Re: Eagle COH
golden cliff (c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU)
Tue, 12 Mar 1996 12:32:55 -0600
I believe that the Eagle Court of Honor is a celebration for the entire
troop, not just the Eagle Scout and his family.
A major goal for me is not just honoring the Eagle Scout, but also in
providing inspiration to the younger boys who are witness to the
presentation. It is very important to instill within them the importance of
the Eagle. I want the younger boys to go home wanting someday to become
Individual Courts of Honor are fine. Multiple Eagle Courts can also be
very effective. The important thing is to make it a major event and
underscore the importance of the Eagle award.
We've had some years with 4 or 5 Eagles. If we had an individual COH for
each Eagle plus our regular 4 COH's each year, I believe less people
would come, and few younger or new Scouts would be there because they
would barely know the Eagle Scouts.
We include the Eagle presentation as a highlight to a regular troop COH.
We have had state senators, judges, ministers, the mayor, and several
other dignitaries there to present the Eagle Charge. We present letters
of congratulations from dignitaries including the President, VP, Speaker
of the House, and on down the line. We have a photo and story published
in our local newspaper.
We seek to honor the Eagle Scout, further elevate the importance of Eagle
to younger Scouts and parents, and provide a celebration for the Eagle,
his family, the troop, and the community at large.
In regards to describing the Eagle, I tell people it is not a
destination, but rather a journey. It was a journey that began in Cub
Scouting, and a journey that doesn't end with the presentation at the
COH, it continues on.
YIS, Cliff Golden firstname.lastname@example.org First Lutheran Church, DeKalb, IL
Scoutmaster Troop 33 Three Fires Council BSA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City