Re: Response to:17 Eagles, one COH
Jeffry B. Davis (jkaadavis@JUNO.COM)
Sat, 8 Feb 1997 15:58:27 EST
All this chat about the Eagle Court of Honor and who it "belongs"
to really concerns me. It seems that some of you think that the young
men who have been determined and completed their journey should just get
their award how ever someone else says. Being that this is a once in a
lifetime award, and he was given all of his other awards in a ceremony of
someone else's choosing, it would be respectful of the rank to at least
ask the boy and his family if there was anything or anyone special he
would like included in his ceremony to make it more memorable to him.
Despite how much counseling and pushing parents and leaders do it is
ultimately up to the boy whether or not he goes the extra mile to attain
the rank of Eagle. When he does, the Troop should also go the extra
mile to honor him and help him make his ceremony special to him. It is a
celebration for both. As has been stated before some boys prefer not to
be in the spotlight and would prefer a multiple ceremony, some want no
ceremony at all and others want to be recognized individually. Because so
many try and so few actually see it to completion I believe this is one
Court of Honor that they be consulted on. Of course if we are working
with our youth and teaching them to become leaders and how to handle
different circumstance, the "Troop" should be talking to the Youth
Leaders about each court of honor and letting them help plan it, After
all, if those boys don't get the opportunity to learn and grow and
continue coming to the meetings then all of a sudden there is no "Troop".
The last time I checked, the programs of the scouting units are
supposed to be planned by the youth leadership with guidance from the
adult leadership. Do we all really do this?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City