Re: Eagle Court of Honor?
William A. Glover (WAG@LOYOLA.EDU)
Mon, 7 Nov 1994 09:31:47 -0500
I thought that I would add some input from my own experience with
Court of Honors and Eagle Scouts. I have been an Eagle-candidate
advisory for three scouts in my home troop. The role that I play
is one of advisor, guide, and friend to a scout that is on his final
climb to Eagle. This usually occurs once they have reached the rank of
Life Scout and follows through to Court of Honor.
In my experience, usually the scout has certain requests that he
may make regarding his ceremony, including special guests that should
be invited, the location, etc. Once he has given his input (along with
his parents) the Troop committee steps up and runs the show. The key
players seem to be the Advancement Chairman, Committee Chair, Scoutmaster,
and the Eagle Advisor (myself). I have three or four ceremonies that we
work from. If you look in the Troop Committee guidebook that is put out
by National (this is from the top of my head) the responsibility of the
Unit's Courts of Honor is that of the Troop Committee, including
planning and orchestration.
Again, what I have experienced, is that an Eagle and his family "usually"
want to be involved in most elements of the planning and preparation. But
we (the troop) try to take as much of the "grunt" work because we
recongnize that this is a time for the scout and his family to celebrate
and enjoy the event.
Regarding who awards the Eagle Award: I have seent his done many ways.
I have seen the Scoutmaster (this is usually the case), but I have also
seen it given by an older Eagle, that may have had a great impact on
the boy's scouting career. In my own case, I received my Eagle Award from
my Scoutmaster, but he was only Scoutmaster of my troop for one year. I
may have preferred (If asked) to have had my previous Scoutmaster who
had really inspired my scouting career.
Always keep the Eagle Award recipient's requests and those of his family
in mind. They have worked very hard to reach that glorious moment.
Troop 822, Baltimore Area Council
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