Boards of Review are the last step of achieving Scouts BSA ranks from Tenderfoot to Eagle (no BOR is required for Scout rank). Scouts ready for Eagle rank should reach out to NEIC to schedule an Eagle Board of Review.
In Troop 28, BORs for Tenderfoot to Life rank are regularly scheduled in the last 5-10 days prior to each Court of Honor. If a scout is ready in between COHs, they can request a BOR at any time from the Advancement Chair. A scout does not need to have all requirements completed to SCHEDULE or request a BOR, but they must have all requirements, including merit badges and Scoutmaster conference completed prior to SITTING for a Board of Review. Scouts are encouraged to reach out to schedule both a Scoutmaster conference and BOR as soon as they have a tangible plan for completing their last few rank requirements.
Note: while BORs are often conducted immediately prior to Courts of Honor, ranks are effective as of the date of the review — not the date of the COH. The COH is merely an occasion to celebrate (and motivate, as needed) the scouts’ achievements.