Re: Eagle Court of Honor
Chris Haggerty, Sierra Vista, Arizona (CHAGGERTY@ARIZBPA.BITNET)
Thu, 9 Sep 1993 18:30:00 MST
One, I avoid reading all letters of congradutaitons from VIP's. It takes
to long. Read a few and have the rest displayed for everyone to read after
I took the generic Trail to the Eagle Presentation and customized it for
my boys using slides to help tell the story. (You can get slides made from
negatives, allow some time to do this.)
Have a guest speaker do a CHALLENGE for the young man, but reading the
challenge which National Sends out is not my idea of a CHALLENGE. It
should be customized (hopefully the speaker will know the Scout). I have seen
some real good oness. Again you can display the Challenge in a frame
which national Sends out.
Invite politicians, police cheifs, sheriffs, etc to the Eagle ceremony and
give them three minutes to make a presentation. We've had State Reps at
our courts of honor frequently. If the city is not too big, get the mayor
or someone from the city council. (With big cities it is harder to get
these people but try anyway).
Have someone(s) sing and play a song.
Encourage the young man to make something to be a part of his Eagle Scout
Court of Honor and those of future Eagles in the troop.
Let the young man have time for his "reply" A few moments when he can
thank those who helped him, or encourage those still on the trail or ????"?
Many troops in our area have the military do the opening flag ceremony.
(We have military bases in the area.)
Don't forget the cake (a must) and punch (I am partial to 7 Up and lime
sherbert). Some troops have a dinner after the ceremony.
Ask the Eagle what he might like to see in the ceremony, it is his ceremony
after all (you would be amazed with the number of units who leave the Eagle
out of the planning for his Eagle Scout Ceremony.)
Get the BSA Ceremony book. It has some generic ceremonies in it which can
be custimized in any way you want.
In the troop I last participated in, we have this BIG LOG Candle Opera (It
stands over five feet high). It has one log for each rank in scouting.
Normally we go through this at the end of courts of honor, but for Eagle
Courts we call all scouts and adults (whose highest rank was) and have them
lite the appropiate candle as we do the trail to Eagle. (Second Class
ledge, all troop second class scouts and adults whose highest rank in
scouting was second class come forward and place a lighted candle in the
second class log (step, etc..)). this gives people something to do besides
sit during the ceremony.
Some people actually perfer to keep the ceremony and presentation real
simple and short (can you image that?).
One troop had the scoutmasters who served while the youth was in the troop
come forward and give a history/tell stories for a few minutes.
Enough for Now!
Sierra Vista, AZ
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