Re: Eagles at Recognition Dinner
Mike Walton ("settummanque,)
Wed, 25 Oct 1995 17:07:06 -0500
Ron asked for our opinions on having Eagles attend the Council's Annual
>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.
Here's what I say:
First off, I'd betcha a CSP that many of those that have been "complaining"
are not Scoutmasters, nor are Eagle Scouts; therefore, they don't understand
that SCOUTING IS A YOUTH PROGRAM. EVERYTHING WE DO IS IN SUPPORT OF THE
YOUTH IN OUR UNITS AND WITHIN THE COUNCIL.
Therefore, not having Eagle Scouts recognized at a COUNCIL RECOGNITION
BANQUET is like not having the academic winners recognized at a high school
graduation banquet or program.
Second, many Eagle Scouts do not receive *ANY* recognition when they get
their Eagle Scout Badge during their Court of Honor. In many communities,
they don't get that recognition mainly because newspapers and community
organizations view Eagle as "oh well...it's something that the kid has
earned", not the "highest advancement available within the Boy Scout program".
Thirdly, Council Annual Banquets in lots of Councils equate to "let's have a
drink and talk about Boy Scouting", and that's what I feel is the "hangup"
about having youth around. It's not supposed to be that way, Ron, and all
of those adults should be setting a visual example for the boys and girls
within their Council.....wanna drink? Do so OUT OF UNIFORM and AWAY from
things that are associated with Scouting, period!
Finally, your Council should consider having a separate Eagle Recognition
Evening or program....it's a good money-raiser if your Council staff adviser
does it right and if your Committee gets behind it for the right reasons: to
recognize Eagle Scouts within your Council and to encourage them toward
higher and higher personal and professional goals. I've been a speaker at
plenty (40 or so in the past seven years) of them and I've seen the
following varations on this theme; the *best one* is on in which Girl Scouts
acheiving Gold (at that time, it was First Class), Junior Acheivement school
leaders, and church group youth leaders were ALL invited to a "YOUTH
RECOGNITION EVENING" co-sponsered by the teachers' union, a radio station,
the BSA and GSUSA local Councils, JA and a state church group. Each table
had an Eagle Scout, a First Class Girl Scout or other leader, and two
adults. One was from one of the "underwriting groups"; the other was
someone from business, the military, the arts, sports or entertainment. At
our table, for instance, it was an Eagle Scout, a First Class Scout, myself
(representing the local Council) and a television personality. This
allowed for exposure of the individual accomphishments to a "community
leader", with assistance from the adult at that table representing the
"underwriters" to provide additional information on what makes them so
special; and TWO up and coming leaders.
The entire slant of the Council's Recognition Banquet is to honor those
adults that work with youth within the Council's territory. Not having
those youth that they've assisted in a positive way present is almost a slap
in their collective faces and doesn't send a positive message to the youth
and to the community that "this is what we're doing it for".
(c) 1997 Mike Walton ("no such thing as strong coffee,...") (502) 827-9201
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