Re: Eagle COH/Protocol Question
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Tue, 15 Nov 1994 11:40:56 CST
Tom Foss <fosst@FREENET.SCRI.FSU.EDU> writes:
>I've just received an invitation to the Eagle COH of the son of a friend
>(and former employee). The Scout is also a former (summer) employee, and
>I'm assuming I've been invited because I wrote a letter of recommendation
>for the young man before his Eagle Board of Review. I have no other
>connection with this young man's scouting career.
Please send this young man our combined congrats, Tom!
>Based on earlier comments, I thought I'd take my eight year old son
>(working on his Bear badge) to the COH (the invitation came to "The Foss
>Family") -- I though it might make a good impression on my son, and give
>him a vision of where he might want to go with Scouting.
I think that you should take your entire family, since the invite was
for them. Make sure that this is fine with the Eagle and his family,
since they may have been counting "one" when you are bringing three or
>1. Should my son wear his Cub Scout uniform?
Definately, if HE desires to. Since the Court of Honor is for the
Eagle, you should (IMO) avoid "making him" wear his shirt. Tell him
that it's a formal, important occasion and that most of the others in
attendance will also be in "complete Scout uniform". But if he
doesn't feel confortable wearing it, don't push it. It is the
*experience of seeing the Eagle Court of Honor* that you're after,
>2. Should I wear MY uniform, as Assistant Cubmaster of my son's pack?
> Remember, I have no link to the Eagle's unit -- I don't want to
> appear to have an "official" presence if it's not warranted!
The official Scout uniform is VERY appropriate for ANY Scouting event
or activity, your unit or anyone else's. The uniform identifies you
as part of the same movement that the Eagle is being recognized in.
However, the same opinion I gave for your son is also appropriate for
you. While there are only a few times in which I did not wear a
Scouting uniform of some sort to an Eagle Court of Honor, those times
I didn't were simply because I felt that by my wearing my shirt would
detract from the young man's recognition. After all, this is HIS
night to shine in front of his Maker, his family and friends and in
front of his community....and nobody should be allowed to "horn in" on
Take your son aside before the ceremony starts and tell him that this
is extremely important to the young Eagle, and that he should pay
attention...because in only a few short years (we all hope), it will
be your son's turn to stand there in front of everyone and receive
this special award for his hard work and endurance.
The *first* Eagle Court of Honor I witnessed was when I was a Bear.
Our downstairs neighbor's son (on the first floor, we lived on the
forth) received his Eagle from the Troop that I would graduate into.
I remember after the ceremony touching Steven Withrow's Eagle and
reading the large card certificate that proclaimed that he became an
Eagle Scout. I was REALLY impressed! (but that's another story).
Tell us all how he (and you) liked the ceremony!
Settummanque, the blackeagle... (MAJ) Mike L. Walton (
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