Re: Eagles at Recognition Dinner
Mark Ray (info@EAGLEBOOK.COM)
Thu, 23 Oct 1997 13:46:52 +0000
>As the District Recognition Dinner Chairman again this year I would like to
>ask the list for some advice.
>In past years we have invited the current class of Eagle scouts to attend
>this adult recognition function. There are some people complaining that the
>Eagles shouldn't be there. They say the dinner should only be for adults,
>that the Eagles get their recognition during their personal COH.
>Our Council, though its been hotly debated, does not currently hold an Eagle
>Dinner. There is no other forum for either District or Council recognition.
>I'm planning on holding my first committee meeting within a few weeks, and
>would like to hear how other districts handle this issue. Personally, I
>think we should invite them. They are the reason we all come together in
>the first place, and those that have reached our highest goal should be
>honored by the district. I also think it helps that Cub leaders get a
>chance to see what their efforts can lead to.
>What say the group?
>Two Bays District, Dover, Delaware DelMarVa Council
>District Recognition Dinner Chairman Used to be a Bobwhite, NE-VI-35
>Boy Scout Training Coordinator Problem Captain, Delaware OM
>E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org CC, Troop 903
While having a separate Eagle dinner seems preferable to me, inviting the
new Eagles to the adult event is probably better than nothing.
Here in Louisville, Kentucky, Eagles are invited to the council-level adult
recognition event. The council matches each Scout with a sponsor in the
career field the Scout is considering. The sponsor pays the Eagle's way to
the event, introduces him during the program, and gives him a token gift
(council provided). It's a good way for boys to meet new adult role models
and has led to boys "shadowing" their sponsors at work and getting some
good career information (what colleges to consider if you want to be a
chemist or how much you can expect to earn as a copy editor, for example).
It's also a good way to hook potential adult volunteers, but that's another
The whole undertaking requires a lot of work and recruiting, but it can be
worth the trouble.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City