Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: Gift to Troop for Eagle Court of Honor
Re: Gift to Troop for Eagle Court of Honor
Thu, 3 Jun 1999 10:44:53 -0700
F.KYLE LONGHOFER <KLONGHOF@SMMG-LAW.COM> wrote:
>My son is the first eagle for our new troop (we have been chartered
>only for two years). Our committee chairman is from another troop
>that have a tradition of the parents of each eagle scout donating
>something to the troop in honor of their son making eagle. My wife
>and I agree that this is a good tradition and are willing to make a
>nice donation to the troop.
> We have been ask to donate a candle holder or center piece for
>courts of honor. The troop has either been using a log with holes
>drilled in it or has borrowed an elaborate holder from another troop.
>At other courts of honor, I have seen elaborate and nice candle
>holders that were evidently handmade for that troop. Is there a
>place to order a nice candle holder with appropriate Boy Scout
>insignia or does anyone have plans for a nice holder that I can give
>to a craftsman to build for the troop. The court of honor is not
>until August, but I want to get started on this as soon as possible.
>My wife and I are willing to spend a reasonable amount to get a nice
>holder for the troop. Any help would be appreciated.
Troop 24 will recognize its 170th Eagle Scout this summer. Traditions
are nice, but they have to start somewhere.
We have a red table cloth with the white numerals 2 and 4 stitched onto
it. For Eagle Courts, we have a set of wrought iron candle stands, each
with the symbol of one of the ranks of the Eagle Trail. We learned
recently that the table cloth (which we use at every court of honor)
and the candle stands date from the second Eagle Scout in Troop 24 in
the 1920's. The Scoutmaster at that time was the junior high shop
teacher and made the stands for that second Eagle Court. The table
cloth was created at about the same time. Now every Eagle Scout in
Troop 24 is a part of that tradition, connected back to the very
beginnings of the troop.
I think your plan to begin equipping your troop with the means to
recognize its Eagle Scouts in the future is a great idea, and one that
will become more meaningful as the troop grows and the number of Eagle
Alan R. Houser ** firstname.lastname@example.org
** Scoutmaster, Troop 24, Berkeley, California **
** Committee Member, Crew 24, Berkeley, California **
** Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner, Herms District **
** WWW page ** http://www.emf.net/~troop24/t24.html **