Re: Need Scoutmaster's Minute for Eagle Court
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Wed, 16 Nov 1994 17:30:12 CST
alan houser <houser@CEDR.LBL.GOV> writes:
>Anyone have any good SM minute ideas for an Eagle Court of Honor? I need to
>come up with something new by Saturday.
Can you use this? It's a little long, but perhaps you can pare it
(the following was taken from the first Scouts-L "EagleTips" series.
It was used as the closing thought in a package of tips for those
Scouters interested in "Making an Eagle". The second package is STILL
being worked on, and was due out back in the spring....it will be
forthcoming VERY soon (perhaps as soon as this weekend, given the time
to sit and go through all of it and compress it to several less than
100K documents for downloading).
from Mike Walton <WALTOML@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU>:
While a college student at Eastern (Kentucky University), several
times just to waste time, I would look at the local county newspapers.
Frequently, they would list a Eagle Court of Honor and I would go.
Besides, what else would a bored college student do??
One place that I continually go back time after time is in Maysville,
Kentucky. Once a strong coal, iron and barge traffic town, the city
was at that time, suffering from its youth moving south to Lexington,
or northwest to Cincinnati. The majority of the people left in the
town are those that have strong family ties, those associated with the
few industries and those that make the daily commute into Portsmouth,
Ohio, or Lexington, Kentucky or Cincinnati.
After looking one afternoon in the Mason County newspaper, I decided
to attend the Court of Honor for a Scout that completed a massive
recycling project in the town. I arrived and sat in the back of the
church basement, only being noticed by a mother of one of the Scouts
of the Troop. I wore a suit and tie because I did not learn the
lesson of "being prepared" for such events all of the time and my two
Scout uniforms were both caked with mud from the last camporee I went
to back home.
They also stunk to high heaven, too.
During the ceremony, the Scoutmaster asked that all other Eagle Scouts
present please come forward, introduce yourself, and then stand behind
the Scoutmaster. So, of course, I went forward and after the Police
Chief, several National Guardsmen in Army Green, the director of the
city's Park and Recreation Department (a former professional Scouter),
the current District Executive, I too, introduced myself to the
assembled crowd. I then took my place as the city's budget manager,
the manager of the McDonald's, a retired railroad executive, and
finally, a minister from a church two counties away all introduced
themselves and then took their places behind the Scoutmaster.
The Scoutmaster said something like "You see, Jerry, all of these
people as well as those that they represent, all of them have a stake
in your continued success as an Eagle Scout. They all stand behind me
as a reminder to you that it is not just me presenting this badge, but
all of those that have earned this high award before you."
The Scout went to Eastern in the fall and found me at our student
center's Grill. At that time, the Scouting Club/Explorer Post that I
helped formed was not there, but a group of us would meet there to sit
and talk like the fraternity and sorority people did. Jerry asked me
how did I know about the Court of Honor and whether or not I knew
anyone there. I rambled off a few names, none of which he knew and he
asked me if I knew some others, which I did not.
Then, he said something to Jim Jennings and I and it made me feel good.
I don't know how Jim felt about it, but I'm sure he felt the same way.
"Our Scoutmaster told us about this story of how Scouts would
recognize each other in a strange town. He said that when adult
former Scouts would come to a new town, and didn't know anyone, that
all they had to do was to raise their hand in the Scout sign and
someone would come to their aid. I thought it was all (explitive
deleted) until that night of my Eagle Court of Honor. There were
people there that I would NEVER thought of as Scouts, let alone Eagle
Scouts. And when you (looking at me) told the group that you were
from Eastern, and a student there -- when that same day, I had applied
to come here -- it was great!"
Since then, every time I've been asked to put together an Eagle Court
of Honor, I have insisted that the newspapers please place the
announcement in their "weddings, annoucements and good tidings"
sections. I have NEVER been disappointed in the people, both inside
and outside of Scouting, that will give up a evening to attend an
event designed to honor a young man and a program.
Or maybe they came for the free food and Koolaid.
I recommend that you too, try it.
Settummanque, the blackeagle... (MAJ) Mike L. Walton (
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