Re: HELP for Eagle presentation !
E. C. HALE (ARTHALE@EKU.BITNET)
Sun, 11 Jul 1993 04:38:50 -0400
Here goes...I'm a poor typist and it's way past my betime and the troop
leaves for camp tomorrow..I'll leaVE THE TYPOS IN! and abbrv. whereever
Troop 118 Eagle Ceremony (from ceremonies booklet)
CALL TO ORDER: ASM
Troop ... wants to welcome each of you to our Eag;e Court to honor . . .
for achieving Scouting's highest award. We will open with the presentation
of the colors.
SPL "present the colors"
Please join me in the pledge of allegiance (troop flag dips)
"Post the colors" flags placed in stands in front - color guard returns
"Rev. . . . (pastor of. . . ?) will lead us in the invocation"
REV SOANDSO "ALMIGHTY ETC....."
SPL "It is now my pleasure to introduce . . . SM of Troop . . .
and Chairman of our EAgle Court of honor"
SM "I would like to invite all Eagle Scouts (including any adults) to stand
at this time" Mention what a fine group they are etc... "Thank you - please
Intro any important/special guests at this time
Make additional welcoming remarks here
"Will the Eagle Candidate . . . please come forward."
TRAIL OF THE EAGLE SEQUENCE (usually read by a speaker with an imposing
voice offstage or, at least, off to the side)
VOICE "This is the voice of the eagle. The eagle whose height you have
struggled hard to reach. I remember well when you first came to the base of the
mountain, and how you looked up with ambition and determination at the cliffs
and plateaus. Look back for a moment; look down the trail you have climbed;
look at the experiences you have encountered in your ascent.
These experiences should not bw forgotten. You shopuld profit by making sure
adverse experiences do not occur again. Experience is a valuable teacher if
you heed its lessons.
I remember well that first day when you took your first step upon the trail
that leads upward. With that first step you began to grow physically, mentally,
and morally. You started living the Scout Oath and Law. All the while you
were on the trail, I watched you study and saw you learn by doing.
First the trail was gentle. You were only a scout...That's when your brother
scouts called you a tenderfoot...They were right . . .you were indeed a
But you kept on and soon you reached the first plateau and there you were
greeted by a large group of Second Class scouts.
Some, like you, stopped to catch their breath before continuing along the trail.
You began to study more ...you worked harder... and, almost before you knew it,
you were on a harder, steeper, trail. You pushed on and came to another
plateau, the place where the First Class scouts dwell.
On the First Class plateau you found a tempting green meadow with a crystal-
clear stream bathed in the sun. You were tempted to remain there... and you
could have! Yes you could haave stayed to live in First Class glory, but
ambition stirred you and you climbed on...the trail was steeper and rougher...
I remember your advancement to Star Scout.
When you reached the Star level you looked back and saw that the trail up from
first class was not as difficult as it had seemed...This spurre you on and you
climbed still higher. The trail was more steep and less worn than before.
Fewer scouts were headed in your direction...You looked down and saw crowds
below you...you looked up and saw few above you...with the same determination
with which you started your climb, you continued up the trail. Soon you
earned the badge of Life Rank.
The heart badge was placed on your uniform...You'll never forget your thoughts
at that moment. Thjis feeling has been experienced by all scouts on reaching
the small ledge of the Life Scouts; "Now I am close to the Eagle, I will carry
The trail was harder, much harder, but more interesting...The Original
Principles...The Oath and Law had a fuller meaning... Your Understanding
of them was greater.
Yes, I have watched your character unfold and become more manly. I have
watched your leadership expand into a valuable asset. I have watched your
mind develop and your wisdom increase...I have watched all these things in you
and now that you are on the threshold of your goal I welcome you...For you
have done your climbing in a true, scoutlike, manner.
This is the voice of the Eagle!
SM "The awarding of the Eagle badge is an important and serious occasion,
the climax of a goal for which a scout works many years, an occasion for pride
and joy, a time of serious contemplation.
It is the culmination of efforts of the various leaders of this scout.
The Eagle award is the highest and most coveted award in Scouting.
It is the last major step in the advancement program. Fewer than 2% of all
scouts in the United States reach the Eagle Rank. At this point we trust
this scout has achieved our purpose in the building of character, training of
leadership, and the practice of service.
The reqs. of Eagle Rank are as follows:
earn 21 merit badges...11 of which are required
serve actively in a troop ldrshp position for 6 mo.after becoming life scout
Plan, develop, and carry out a service project worthy of an Eagle Scout; and
Appear before a board of review of prominent persons and satisdfy them that
the candidate has done his best to live up to the Scout Oath and Law, and,
in all ways. qualify for the Eagle Scout Award.
Careful examination has been made by the court of the qualifications of this
scout for the Eagle Award...
Proficiency in various crafts and skills prescribed for Eagle rank ahve been
The records of merit badges earned by this scout have been approved and
certified by counselors appointed by the court. . . .NAME OF CANDIDATE has
earned the required merit badges.
He has demonstrated his capacity and willingness to exert leadership in the
activities that are constructive and worthwhile in this community. The record
has been checked introop leadership, school affairs, and in other fields of
work and service. He has demonstrated loyalty and duty to God and Country.
We believe him qualified to receive the rank of Eagle Scout."
VOICE OF THE EAGLE
This is the voice of the Eagle. I speak for the Eagle Scouts of this council.
We challenge ...NAME OF CANDIDATE...to accept the responsibilities as well as
the honor of the Eagle Award.
The responsibilities are as follows:
An Eagle Scout is to live with honor. His honor is sacred...it is the
foundation of all character.
An Eagle Scout will live so that he reflects credit on hios home, church
school, friend,and self.
May the white of your badge remind you to live with Honor.
An Eagle Scout is loyal. "To thine own self be true, and it must
follow, as the night the day, thou can'st not then be false to any man."
Neither pain, nor profit, pride nor personal loss shall sway this
The blue on your badge is the emblem of loyalty.
An Eagle Scout is courageous. Courage gives all character force and
strength. With trust in God and faith in his fellowman, he faces each day
unafraid and seeks his share of the world's work to do.
Let the red of your badge remind you of courage.
Finally, an Eagl;e Scout is service-oriented. Extend a helping hand
to those who toil along the Scouting Trail you have completed just as others
have aided you.
The daily good turn must take on a new meaning and better the life
pattern of service. Protect and defend the weak and helpless; comfort the
unfortunate and depressed. Uphold the rights of others as well as your own.
Remember, real leadership is founded on real service."
SM (THIS IS THE PRESENTATION)
"In recognition of these obligations I ask you to reaffirmm the Scout Oath.
THE EAGLE CANDIDATE GIVE THE SCOOUT SIGN AND REPEATS THE OATH
..PROMINENT SCOUTER/COR/ASM ETC... will now come forward and administer
the Scout Oath."
WHOMEVER "Please give the Scout Sign and repeat the Pledge of the Eagle
I......Candidate states name...., realize my obligation
to my fellows, my home, my country, and my God.
I will at all times do my best
To assist other scouts
Who are climbing the trail to Eagle
And give back more to Scouting
More than it has given me
And to assist my troop as much as possible
And to be a living example of the Scout Oath and Law
To the best of my ability.
(Plaque presentation if any)
"Now to honor you on completing your climb along the trail to Eagle
I present you this plaque showing your progress through the ranks..."
"Will the eagle candidate please escort his parents to the front?
Eagle Scout ....name... we now proclaim to the world your accomplishments.
The symbol of your success will be the Eagle badge and neckerchief which
will now be presented by your parents. (FATHER DOES THE NECKERCHIEF-
MOTHER THE BADGE ... GIVE THE ITEMS TO THE PARENTS AND PROCEED)
Eagle scout ...name... in recognition of the wisdom and guidance given to
you by your father, present him this eagle tie-tac which he will be proud
to wear in your honor...(SCOUT PINS ON TIE-TAC)
And now in reconition of the many hours of patient guidance given you by
your mother, you will now pin the Eagle Mother's pin over your mother's
heart...(SCOUT PINS ON...)
Eagle Scout...name...please escort your parents to their seats and return
to the front.
ANY SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS ARE MADE AT THIS TIME...I.E., CONGRESSIONAL
LETTERS, COMMENDATIONS, FLAGS, MILITARY RECOGNITION
(BE SURE TO MAKE PRESENTATIONS WITH APPROPRIATE CEREMONY!)
THE CHALLENGE IS GIVEN AT THIS TIME. IT USUALLY TAKES THE FORM OF A TALK
BY A PROMINENT PERSON ON A THEME MEETING LIFE'S PROBLEMS...IT SHOULD BE
RELATIVELY SHORT...10 MINUTES IS A GOOD LENGTH
SPL "This completes our court of honor...Following the Benediction and the
retiring of the colors, all are invite to remain for the reception.
Please Stand." (RECEPTION OPTIONAL)
RETIRING THE COLORS:
SPL "Retire the colors." Color guard comes forward and takes the flags to the
rear of the room.
I hope this helps,
Yours in Scouting,
Carroll Hale SM T-118 SAINT MARK CHURCH RICHMOND, KENTUCKY
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City