In non-COVID times, we conduct Scoutmaster Conferences and Boards of Review only during campouts. Today, however, we are conducting both meetings over Zoom. Please contact Chris Pantaenius if you need to schedule a Scoutmaster Conference or Board of Review.
The Scoutmaster Conference is an opportunity for the Scout and Scoutmaster to visit and review progress on requirements, service and leadership. It’s also a time to review the Scout’s ambitions, set goals for the future and solicit feedback from the Scout regarding any challenges and/or recommendations the Scout may have for program improvement. This is typically a one-to-one conversation in the visual presence of other leaders; however, over Zoom there are 3 participants: (1) the Scout, (2) the Scoutmaster, and (3) one additional adult leader to maintain 2-deep leadership online.
The Board of Review is scheduled after the Scoutmaster Conference. It is the Board’s job to determine the quality of the Scout’s experience and to decide whether the requirements for the rank have been fulfilled. If so, the Board not only approves the Scout’s advancement, but also provides encouragement and advice in the Scout’s pursuit of the next rank. The Board may consist of any three trained adult leaders who are not (1) the Scoutmaster or (2) the parents of the Scout.