Re: Courts of Honor
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Mon, 4 Aug 1997 00:57:29 -0400
On Sun, 3 Aug 1997, Ronald W. Fox wrote:
> Troop 69 of Des Plaines Valley Council will be holding it's first ever
> Court of Honor. We have Tenderfoot awards and a few Merit Badges from
> Summer Camp to hand out. I would like suggestions on how to run it.
Ron, congratulations on getting your Troop going and to the point where
you can have a Court of Honor.
Start with a tone-setting opening - flag ceremonies and recitations of
the Oath/Scout Law are frequently used, though other openings could
easily be used; e.g., something inspiring or something to establish the
seriousness of the Court of Honor.
The presenations of awards should be the climax, but before you get there
you can take some time to do patrol cheers, enjoy a skit, have a Scout
demonstrate a skill or something made at camp, pass on information to
Once you've reached the point of presenting awards, try using a ceremony
that the PLC has scripted - much better for the Scouts to take an active
part in planning and learn from this experience how to recognize the
achievements of friends. Coach them, but allow them to play a roll in
developing the ceremony.
After the awards of been presented you can use a Scoutmaster Minute
approach to cap it off nicely. Pick a SM Minute story that you can fit with
the achievements of your Scouts. In your time on stage try to reinforce
the advancements by taking a short period of time to say a few positive
things about each Scout and how proud you are of their progress.
The following SM Minute can be used:
Scouts, I'm sure you've all seen a diamond. It's very hard,
very bright and very beautiful. Most of you have probably seen coal, too.
It's dull black and it crumbles easily.
Now a little chemistry lesson. Who can tell me how coal and
diamonds are alike? That's right - both are made from the element
carbon. But a diamond has great value because it is rare. I compare
the diamond to a man of sharp mind, hard body and shining bright spirit.
The coal might be compared to a man who is not mentally sharp, physically
tough or spiritually bright.
Someone once said that a diamond is just a piece of coal that
stuck to it. Over many millions of years, its brilliance was caused by
the heat and pressure inside our earth.
My hope is that like that diamond you will stick to it by
following our Scouting ideals. If you do, you will become an example of
what a man should be.
Following this SM minute you could take time to point out some positives
for several of the boys and let them know that in your opinion they are
diamonds in the making.
Try a friendship circle closing with the Scouts singing the Scout Vesper.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
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