Eagle Court of Honor Attendance
Cliff Egel (CEgel2@AOL.COM)
Mon, 14 Apr 1997 21:29:46 -0400
>Rod Smith writes:
>I have an Eagle Court of Honor coming up soon and have some concerns that
>the boys in the troop won't show up in the numbers that they should for this
>special award. At the last two Eagle Court of Honors this attendance from
>the boys and their parents was very disappointing.
In my meager experience, I have found that one of the basic reasons for
poor attendance is often that the Eagle Scout is significantly older than
of the Scouts. Hence there's no personal desire to attend as the boys don't
really pal around with him. Mailed invitations are somewhat successful, but
the best way to get the Scouts there is to involve them in the ceremony.
They can put on an impressive opening and closing flag ceremony, serve as
rank representatives (in some of the BSA ceremonies), do readings, serve as
ushers, even stage crew and audio visual operators. The more Scouts
involved, the more powerful the message of the Eagle Ceremony. Surely a
great honor for a young man, but also a great motivator for others to aspire
to that lofty goal.
Scoutmaster, Troop 39
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City