Re: Eagles at Recognition Dinner
Calvin H. Gray (405geezer@IGG-TX.NET)
Thu, 23 Oct 1997 13:45:20 -0400
My district (Tomahawk) in the Capitol Area Council has invited the past
year's Eagle Scouts to our district recognition event (either a picnic
or a banquet) for several years. The district does ask that the Eagles
and family members pay for the cost of the meal.
During the banquets, we present a plaque with the Eagle's name and an
Eagle badge (patch) to each young man. The wooden plaques are made by
volunteers and the income from the sale of banquet tickets pays for the
badge and the nameplate for the plaque. Our DE usually orders the Eagle
badges from National Supply about six weeks prior to the banquet.
We alternate the banquet amoung the four main cities in our district
with an ADC in charge. My wife (ADC for Georgetown) was in charge of
the 1996 banquet and I helped. An ASM in our troop made the plaques and
my wife and I stained them. We glued an Eagle patch on each plaque and
had nameplates made ($1 each) by a man who operates a trophy shop.
We held the banquet in the local Community Center (free) and catered the
meal (good ole Texas BBQ) with enough added to the cost of each plate to
cover the cost of the plaques given to the Eagle Scouts plus the other
awards presented. Our goal was to break even as far as income and
expense and we did.
At the council level, we invite the Eagles to the annual Silver Beaver
reception (we quit having a banquet several years ago) held in February.
The Austin Elks Club presents each Eagle with a certificate and a small
U.S. flag. The 1997 reception was held at Camp Mabry which is the HQ
for the Texas Army National Guard.
Our council also recognizes new Eagles by publishing their names in the
council's monthly newsletter. The council, along with the University of
Texas, recognizes each new group of Eagles by inviting them and their
families to attend a football game (at no charge) and be recognized
during an on-the-field ceremony prior to the game. The game is called
the Eagle Recogntion Game. In addition, the council has published a
very professional booklet during the past two years which gave details
about each Eagle including information on his activities, service
project and future goals.
In summary, my district and council both do quite a bit to recognize our
Eagle Scouts. After all, being an Eagle Scout is the highest honor that
a young person may receive in Scouting, and the honor deserves special
Calvin H. Gray
Scoutmaster, Troop 405
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