Eagle Court of Honor
Greg Stewart (Greg33@AOL.COM)
Fri, 11 Nov 1994 02:42:06 -0500
Thank you for all the advise and help. I appreciate the sample programs,
etc. etc. etc. even though it is not ideas we are short of, rather it is
leadership. My favorite courts have been held in the out of doors at dusk
around a large fire.
I have to say that I completely disagree with those who believe it is the
Scout's job to plan his own Court. This young man in particular has overcome
very tough obstacles to earn his rank, including being abused by his parents,
falling in with a bad crowd and then breaking clean from them, plus being man
of the house while his father served nearly a year in Desert Storm. His
overcoming and achieving deserves to be honored without him doing all the
work. I agree that he and his parents should be involved in the idea
planning and decisions, etc. etc. But I believe the foot work should be born
by someone in the troop.
The only official documentation that has been presented is that it is the job
of the advancement chairman (reference was the committee handbook). That is
who I will approach and beg to get in gear.
Undoubtedly I will be involved quite a bit as well. I have put on many such
courts and no doubt will end up spear heading this one too. I guess, since I
am no longer involved directly with this troop, that I would like to take
someone and explain to them and show them what their job is so this doesn't
The problem here is not a conflict between the family and the scout leaders.
The scout leaders are just used to the parents doing all the work. In this
case, the boy barely gets along with his dad, who can be very abusive, and
his step mom just isn't very supportive of him. None of the scout leaders
know who should pick up the ball and run with it ... they all point to
someone else. Hopefully we can clear this up and make it someone's
FYI: At this point I have met with a member of the chartered organization
together with the boy and explained the problem and began the process of
setting a date for the court. The boy is a bit less discouraged now and I
will ensure that things come off good for him. He deserves the best court
...........I used to be a beaver............
....now I'm always prepared to go first!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City