We had this discussion in another thread. I agree with @krikkibot that once signed, the requirement is met and the proposal/plan is approved. I also personally do not believe the EBOR has any standing to "fail" a Scout UNLESS it was documented that the Scout failed to meet the requirement.
For example, Section 188.8.131.52 says:
It is acceptable for the coach or the advancement administrator responsible for approval—if he or she becomes concerned the project will not meet the requirements or it will not be completed to the satisfaction of the benefiting organization—to contact the Scout and his parent or guardian, or unit leader and, as appropriate, a representative of the beneficiary. However, even though the project coach may provide guidance critical to success, final design issues are ultimately between the Scout and the beneficiary. For limitations on the coach’s role, see “Eagle Scout Service Project Coach,” 184.108.40.206.
This would excuse the Scout not using any of the suggestions given. They are called "suggestions" for a reason; they are not required to be used. Also, the onus here is upon the district/council "advancement administrator" to contact the Scout about any project short comings. If that didn't happen, the benefit of the doubt goes in the Scout's favor.
As to whether he gets an EBOR or not, this section makes it clear:
If it appears changes will cause results to fall below what is required, then cautionary advice is in order. Except under extreme circumstances, it is not acceptable for unit, or council or district, approval to be withdrawn. If the young man decides to strike out on his own, this is his prerogative. At some point, responsibility must take over. The board of review decides whether planning was sufficient and if the requirement was met.
So the EBOR is granted and the project is reviewed. I *do* think, however, that the last sentence flies in the face of the mantra "once it is earned, it's earned" mantra. Once a requirement is signed off at ANY rank, even Eagle, it is considered done. Same with MBs. BSA should make this section clearer if they mean for the EBOR to be the last stop for approval. They will avoid this very situation is Scout know there's even a whiff of a chance of a completed, signed off project being rejected for some reason by an EBOR.
There is no denying an EBOR (220.127.116.11 Evaluating the Project After Completion). Under this section the Scout is allowed:
- A BOR.
- The chance to update or make additions to his project to meet concerns.
- The right to let the project stand as is for review.
Lastly I will note this quote:
"However, in determining if a project meets requirement 5, reviewers must not require more planning and development than necessary to execute the project. These elements must not overshadow the project itself, as long as the effort was well led, and resulted in otherwise worthy outcome acceptable to the beneficiary."