Appealing a Decision
Appealing a Boy Scout Board of Review Decision
There are two sets of circumstances in which a Scout or his parent(s), acting on his behalf, may appeal a decision.
The first situation occurs when a unit leader or unit committee does not recommend a candidate for a board of review, or refuses to sign the Eagle Scout application such a situation, the candidate or his parent(s) or guardian(s) may appeal the decision. In such cases, the committee hearing the appeal shall decide to grant or not to grant a board of review.
The second situation occurs when a board of review does not recommend a candidate for rank advancement. In such a situation, the Scout or his parents may appeal the decision.
All appeals, under any circumstances, shall initially be directed to the next highest level. If the decision leading to the appeal occurred at the unit level, the appeal shall be directed to the district committee responsible for advancement. If the decision leading to the appeal occurred at the district level (i.e., an Eagle Scout board of review convened by the district), the appeal shall be directed to the council committee responsible for advancement. A decision at either level finding in favor of the Scout shall be final. Units have no right of appeal of a decision.
If the initial committee hearing the appeal does not find in favor of the Scout, he or his parent(s) may appeal that decision to the next highest level. If the initial appeal was made at the district level, the next highest level is the council advancement committee. If the initial decision was made at the council level, or if the council advancement committee upheld the unfavorable finding of the district advancement committee, the Scout and his parent(s) may appeal to the national Boy Scout Committee. All requests for appeal shall be made in writing, signed by the Scout and/or his parents, and shall set forth in detail the reasons for requesting an appeal.
Upon initial receipt of an appeal, the district and the council advancement committee charged with hearing the initial appeal shall provide for a prompt review to determine the facts. All parties must be interviewed or written statements obtained. Confrontations between opposing parties must be avoided. A written report setting out all details of the appeal and the reasons for the committee’s decision shall be prepared and forwarded to the council Scout executive. A copy shall be furnished to the Scout bringing the appeal.
Appeals to the national Boy Scout Committee shall be processed through the local council, and the local council shall furnish copies of all pertinent documentation to the national committee, including a statement of the council’s position on the matter. A copy of the Scout’s Eagle Scout Rank Application shall be included. If the Scout’s Eagle Scout leadership service project is at issue, a copy of the Eagle Scout leadership service project workbook shall be included. All decisions of the national Boy Scout Committee in reference to appeals shall be final.
(see pp. 25-26)
The requirements for advancement is that the Scout participates in a Scoutmaster Conference, not that he 'passes' the conference...However, even after a negative Scoutmaster conference for the ranks of Tenderfoot to Life, if the Scout desires a board of review, he should be granted his request.
(see p. 30) If the board decides that the Scout is not ready to advance, the candidate should be informed and told what he has not done satisfactorily. Most Scouts accept responsibility for not completing the requirements properly. The members of the board of review should specify what must be done to rework the candidate's weaknesses and schedule another board of review for him. A follow-up letter must be sent to a Scout who is turned down for rank advancement, confirming the agreements reached on the actions necessary for advancement. Should the Scout disagree with the decision, the appeal procedures should be explained to him. (See "Appealing a Decision" page 33.)
Eagle Scout Boards of Review
(see p. 30) Because of the importance of the Eagle Scout Award, a unanimous decision must be reached as to the Scout's qualifications. If a unanimous decision is not reached, the applicant must be informed of his options for appealing the decision and the proper process for an appeal, from page 33 in the Advancement Committee Policies and Procedures manual.