OA Eagle Court of Honor (long posting)
Fred Rogers 2-4300 (ROGERSFN@GDLVM7.VNET.IBM.COM)
Sat, 12 Jun 1993 09:24:40 EDT
Several people asked for copies of the OA Eagle Court of Honor. I
decided that the simplest thing to do would be to post the ceremony.
It is not so long that it was a problem to get entered into the
computer. Maybe it will be a starting point for getting several
ceremonies finally entered into my computer for sharing with others. I
tried to reply to those who requested copies, but had mailer problems
yesterday. (That's why this does not come from my regular id.) In any
case, the OA Eagle ceremony follows.
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Eagle Presentation Ceremony
Order of the Arrow
Setting: If the candidate is a member of the Order of the Arrow,
this ceremony could be most appropriate. It requires a
total of six members of the Order, in Indian dress; a
ceremonial campfire could be used as a backdrop, also.
Indians enter either in silence or chanting in a low
voice either from backstage, if a stage is used, or
from the rear of the audience, if no stage is
available. They would form with the four winds on one
side, Allowat in the center of the the stage area, and
Kinet off to the side near the candidate.
Allowat: [Give the sign for quiet.]
I have led my braves to the summit of this mountain in
a long journey from our camp to show you the rewards of
your climb along the trail. When you began this trip
as a young Cub Scout or Boy Scout of the trail many
years ago, you had this mountain top as your goal. You
now have reached the summit, the realm of the Eagles.
But before admitting you to this honored membership, we
must first hear the story of your long climb along the
Kinet: This Scout, after reaching the First Class rank, has
worked diligently and has sought experts who gave him
valuable counsel on many subjects. He has been given
advice and encouragement along the trail by capable
Allowat: Before admitting this Scout to the realm of the Eagle,
I would like to have assurance that he has been
faithful in serving his troop, in giving leadership to
younger Scouts, and that he is entitled to wear the
wings of the Eagle. Scoutmaster _____________, has
your Scout met these qualifications?
Scoutmaster: Yes, he has.
Allowat: Scout ______________, you have worked to the point
where you are about to become an Eagle. But, listen
first to the wisdom of the winds.
East Wind: I am the spirit of the East Wind. I represent the
common law, your duty to God and to country.
Trustworthy, loyal, and helpful, are the qualities
which a man must possess who lives by the laws and
rules of this land. See that we do not lose this great
blessing of a lawful land.
West Wind: As the spirit of the West Wind, I represent the law of
equity, your duty to country and to others, friendly,
courteous, and kind are the laws that breathe of
conscience. They create the atmosphere that comes from
within your heart. The desire for you always to be
friend to those of all ages, young and old alike.
Courteous to those who pass along your trail. Cast
away the harmful spirit of unfriendliness and
South Wind: I am the spirit of the South Wind. I represent the
civil law, your duty to others and to self. Obedient,
cheerful, and thrifty are the characteristics of
civility. A life of cheerful obedience is necessary
for the development of a true citizen. Obedience is
something everyone has to learn--to take orders and
carry them out cheerfully. Real thrift means earning,
spending wisely and saving, and to share with those
North Wind: I am the spirit of the North Wind, the most powerful of
all. I represent the divine law. Brave, clean,
reverent. To be brave is to be unselfish. To be clean
in body and soul is to be pure in heart. Cast from
your mind and body any evil spirit that tries to weaken
or destroy the divine law. Live a life of reverence.
Be brave and clean.
Allowat: Through all the climb up the Scouting trail, the badges
have changed as your abilities grew. But one pledge
remained unchanged, the Scout Oath. Is there any
reason why you as a new Eagle cannot renew this promise
which you first made as a new Scout.
Allowat: Then you will make the Scout sign and state the Scout
Oath slowly and clearly.
Candidate: [Repeats the Scout Oath slowly.]
Allowat: Scouting has been a great influence in your life. It
has supplemented the effect of your home, your church,
and your school. You climbed through the ranks of
Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class.
Kinet: Then additional merit badges allowed your to be a Star,
while still more and harder ones found you wearing the
heart of a Life Scout. More time and much harder
requirements found you adding to your qualifications
until now you have reached the highest rank in Scouting
achievement, the Eagle.
Allowat: Without the love and guidance of understanding parents,
a boy is severely handicapped. Your mother has watched
you grow and develop. She has worked for you in
health, nursed you in sickness, guided your thoughts
and actions, and helped you in untold ways. Your
father has been a strength to lean on, someone to turn
to in times of trouble and for help. Your home
influence will last you throughout your life. I ask
your parents to stand beside you as a symbol that they
will continue to help the young Eagle to grow in the
qualities of leadership and citizenship which a true
Eagle must have.
[The four winds escort the parents to the side of the
Kinet: As a token of your willingness to continue your help
for this young Eagle, I ask you, Mrs. ______________,
to pin the Eagle badge on your son.
[She does so.]
Scout, your have seen how your mother plans to stand by
you in the future. Do you now promise to do your best
as an Eagle Scout?
Kinet: Then you now have the honor to pin a miniature Eagle
pin on your mother.
[He does so.]
Mr. ______________, please read the letter to your son
from the Chief Scout Executive and present him with the
Eagle certificate and letter.
[He does so.]
Allowat: As Ceremonial Chief, I now call upon Mr. ______________
to give the new Eagle the charge.
[Any of the forms of the charge may be used here.]
[When the charge is finished, the four winds step, one
at a time, to the new Eagle, and each puts his right
hand on the Eagle's right shoulder as he states the
East Wind: Remember the common law: Trustworthy, loyal, helpful.
West Wind: Remember the law of equity: Friendly, courteous, kind.
South Wind: Remember the civil law: Obedient, cheerful, thrifty.
North Wind: Remember the divine law: The most powerful of all:
Brave, clean, reverent
Allowat: I now welcome you, new Eagle, to the summit of your
trail. The Eagle is strong and powerful, and flies
unblinking into the face of the sun. It soars high and
guilds on a pinnacle. You must not swerve from your
duties as an Eagle.
Allowat: [Hands upraised.] We now call upon the Great Spirit of
all, for His blessing on this young man. May he ever
strive to attain the noblest and highest ideals of
life. Be his strength and his guide. Cause him to
follow a straight trail and to never be a reason for
other Scouts to waver from the path. Protect him for
many moons to come. May the Great Master of all Scouts
be with us until our trails cross again.
[Hold pose until curtains close, etc.]
[If no stage or curtains are used, the Indians walk
back from whence they came, and the Scoutmaster takes
over to start the congratulations.]
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City