Re: NEW MEMBER
Jonathan Dixon (dixonj@MIMICAD.COLORADO.EDU)
Sun, 11 Sep 1994 22:59:58 -0600
> (stuff removed for brevity)
> In my Scouting experience, the leaders didn't believe enough in
> the CoH as a program planning tool, which was unfortunate. It
> does seem rather redundant to have a CoH w/only one patrol doesn't
> Maybe it would be best to use the Patrol-in-Council in place of the
> CoH for planning. Until you get two patrols, at least...
> (again stuff removed)
In my understanding from BP's _Aids to Scoutmastership_, the Court of
Honor (CoH) in the US is different from that in British scouting (and
groups that followed that model more closely). In the BSA, a CoH is a
more formal meeting where awards are presented (often held quarterly).
In BP's writing he says "The Court of Honour ... has a rather
exceptional mission, such as dealing with cases of discipline and
questions of awards." (from _Aids to ... _).
I believe the original question came from a US scouter, so he would
mean the awards ceremonies (if not, then I guess this post wasn't
necessary). I think it is important to have the CoHs even with a
small group. It gives the parents and families who aren't involved in
much of the other activities the chance to see what sort of things are
happening, and it gives a definite time when the scouts know they
should wear COMPLETE uniform (including things like medals when they
get them which are otherwise generally not worn (also MB sashes)).
With a little planning it can be an occasion as well for the different
families to get to know each other on a social level as well (e.g.
having a picnic dinner as the lead-in for the CoH). Finally, it can
review the activities of the time since the last one for those who
might have missed out.
Hope this clarfies more than it obfuscates.
ASM Troop 1046, Bowie, MD, NCAC
Eagle '85 Vigil '89
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