Re: Eagle Court of Honor
Settummanque, the blackeagle (WALTOML@WKUVX1.BITNET)
Wed, 9 Jun 1993 19:19:01 CDT
(Paul Russell writes to all):
>>I've been asked to be the "guest speaker" at an Eagle Court of Honor for
>>one of my wife's relatives. I've been both participant and observer at
>>several Eagle Courts of Honor, but I've never been the "guest speaker".
>>I've been told that I should plan to speak 5-10 minutes and that the
>>topic is up to me. Other individuals will be taking care of the Trail
>>to Eagle, the Challenge, and the Charge, so I guess that means that
>>I'm supposed to say something "meaningful" and/or "inspirational".
>>I've got some ideas, but I'd also like to know what others have done (or
>>seen done). I'm open to advice/suggestion. YiS, pdr
(Don Newcomb wrote in reply)
>I was at an Eagle CoH recently and I would ask that you please NOT
>mention one thing: How good an Eagle looks on a job application or
>resume'. I swear! If I hear it one more time I will scream!
Well....*leaning back in chair and crossing hands behind head*.......
This is one of the things that I love to do ( and do well for the cost
of a CSP, mug and travel expenses..short plug here!), so I won't share
ALL of my "trade secrets" but I will share SOME with you and everyone
else that gets this GREAT HONOR (and it _is_ that, a great honor!) and
find themselves at a quandry!
First off, review what that Scout has done to get at this point in his
life. The program will (I hope) mention his merit badges and rank
advancement, so skip that. Everyone can read about that...and will
have time to at least look at it. Hopefully, he will have a display
or someone else will tell about the Service Project, so don't bother
revisiting that. Also don't talk about what leadership he's done in
the Troop directy.
Things that say that are "meaningful" and "inspirational", I feel is
* No other organization except the BSA allows its youth members to
lead and fail in the process without some kind of penalty for that
failure. In the "real world", even as little as one failure results
in your dismissal. The BSA's leadership development program builds
confidence and reliance upon others as well as yourself.
* American businesses are now turning to multi-million dollar
"consultants" whom are telling them that they need to rearrange their
companies and run them in manners that Scout Troops have been doing
for years: representive decision-making. It was really funny to me
when I read in our state newspaper that Toyota Motor Manufacturing was
sending American executives over to Japan to play games, to involve
themselves in programs designed to "learn about each other", to train
them on how to organize "quality circles" and how to lead meetings and
off-site activities (like ball games or picnics).
Those are all things that the average Scout and that the Eagle knows
how to do well.
* Speaking of money, TRW, a worldwide research and financial services
corporation, conducted research on behalf of a local Council in
California as a way to get companies interested in financially
supporting Scouting. They found that if the services of the BSA had
to be paid for, that the equalent amount of money needed to produce
one Eagle Scout is (in 1990 dollars) over $54,000 over the three year
Scouting experience. That makes the Eagle Scout more than just "a
good leader", it makes him marketable--and combined with the four year
undergraduate experience in a public college, and TRW says that
compaired to the average graduate in the same college degree program
attending the same school, that the Eagle Scout would net $13-16K MORE
than those that went to college and got the same degree. The Eagle
Scout Badge is a marketable commodity!!
* How about those......"Eagirs~?~?~?~?gle Scouts" continue to be one
of the "things" that kids want to be "when they grow up" according to
a survey of elementary schools in several states and published by the
Association of Elementary School Education in 1988. At that time, the
top was ball players...but "Eagle Scouts" was actually thought of by
16% of the boys and 9 percent of the girls. Too bad that the girls
can't be Eagle Scouts too.
* For $9.75 you get.....*anyone* can purchase a Eagle Scout Badge, and
the retail price of a Eagle Scout medal is only a little short of ten
dollars. However, those whom trade in Scout memorbilia, members of
the National Scout Traders Association, won't trade or purchase Eagle
Scout Badges from anyone. Their president has went on record as
stating that "we would rather donate it to a Council to display than
to get any kind of gain from the sales of such a piece of Americana".
Yet, each year, there are about 200 or so Eagle Scout medals that are
auctioned off at estate or personal affects auctions, and those medals
get amounts ranging from $300 to over 2,000 dollars. As you will hear
from many, many others, the true test of an Eagle is NOT their ability
to produce a badge and say "I am a Eagle Scout"; rather it is the
ability to produce examples of what an Eagle Scout *is*.
* Finally, you might want to emphasize that the world is the same
world in which the award was created for over 80 years ago. Yes, the
number and type of badges needed has changed. Yes , there are lots
more leadership and followship experiences to take part in. And the
nature of school, work and play has changed too. However, the Eagle
Scout badge, created in 1910 and first awarded two years later, was
designed to "test, evaluate and movitate" Boy Scouts in areas of
leadership and creativity. It was never a longitivity award. It
instead was a badge which recognizes then as now those Scouts that
wanted to see how far they can go...to test their abilities at
directing others in projects designed to address REAL needs of their
communities...to evaluate their committment to the principles of the
Scouting program....and to motivate them to do more for others after
their experiences in Scouting are little more than pleasent memories.
(and for Don Newcomb) ...and it's a great line to place on ANYONE's
(Don....in 1987, I had to review applications for vacanices while I
was working at J.C. Penneys...and I came across this really great
resume. This person was in the Army for four years, working in an
electronic maintenance shop. Worked at a appliance store in Nebraska
before that, and had two years of college at the University and
managed to complete a bachelors' degree while on active duty
(something difficult to do, but not impossible). This person was also
into computers (something that at that time, I was not into, but
curious about), loved to travel and meet people and was into outdoor
This person also stated something that placed the application at the
top of the pile for me...."Eagle Scout".
My boss, Sheldon Bynum, asked me "You found one?" (someone to call in
for an interview). "Yep...I sure did.....Deirdre Marie......WHAT!"
Yep, sure enough, at least one person KNEW how to make her name stand
out in the ocean of resumes and application letters....it's not the
paper, or the color, or even the typeface used.
It's those ten letters which mean so much to others..: Eagle Scout.
*heheheh* (couldn't resist!)
Hey...I think that I've written ten minutes worth of material for
you *hehehe* Good luck, and let us know how it turns out!
Mike L. Walton
"now coming to a local Council near you" *hehehe*
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