scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Mike mentioned something
Tue Apr 18 2000 - 17:25:37 CDT
that brought up another memory.
I was asked by an old unit to attend an Eagle ceremony. I saw a lot of people
I know, but I also was called -- unknowingly -- to present part of the awards.
Now the Scout was up there with his OA sash and MB sash on, everybody was
proud, and I looked down into the church to see the Scout Exec sitting there,
the DE, and more.
Of the four people called forward when I was, I drew a palm.
Hadn't seen the youth since 1995 and after four years I cannot recognize him
in a crowd. Everyone else apparently knew what they were supposed to do and
did it. I stepped forward and started whispering to him:
"Did you actually earn this?"
"No, not did you finish the merit badges, has it been 3 months since your
"You're sure you're not squeezing things here?"
"No, its all right to present it."
"Fine. Now the ceremony is almost over, when its done, get out of sight and
remove your OA sash, you're not supposed to be wearing it."
"Trust me, you don't want to look foolish when we get down into the basement
"The council Scout Exec is in the audience, you want to be in proper uniform."
I have now taken more time whispering back and forth with this kid than the
three other adults took to give him his Eagle medal, his patch, and his
certificate, and I STILL haven't pinned on the Palm. In fact, I talked longer
than the town mayor, which was unique, believe me. We went back to that Palm:
"Now you're sure you earned this? Conference held, everything?"
Finally I realized I better talk to a bigger crowd and told everyone what I
was pinning on the award and why it was being presented. I'm sure I mumbled,
both because I was trying to make the kid look good and make sure I wasn't
doing something I shouldn't. Then I went to sit down.
We got downstairs and the ADC and the DE and the SE dragged me to their table
and asked all about it. In the meantime, the newly pinned Eagle came
downstairs looking as if he had just read a uniform and insignia guide while w
e were all moving downstairs. I got asked about what happened.
I explained I just wanted to be sure I was doing the right thing. After all,
this council had asked me less than a month before to see if I could push
through a God and Service award for a man I worked with for 15 years and
never knew was a Presbyterian, now I'm called back to present a pin and I
don't know if it was actually earned.
The SE just said "If the time wasn't up when you got up there, it surely is