Sue Neilson (SNEILSN@AMERICAN.EDU)
Mon, 20 Sep 1993 23:58:25 EDT
I just wanted everyone to know that our Eagle Court of Honor went wonderfully
well and that our troop now has its first Eagle (what a great way to celebrate
our 2nd anniversary as a troop!). Thanks to all who gave us such good ideas.
The Eagle's mother and I are compiling a sort of notebook/checklist of ECOH
ideas for future reference (we have another scout almost ready for his Eagle
Board), and I will include everyone's contributions. If anyone else has any
further thoughts they'd like to pass along, it's never too late!
We did follow a number of the suggestions for our court that you all sent:
don't read all the letters (we did mention who they were from and read
excerpts), invite local area scouters, etc. We used Fred's idea of recognizing
those who supported the Eagle (with ultimately everyone standing) and yes,
Chris, there was plenty lime sherbet punch. Our CC made sure guests were
recognized individually or by group. One of the troop mothers read "A Fond
Mother Watches" and there was hardly a dry (adult) eye in the house. The Eagle
had plenty of time to present his own remarks. His little sister presented him
with a flag that flew over the Capitol on July 4th. The older scouts did most
of the readings (100 scouts, light of the Eagle, etc.), and one of our youngest
scouts is a trumpet player and played Taps at the close. One of the things I
liked best and had never seen at another ECOH was having all our scouts in
unison give the Eagle charge.
But I'm getting carried away--you've all been to many Eagle courts--and I did
want to tell you that our new Eagle is Billy Huyler, age 14 and a freshman in
high school. His main interest is sports (especially baseball--he was on
the Va. state championship team and in Aug. pitched a 3 hit shutout in the SE
regional Babe Ruth Tournament). He wants to become an orthopedic surgeon. His
Eagle project was to plant 250 trees and do vine control at the local recrea-
tion center. He's a good kid, quiet, well-respected, very focused, good citi-
zen, good student, and well deserving of the Eagle rank.
Thanks again for all the good ECOH ideas.
P.S. On a personal level, the best thing about Billy's court was that it got
my son (16 year old, Life scout) thinking about Eagle again after a long dry
spell of no progress. Only 4 more badges and one project to go...
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City