I spend a lot of time thinking about what it is we do in Trail Life USA, and what we are trying to accomplish. To that end, I have gone over the requirements for the Horizon Award extensively and compiled a list of possible Board of Review questions for a Horizon Award candidate. Obviously you aren’t going to ask All forty-five, and you might be inspired to write your own after reading these, using none of mine. That said, these are here for you to use if you desire. Look them over, see which ones resonate with you, and go from there!
When you get to the end of the list, there’s also a gift idea, should you wish to reward a young man who earns the Horizon Award!
Without further ado, I present, 45 Questions to ask a Horizon Award candidate:
What was your worst Troop camping experience?
What did you learn from it?
How have you contributed to First Officers’ Conferences during the past six months?
Why do you think the Citizenship, Family Man and Personal Resources Trail Badges Are required for the Horizon Award?
What leadership position do you currently hold?
What challenges has your position presented?
How have you handled difficulties in your leadership position?
Of the Trail Badges that you have earned, which one do you think will be most beneficial to you in the future?
Do you have brothers in Trail Life or sisters in American Heritage Girls?
How can you assist them in reaching their goals?
Why do you think the Ready Trailman Rank And Horizon Award both require so many service hours?
Do you think that you will carry a commitment to serving your community into adulthood?
What do you believe is the purpose of a Board of Review?
Why do you think the words Adventure, Character and Leadership are featured prominently in the Trail Life USA logo?
The Trailman Oath states that we should “respect authority.” Why do you think that’s important?
That Trailman Oath states that we should “be a good steward of Creation.” Why do you believe that’s important?
Where do you think Trail Life found the phrase “Treat others as I want to be treated” that is part of the Trailman Oath?
Have you decided what you want to do for your Servant Leadership Project?
Do you feel as though Trail Life USA has been a valuable use of your time since joining?
How has being a member of this Troop changed the way you deal with the people around you?
Aside from your parents, who has had the biggest impact on you? Why?
What is the most difficult part of the Trailman Oath for you to live out in your daily life, and why?
What does the phrase “Walk Worthy” mean to you?
What do you think we can do to improve our Troop?
What should other leaders expect of you, if they know that you’ve earned the Horizon Award?
How can you make an impact on the lives and growth of the Trailmen in the Woodlands Trail Program?
Why do you think we utilize the Patrol Method in Troop XX?
Can you explain any personal growth you’ve experienced as a result of participating in your Patrol?
Tell me about a time when you had to deal with another Trailman not doing his part during a campout. Do you think you handled it well? How could you have improved that interaction?
Tell me how you contributed to the overall betterment of the most recent campout.
How many campouts have you attended this program year? Which was your favorite and why?
How have you contributed to the betterment of Troop XX since becoming an Adventurer?
What is the one skill you think that you could most improve in your leadership abilities?
What was the most difficult Trail Badge you had to earn for your Horizon Award?
Do you plan to pursue the Freedom Award? Why do you want (or not want) to earn it?
Have you decided what Freedom Experiences you will pursue? Why did you choose those specific experiences?
What outdoor skill do you enjoy the most and why?
What was your favorite experience during your Trail Life USA “career” and why? What, if anything, did you learn from it?
How do you feel about your First Aid skills?
Do you plan to serve in leadership positions after earning your Horizon Award?
Do you think that participating in Trail Life USA has positively influenced your character?
Tell me about two of the Elective Trail Badges you’ve earned. Why did you choose them? What did you learn from them?
How many Troop Events have you participated in during this past program year? Do you think you should have been more involved?
Have you participated in any of our High Adventure Trips? What did you get out of that?
Have you ever taught a Woodlands Trail unit? ***If yes - What did you get out of that? ***If no - Why not?
What do you guys think?
Any ideas for questions that I should add to the list?
Any of these rub you funny? Let me know if you think I should remove any, and why.
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