Re: Eagle Letters
settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Fri, 6 Jun 1997 11:15:24 -0500
>I need some input from any of you who have planned an Eagle Court of
>Honor (or two). How far in advance do I need to request Eagle Letters
>of Commendation in order to have them for the Court of Honor?
Letters, inviting those sending letters or to attend the Court of Honor
should be sent out in the following days after the Scout attends and passes
the Eagle Board of Review.
I personally don't like the "letter of commendation", because it sounds more
like "begging for a signature"; I would prefer to invite the person to
attend the Court of Honor, and if he/she cannot attend, to please send a
letter addressed to the Scout....it's not so much like "begging", and there
has been cases whereby that Senator or Representative (or even that
President or Vice President) *has* taken a few minutes from their otherwise
hectic and busy schedules to "pop in" and express his or her congrats to an
Typically, those in political offices take the longest, only because many of
them are so busy that their staffs can't get to them in time to get the
letter signed or to have the officeholder decide that he/she wants to send a
personal letter to the Scout, or both. So while the Eagle application is
going through the National "hoops", you should be planning with the Scout as
to which people he wants to invite to the Court of Honor.
As a reminder, Beth, the Court of Honor should NOT be planned before you
receive word from your local Council that the Award has been approved by the
National Court of Honor. This prevents situations whereby the Court of
Honor was planned for five weeks after the Board of Review and for some
reason or another, the award is either not there or has been returned to the
local Council for more clarification or was denied at the National level
(and it's happened, and it's a mess all the way around)!!
I got a note yesterday from a Scoutmaster which illustrates this particular
situation: He stated that the Eagle application was sent to the National
people the day after the Board of Review, and so the family and he went on
planning the Court of Honor, which was set for next Wednesday night.
They sent invitations out, people were sending "personal letters" in lieu of
attending, and he found yesterday that the Council had got the application
back and was trying to get ahold of him to clarify two merit badges which
the Scout earned but there was no matching Advancement report sent to
National on. He asked me if there was a way that he could get a Eagle Scout
Badge and certificate to present to the Scout anyway until the "real award
and stuff is sent to me". The short answer is NO, there's not.
The Eagle Scout Badges and certificates are controlled by the Eagle Scout
Service at National. While an Eagle Scout *can* purchase a replacement
Eagle Badge and even a replacement Presentation Kit, you cannot get a blank
Eagle Scout card nor certificate. Most importantly, your Council Executive
has to request those things for you, and I'm sure he or she would ask
questions about "a BLANK card"??
Bottom line: he's now having to get ahold of everyone coming to this Scout's
Court of Honor, and informing them that the Court of Honor's on hold until
they can produce the documentation and get the award approved.
Beth (and to remind others), there are two great resources available to you
to assist you in your planning of the Court of Honor: Mark Ray has a book
which outlines how to "use your resources" to do a great Court of Honor;
there's also the EagleTips which are available from our archives which
compresses a lot of great ideas and ways that your Scout's Court of Honor is
a special occasion and one in which is truly "your unit's". Both resources
are worth the extra effort in getting the information!
Great questions.......thanks for asking them!
(c) 1997 Mike Walton ("no such thing as strong coffee,...") (502) 827-9201
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