Re: Eagle Dad Pin
Charlie Thorpe (charlie2@RO.COM)
Wed, 20 Mar 1996 13:55:24 -0600
Hello Tom -
>...Is there anywhere in writing, that the Eagle Dads pin can only be
>awarded to an Eagle Scout Dad, during an open court of honor. I have
>been told on several occasions that on Eagle Scouts could be award this
>pin during an official ceremony. It just so happens that I'm one of the
>Dads this time, and I'de feel pretty special having my son pin the dads
>pin on me....
I am not too sure that I understand your question <g>...but, I CERTAINLY
understand your interest in having your son present you with the Dad's pin!
I for-sure can't speak for all the ways that folks do an Eagle Court of
Honor around here. In the ones (50 some-odd) that I did as Scoutmaster
there was always a common thread no matter what the overall theme was: the
Scout was presented with the mother's pin and he pinned it onto her
Troop-provided "hardware ribbon"; the Scout was then presented with the
Dad's pin and he pinned it to his dad's suit coat lapel or left uniform
pocket flap (someplace safely removed from skin <g>). Lotsa hugs,
handshakes, a few tears, etc.
We have some parents that are working on their third or fourth Eagle in the
family...I can't imagine not giving both of them a chance to have their son
do their pin!
We have had divorced parents join together on the stage to receive their
pins from their son and once we even had a divorced father not return to
town for the COH (the Eagle was given the pin privately and he decided what
he wanted to do with it).
I was a little relieved that none of my sons dropped their Mother's/Dad's
pins (or drew blood <g>). I can assure one and all that I had PLENTY of
room for two pins on my uniform pocket flap the night of my twin son's
Did my Dad's pins feel out of place on the pocket flap of my most-spiffy
Scouter's uniform...HAH! Did they stay there until the last bite of Eagle
cake was eaten...you bet!
In fact, I have been hinting that the Dad's pin might be on my tux lapel at
each of the twin-type weddings this summer <VBG>.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City