Re: Minor Question, and Re: Eagle CoH
Marc W. Solomon (m_solomon@ALLI.COM)
Tue, 11 Feb 1997 15:14:00 -0600
At 12:38 PM 2/11/97 -0700, CHUCK BRAMLET wrote:
>As a WDL, I was _very_ miffed at the Pack, when the _regular_ Pack
>meeting night came, that was designated as Webelos Cross Over.
>2 non Webelos boys showed. Both little brothers. There was not
>a single parent, leader, Pack committee member, or Cub there that
>did not have a boy in my Den with the sole exception of the Pack
You should be miffed! It was a regular pack meeting and all members of the
pack should have attended. It sounds that many thought the meeting was
JUST for the crossover and therefore they were not required to attend.
Regardless, it is a matter of respect to those who have made it to the
crossover that everyone be there.
>At the Eagle CoH that I have been to, I have seen few boys attend
>that were not involved in the CoH program. Unless they were good
>friends of the candidate. While I have never been to an ECoH held
>as part of a regular Troop CoH, and don't necessarily support the
>idea, I can certainly see the reason for having it then. The horse
>may not be thirsty, but at least you have it to the water.
Most of the Eagle Court of Honors I have attended had most of the young
man's troop in attendance. Of the few times that was not the case, it was
due to either inclement weather or the young man not being liked by most of
his troop (that was a sad case, indeed). OTOH, I have seen Eagle Court of
Honor scripts written so that almost everyone in the young man's troop is
involved somehow (Presentation of Colors, Scouts History and/or Progression
through the ranks, etc.) This would give all of them an added incentive to
attend (and in uniform!).
I agree that an Eagle Court of Honor should be a separate event with the
exception being when the young man who is being honored selects not to have
it such. Although I would counsel such a young man to have his own moment
in the sun, it should be his choice not ours and one made by how he wants
to be honored and not by how many will come to honor him.
I would never suggest combining a regular Court of Honor with an Eagle
Court of Honor for the sole reason of having more people honor the Eagle
recipient. I would suggest, Chuck, that when the invitation to the event
is given to the Scouts from that young man's unit, that a short reminder is
made of why the event is so special and why each person's attendance is
requested. I have always considered it a special honor to be invited to
such events and have modified (when possible) my schedule to attend. The
youngsters receiving the invitation might not yet have an understanding of
the honor given them by being invited and may need this pointed out to them.
Marc Solomon Unit Commissioner
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