Eagle COH ideas
Carol McLane (Carol.Mclane@COMMERCE.STATE.MI.US)
Mon, 15 May 1995 15:41:24 -0400
On 5/12/95., Daniel Baily asked
"Also, we're soon to be planning our troop's first Eagle Court of Honor -
please send any ideas/suggestions for what works, & what doesn't. Thanks"
I just finished my son's Eagle COH -- and it was a great success. I
suggest downloading the Eagle scripts and the Eagle Tips from the archives.
They were great. They outline a basic Eagle COH and give several
scripts to pick from. My son wanted something different so we cut and
pasted parts of the scripts into one document and Matt wrote the ceremony
he wanted. I was told there was some kind of book at our Council office
but it was not there when I needed it.
I would suggest that you prepare a script and give the key participants
copies. Include in your script the words they have to say (like the oath
and the charge is pretty well set wording) also include staging remarks
which tell the people who moves where and how to stand. That way there are
no questions. I also put in the script places for the participants to add
their own words. I think this is most helpful for those that have never
participated in a ceremony before.
If you do this on the computer, it is easy to make cue cards for the
participates with just their part. By all means -- make cue cards.
Especially for any of the boys that have small parts. Many times they are
nervous and then it is easy to forget their part. Also, you don't need
everyone running around with all the large scripts.
Practice, Practice, Practice. Maybe you don't need to practice all of the
program but any of the boys that have parts in a ceremony should practice
their part so it does not come off clumsy. This also gives them a chance
to figure out where they stand and what they do.
Also in your planning, think about all the things you have to do and then
make job assignments. Keep a list of who does what. For instance, our
ceremony was out side so we had to bring a sound system, set up chairs,
bring the troop flags and flag stands from the regular meeting place, and
supply a podium and build a fire. Don't forget about decorating the
reception hall if you want to do that.
In our troop, the family of the Eagle does all the planning. If that is
the case in your troop, make sure the family knows what to do. Most of the
time they are at a real loss on how to start. Maybe if you have a parent
that has been thru it to advise them it would help. If I had not been
to several Eagle Ceremonies or had not listened to this group for the last
year I think I would have been lost. I had a couple of the Scout Mom's
that handled all of the serving of cake and punch which allowed me to be
free to mingle and talk to people. Now that I know how valuable that was I
will gladly volunteer to help the next Eagle Mom.
Oh, Yeah, don't forget about clean up. Often we get busy in all the
planning and forget about the clean up. Our Scoutmaster was great on
having troop and committee people help.
One thing I wish I had done was have someone in charge of taking pictures
with my camera. I was too busy watching and participating. I also think
some of the pictures could have been taken before the ceremony began. For
instance, of the Cake and the decorated Reception hall, of The Eagle and
the scoutmaster, of the Eagle and his Honor Guards, of the Eagle and his
mom. We fit all this in after the ceremony but that was confusing because
that is when everyone else also wanted to talk with us.
One thing my son wants to do is to put all of the Eagle tips and Court of
Honor Scripts in binders for the troop. Then he wants to include sections
that contains our script, sample of invitation and program. He is hoping
that each Eagle will contribute to the troop book and will result in a
wealth of ceremonies and scripts for future Eagles.
I wish you well on your first ceremony. Keep notes on what went well and
what could be improved. That way you will learn as you go.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City