Re: Response to:17 Eagles, one COH
Milt Forsberg (miltf@UX1.CSO.UIUC.EDU)
Thu, 6 Feb 1997 09:16:49 -0600
The way a Court of Honor is set up in at the discression of the troop and
the Eagles. My troop has always presented all Eagle Awards earned since
the previous Court at the next Court. We have had from 1 to 10 (yes, I
used to think that was a large number until now!). I have also been in a
council where the Eagle Court was a council affair and we are talking
about large numbers at one time.
Our feeling on the Court is that we want to see it well attended. When
you have several Eagles and several Courts, people tend to attend only the
one(s) where they know the Scout. I have attended many where the total
attending is no more than 25. You can imagine the attendance with 17
separate Courts. We always combine with the presentation of all other
awards earned between Courts, so the families of the younger members will
also be likely to attend, even if they don't know the Eagle that well.
The highlight is the Eagle Presentation. We always have a reception after
the program with special cakes made for the occasion. We bring in someone
who is prominent in the community to present the Eagles along with anyone
who an individual Eagle wants involved. This has worked well for us over
the past 30 years. I am not saying it will suit everyone, but there are
many different methods. This is just one. We feel it is more significant
to have 100-200 attend instead of 25-40 attend.
SM, Troop 7
On Thu, 6 Feb 1997, blaine a. jackson wrote:
> Second, I would not allow any scout from my troop to participate in one.
> Achieving the rank of Eagle is a singular accomplishment. The scout who
> is successful deserves individual recognition. While I am sure that
> this extremely large Court of Honor will look very good in the media,
> and that everyone will be impressed that the SM's are so successful, it
> detracts and lessens the honor and recognition that each new Eagle Scout
> should receive individually.
> As long as I am SM, each new Eagle in my Troop will have an individual
> Court of Honor if I have to pay for it myself. I would have to assume
> that a troop large enough to have 17 Eagles waiting at one time would
> have the resources to provide individual Courts of Honor. I am not sure
> that the fact that the troop failed to do this is something to brag
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City