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New Favorite EBOR Question

Postby ThunderingWind » Thu Nov 12, 2009 10:29 am

I have a new favorite Eagle BoR question.

"If we (the Board) were to have a New Scout (cross over or just plain new) from your Troop and a Webelos II from the feeder Pack come in and tell us about you, what would they say?" Data inside the ( ) is mine for clarity.

My favorite used to be: " What if we decide tonight that we feel you did not qualify/earn/complete the requirements for Eagle?"
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Re: New Favorite EBOR Question

Postby Billiken » Thu Nov 12, 2009 11:46 am

One that could be asked:
"When was the last time you prayed?"

Re " What if we decide tonight that we feel you did not qualify/earn/complete the requirements for Eagle?"
IMHO, I think that's bordering on being mean/cruel.

As the SM for two Scouts who will have their EBORs next month I would be furious if Scouts that I and our Troop CC have approved for an EBOR received this question.

<sarcasm begins>
An extremely polite response should be:
"If you did in fact decide that I'm not qualified for Eagle Scout I would be very upset. Also, I'm sure that my Scoutmaster would like to talk with you. First he'll want to go home and get his BSA uniforms, Eagle medal, NESA Life Membership Card, WoodBadge beads, and FOS checks and bring them here and tell you where you can place them. Thank you." :D
<sarcasm ends>
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Re: New Favorite EBOR Question

Postby FrankJ » Thu Nov 12, 2009 1:49 pm

I was on a EBOR that ask that question. (Not by me). It was a post 18 BOR so the decision would had been final. The scout responded very well. He replied that although he would be disappointed, the journey had is own rewards & it would not change what he had learned. (Paraphrased). Incidentally he was awarded the rank that he had earned.

His SM was in the room so he would not had gone home to find him. :)
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Re: New Favorite EBOR Question

Postby FieldSports » Thu Nov 12, 2009 2:12 pm

Prayed? About 2 minutes before I walked in this room :lol: :lol:

What if they are not required to pray? IMHO "How have you honored your belief in a Higher Being today?"

My favorite is "How do you plan on paying back all the people who have helped you get to this point?"
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Re: New Favorite EBOR Question

Postby evmori » Thu Nov 12, 2009 3:22 pm

Billiken wrote:One that could be asked:
"When was the last time you prayed?"

Re " What if we decide tonight that we feel you did not qualify/earn/complete the requirements for Eagle?"
IMHO, I think that's bordering on being mean/cruel.


Why do you feel that is a mean/cruel question? I think it's a great question! The answer will tell you a lot about the Scout!
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Re: New Favorite EBOR Question

Postby Bill Pitcher » Thu Nov 12, 2009 4:55 pm

I like to ask: What do the last five words of the Scout Oath mean to you?"

OR: "What would be a great 13th. Scout Law?"

OR: "Who was the greatest influence on your reaching this point in your Scouting career?"

OR: "What has been the greatest Scouting event you have attended with the troop, council or the OA?" To list just a few!
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Re: New Favorite EBOR Question

Postby AquilaNegra2 » Fri Nov 13, 2009 4:03 am

One that gets asked in every BOR, including Eagle:

Which point of the Scout law is the most difficult for you to keep, and why?

Verrrrrry interesting answers. It really says a lot about them.
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Re: New Favorite EBOR Question

Postby lifescoutforlife » Fri Nov 13, 2009 7:40 am

What has your Scout Master done for you that means the most to you?
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Re: New Favorite EBOR Question

Postby Mrw » Fri Nov 13, 2009 9:11 am

"If you had to eliminate one point of the Scout Law, which would it be and why?"

I have heard some pretty interesting answers to this one too. It certainly makes them think and explain where they are coming from.

My younger son reportedly said "kind" since he figured helpful, friendly and courteous covered most of that territory.
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Re: New Favorite EBOR Question

Postby smtroop168 » Fri Nov 13, 2009 12:21 pm

I have many but here are a couple:

You are the Chief Scout Executive for a day....what would you change about the Boy Scout Program?

How did you Lead your project and what Eagle required MBs helped you with your project?

And I have a new one:

Do you think Wagion should give partial MBs for Climbing? :lol: :lol:
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Re: New Favorite EBOR Question

Postby ronin718 » Fri Nov 13, 2009 12:58 pm

smtroop168 wrote:Do you think Wagion should give partial MBs for Climbing? :lol: :lol:


His guys already do. It's called "your troop leadership will need to verify your first aid and knots".
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Re: New Favorite EBOR Question

Postby wagionvigil » Fri Nov 13, 2009 1:47 pm

ronin718 wrote:
smtroop168 wrote:Do you think Wagion should give partial MBs for Climbing? :lol: :lol:


His guys already do. It's called "your troop leadership will need to verify your first aid and knots".

That is only for the kids that complete the practical part. If they fail to rappel or fail to climb they get 0
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Re: New Favorite EBOR Question

Postby Billiken » Fri Nov 13, 2009 2:27 pm

smtroop168 wrote:Do you think Wagion should give partial MBs for Climbing? :lol: :lol:


ROTFL :D :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: New Favorite EBOR Question

Postby ronin718 » Mon Nov 16, 2009 11:51 am

wagionvigil wrote: That is only for the kids that complete the practical part. If they fail to rappel or fail to climb they get 0

Rightly so. After all, how can you get a Climbing MB if you don't actually climb?
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Re: New Favorite EBOR Question

Postby Chief J » Mon Nov 16, 2009 2:12 pm

My favorite last question is:

What question are you glad we did not ask you tonight?

after the Scout responds I then ask them to answer the question they posed.

Additionally, I preface the question that they must respond (I do not let them get out by saying that we asked everything.)

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