Re: An eagle court question
Neil Lupton (NeilLup@AOL.COM)
Tue, 16 Jun 1998 12:21:49 -0400
In a message dated 6/16/98 10:51:37 AM, kb9ngi@YAHOO.COM wrote:
<<In our council there are some volunteers who are exercised because the
majority of eagle courts are not attended by many or any of the
Eagle Courts of Honor are a "Damned if you do, Damned if you don't" situation
for professional Scouters. Some of my observations are the following:
1) Both from a professional and a personal point of view, pros like to go to
Eagle Courts. Eagle Scouts are one of our most important products, the troop
is very proud and feels good, he gets to meet a lot of the troop leaders, etc.
2) If the pro doesn't attend the Eagle Court, note is taken. I had a former
SE of our council tell me that out of 500 Eagles in the ten years he was our
SE, he missed only 3. And he heard complaints about those three. Whether his
time was best used in that way is another question.
3) Some units "collect" attendees at Eagle Courts. They are unhappy if they
don't have a lot of professionals present. This is not a particularly
efficient use of professional time.
4) The pro can really cause a problem for himself if he doesn't go to an
Eagle Court. If goes like this. "We invited the pro to come to our Eagle
Court. He didn't come (grump, grump, grump). What are we paying this guy
for? (grump, grump grump) If he won't come to our Eagle Court, why should we
give anything to FOS (grump, grump grump). Substitute Blue and Gold Dinner,
Webelos Graduation, Post Officer Installation for Eagle Court in the above
sentence and that is the problem the pro faces. Particularly, as you point
out, if the Court of Honor is held on a Sunday.
5) There are volunteer Scouters who represent the District and Council and
BSA also. As Council Commisioner, for example, it is my job to participate in
these activities as I can. But I rarely get invited. You also have your
District Chairman and Commissioner, ADCs, UCs, etc. You have every right to
expect some representation from the district/council. But it doesn't have to
be the pro and if the pro doesn't make it but some volunteer does, then
Scouting is doing its job. After all, we are a volunteer movement.
6) If I do get invited, I anticipate that I will take some part in the
program. My job is to represent Scouting but not by just being an inflatable
dummy. It can be the presentation, the charge or just a couple of words. But
to invite a district or council person and then have the troop people do
everything can be annoying for the district or council person.
So I would suggest the following:
Invite whomever you wish. Include the Council President, Council
Commissioner, District Chairman and Commissioner, ADC, UC, etc. Give them
plenty of warning. If there is someone you particularly want, give them a
phone call or see them at the roundtable before they get the formal
Ask for an RSVP. If noone can make it, feel free to go back to your DE and
mention that no one is coming.
For those that are coming, call them a few days in advance and ask them to do
something in the program if they wish. Don't necessarily make it big, but
make it something.
Don't be too bothered if people can't make it. They have lives to live too
and may have other priority items also. My wife often says "Are you doing
that again tonight??"
I hope there are some comments from others also on this topic.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City