Re: Eagle Court of Honor
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Fri, 6 May 1994 11:45:02 CST
Mary Lee, I'm not sure why the pack is involved in the Eagle Court. From
past experience, younger children are often bored and can be disruptive.
If there is special meaning in having the pack involved, then be sure to
The poem might be a good closing to the formal ceremony, or perhaps part of
the opening. From the title it sounds like a tear jerker. It might also
be appropriate after the eagle presentation and other speeches.
I have always included candles for the scout oath and law as part of the
ceremony, either as part of the opening or as part of the presnetation of
the eagle candidate. He is asked to lead those present in the scout oath
(candles lit for three parts) and the scout law (candle lit for each point
with the meaning of the point read in the background).
While the new eagle may want to invite everyone to eat, this really is a task
for whoever is hosting the meal. It is being done in his honor, not by him!
This one may be just my perspective!!
I would try to get music prior to the beginning of the ceremony as a prelude.
This helps get people into seats, especially if it starts about 5 minutes or
so before the planned opening. It's easier than going around asking people to
please take a seat.
I prefer to display things at the reception/dinner after the ceremony rather
than before but sometimes have seen a display of the scouts history (pictures
from camp, etc) set up near the entrance. I have also seen the scouts history
described--a narrated slide show--as part of the ceremony. I have also seen
people from his history (old CM, PL, SM, etc) make brief (one minute each)
talks about his past as a prelude to presentation of the badge.
I have also seen formal invitation sent out--this seems to work best. I have
also seen it done with simple fliers or just announcements at meetings. Be
sure, BTW, to notify any local media. Around here the newspaper will come take
a picture if you let them know in advance and they always publish a note about
any upcoming eagle court.
Hope these ideas help some. In any case, whatever you do will clearly be
an improvement over the past.
Roundtable Commissioner, Pawnee Bill District, Will Rogers Council
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 18
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