesser ranks are done POSSIBLY according to BSA National guidelines, but are sometimes done however the unit Scouters think they should be done (enough discussion about that on these forums, eh?) , EBoRs are, by contrast, accomplished in very formal, regular, absolutely BSA regulation everyone the same style.... not.
Here in Murlen, our District Eagle Coordinators (three in our District) schedule three regular, monthly EBoR sessions. Each Troop calls ahead to the DEC of their choice to schedule the EBoR for their candidate. Each Ecandidate is expected to be (1) escorted to the EBoR by their SM or ASM, and a parent or two, (2) come fully, correctly uniformed (socks might not be checked, but neat clean shoes. Uni trou might be newly bought or borrowed). (3) At the session, the accompanying SM and parent(s) are "volunteered" to serve on one of the other EBoRs held that night (yes, usually more than one. If none scheduled, the DECs have that night off!). None may serve on the EBoR for their Scout. (4)Each EBoR is chaired by someone on the District Advancement Committee. (5) The EBoR is given all the Ecandidates records and reviews them, MBrecord, project, intro letters, and all. Yes, this is the final check, after Council. Yes, I have seen some discrepancies found and corrected right there. (5) The SM comes in and introduces the Ecandidate to the EBoR and then leaves the room. (6) It happens. (7) If he is passed, everyone on the EBoR sign the paperwork .
When Scoutson had his, it lasted about 25 minutes. He said it was "interesting" and he had been "challenged" by some of the discussion. The board members came up to me and Good Wife after and complimented us on our son. Good Wife served on one, said she had not been in something like that before, but she enjoyed it. We were given a list of sample questions and some pre-board instruction. We had 4 adults on my board , one other Scouter besides me. The Scout we "drew" in my board had one problem with a MB that had a date that did not match the rest of his record , but we were able to explain that with some discussion with his SM. It was not critical to his passing and had been a "partial" from summer camp that was completed months later. He was, as I remember, a very personable young man. I'd vote for him for governor in twenty years....
Edited by SSScout, 20 July 2016 - 09:18 AM.