Re: Scout Stumpers
settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Tue, 27 May 1997 10:41:02 -0500
Cliff Egel asks a really good question:
>Have a question which I've never been able to get an answer to:
>Who are the members of the Court of Honor? And who is their >Chairman?
In the earlier days of Scouting, where that ceremony originiated,
the Court of Honor was conviened by the Scoutmaster and Commissioner
of that particular unit (the Commissioner acting on behalf of the Council
and the National movement), either of which served as it's chair.
The Members of the Court were usually higher-ranking Scouts, Eagle
Scouts of that Troop (in some cases, because the Troop was too small,
of the community) and leaders of the community.
The Chair of the Court opens up the Court of Honor by stating "On behalf of
the National Council, Boy Scouts of America, I hereby open this Court of
Honor for the purpose of ("presenting special service awards to members of
the North District, Cardinal Council"; "presenting advancement awards to
members of Troop 000, North District, Cardinal Council"; "presenting the
Silver Beaver Award to a Scouter that .....")
He or she should close that Court in a similar manner, as in "On behalf of
the National Council, Boy Scouts of America, I hereby close this Court of
Honor and on their behalf, congraduate those recipeients of these special
When Scouting got bigger, the Court of Honor was divided into a
National Court of Honor, which approves all national awards, decorations
and honors on behalf of the National Council, Boy Scouts of America
(which represents ALL of the local Councils and which every local Council
has represenation toward) and the local Court of Honor, which is
decentrialized to the unit level. Again, the senior "commissioned leader"
of the unit, usually the Scoutmaster but in many cases the Commissioner
served as Chair with other adults and alumni of that unit serving as
"members" of the Court of Honor...which now, includes the parents and
friends of the Scouts in the Troop.
The National Court of Honor is chaired by the National Chair of the BSA's
Advancement Committee (I don't have a specific name....I'll see if I can find
out for you, Cliff) with 40 members (10 from each Region) which reviews and
approved/denies/send back for for information Eagle Scout, Heroism,
service awards (Silver Beaver, Antelope, Buffalo, and has input into World),
and special recognitions for Scouts and Scouters. At any one time during a
month, five members of that committee reviews those applications and make
determinations. In this era of electronic communication, much of it is done
by fax and voice phone.
Great question, Cliff!
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