Eagle Court of Honor-Thanks
Lisa Varner (lvarner@FREENET.COLUMBUS.OH.US)
Mon, 10 Jul 1995 04:50:25 -0400
Thank you all for answering my plea for advice on the COH. Didn't I say
you always seem to come through, and once again you have done it!
I really felt I should wear my uniform, as you've heard me state before
about how I think scouts should support other scouts (boy or girl). But,
I took your advice into consideration and called my co-leader to see what
was up. She said (thought you may get a kick out of the expression),
"Well, of course, I will be dressed up since I'm mother of the bride..."
She did say to dress comfortable, and I asked about my uniform but, she didn't
seem too keen on me wearing my uniform, but said that would be ok too. I
decided "church clothes" would suffice. I didn't want to detract from the
Eagle Scout, being the only one in uniform other than his troop, after all
it was HIS day.
But I must say I had to practically tie myself to my chair when they asked
all scouts (they should've said boy scouts, 'cause that is definitely
what they meant) to stand and recite the oath. The Eagle scout's
parents are both scouts and neither one stood. Sometimes it's hard to just
be a normal person again and forget your a scout. :-)
Aside from the segregation...It was a lovely ceremony. Approximately 40
people in attendance. Standard red, white, and blue candle ceremony, but
very nice. His older brother, also an Eagle scout, was master of
ceremonies, and his uncle (a priest) said the benediction.
It was great to hear his Scoutmaster relay stories of I've known him since
he was this big.
His Eagle project was to organize others who helped him set up a meditation
area behind his uncles church (in a very rough, under-priviledged side of
town) for church members, with mulch trees, flowers, bench etc. He was
presented with a card, gift enclosed from the ladies of the chuch, for all the
work he has done around the church. (He also does their weekly bulletin
and other papers on computer and many times helps keep the church grounds.
I did decide on a nice card, no gift with such short notice, and honestly
I did't feel money is really appropriate from me in this situation, unless I
was related to him. It was very hard to find a congradulatory card with
appropriate wording, but I was able to find a really neat one.
I did happen to overhear the scout say to his mother afterwards, I didn't
ever hear of people giving gifts for Eagle. Then promptly asked his
mother (he's 18) if he could go shopping with his girlfriend that evening.
She said, son, why are you asking me? You're 18!
They'll always be kids. I can attest to this fact from the many Eagles I
know on this list. I hope he never loses that. :-)
Did I tell you all how wonderful you are today?
Lisa Varner << firstname.lastname@example.org >>
Haven't been there. Don't want to go. Don't need another t-shirt!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City