Re: Eagle Court of Honor?
Jonathan Dixon (dixonj@MIMICAD.COLORADO.EDU)
Sun, 6 Nov 1994 22:30:29 -0700
> Whose job is it to plan, conduct, etc the Eagle Scout Court of Honor?
I think that the primary planning of the CoH should be the boy himself (ie
deciding what type of ceremony to have). Details are generally best taken
care of by the Patrol Leaders' Council and the Scoutmaster (since they are
generally the ones with most experience organizing such events). I've always
seen either the SM or Senior Patrol Leader (or his Assistant, if the SPL is
the one getting Eagle) run the CoH (act as Master of Ceremonies, basically).
> I have been told that only a Unit Commissioner can actually award the badges,
> which I feel is not correct either.
I've never seen the UC present the award. Usually I've seen the SM present
it, although in a few cases I've seen a former SM (who was SM for most of the
person's tenure in the troop) do the presenting. If I remember correctly, the
SM has generally presented it to the parents to pin on the Eagle, so actually
the parents present it in a way.
> [stuff about buck-passing]
> The boy has called me asking for help because I was his SM years ago.
> So who should be held responsible? Whose job is it?
In this case, I would meet with the boy and find out what he wants in the way
of a ceremony (bringing along a bunch of suggestions since most times the boy
has no idea). Then have him go to the SM and PLC to set the date (unless he
already knows what date he wants to do it) and have them work on the details.
If you're willing to do such things as solicit letters from politicians and
such (or whatever else you might be willing to work at) let that be known
up-front. But the initial responsibility for getting things rolling should
rest on the boy (he IS an Eagle Scout).
ASM Troop 1046, Bowie, MD, NCAC
Eagle '85 Vigil '89
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