Re: Eagle Court of Honor?
Chris Marsey (cmarsey@IQUEST.COM)
Mon, 7 Nov 1994 08:44:57 -0600
I am the Advancement Chairman for troop 476 in Madison, Alabama. The Troop
Committee Guidebook has me responsible (my position) for getting the awards
and organizing regular cout-of-honors. In regards to Eagle ceremonies, the
Scoutmaster or Team Coach passes on to me the award package after they
receive it. I get the awards from the council office. Since I also conduct
the Eagle Board of Review (since its my responsibility to hold board of
reviews also), I would naturally believe it to be my responsibility to make
sure that someone is going to handle the Eagle Court. I usually 'feel out'
the parents while waiting for the official papers to come back from
national. I help them plan it (if they need help) or do the whole thing
myself if they are not interested. I feel that the committee members are
the ones responsible for making sure the youth receives the recognition they
are due. I've had some parents who do the whole thing (usually eagle scout
fathers), most who just want help in developing the program, and a few that
don't lift a finger. I know that not all troops have 'responsive' (trying
to be polite) committees. Whatever the situation in the troop leadership,
the Eagle Candidate should not have to plan it himself. (I would hope that
any Eagle worthy youth would not WANT to glorify himself) The troop leaders
should consider themselves responsible for the whole thing, unless the
parents desire to take it upon themselves.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City