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Troop role for Eagle Court of Honor after EBOR Disp Circumstances

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Hello - 

 

My son recently achieved his Eagle Rank after a dustup in his troop resulting in us pursuing an EBOR under Disputed Circumstances. The process worked exactly as it should - council got involved and he achieved his rank.  

 

The problem we're facing is planning his Court of Honor.  The other 3 scouts in the troop opted for a COH during the troop's regular courts of honor, not a separate thing.  My son wants to have a larger event with friends, family, etc.  

 

Obviously, there's bad feelings with leadership, us and my son.  No letters have been requested for him, nobody picked up his credentials, etc.  

 

Has anyone had experiences with planning a COH like this?  We still want the troop involved and everyone from the troop will be invited. 

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Can you go it alone, and just INVITE the troop?  Maybe hand pick some boys to have tasks (colorguard, readers, etc?)

 

Reach out to the district and council? They can provide help with a ceremony, fill in where a SM should.

 

IMHO I would just write the troop leadership out of the picture. Go it alone. I am sure you will get boys from the troop to show if they are invited with an invitation OUTSIDE of the troop environment. Nobody can stop them from attending.

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I don't know of any other major celebration in a person's life.

 

The whole class is not expected to show up for graduation from HS, College or whatever.  It's usually limited to family and friends

 

The whole class is not expected to show up for any coming-of-age celebrations. It's usually limited to family and friends

 

Weddings?  Same thing

 

Birthday, even the biggies?  Same thing

 

Promotions?  Anniversaries?

 

Why is ECOH any different?

 

Or worse yet, every gets invited and no one shows up. 

 

Every boy is to decide how he wants his ECOH to go.

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Welcome to the forums!

 

The only thing your son has control over is the invite list.

The troop has control over their participation.

Your son's friends have control over their participation.

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I concur with the others:  your son calls the shots. 

 

Invite the troop if he wishes; if they want to attend, great.  If not, so be it.

 

Credentials:  talk with the council.

 

Letters:  just my opinion, but they are strictly optional.  A whole cottage industry has been created over the last 20 years, soliciting famous and influential people who are supposed to write fancy congratulation letters for Eagles they don't know from Adam's house cat.  Unless there is a personal connection (employer, neighbor, family member who has done good, etc), the letters are meaningless.   But that's just me.

 

Anyway, congratulations to the new Eagle!

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Belladonna,

 

When you are poison, you have to expect that people will want to keep their distance from you.

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Belladonna,

 

When you are poison, you have to expect that people will want to keep their distance from you.

A bit unfair. We don't know the circumstances. But I'm not sure what she expected (or planned for)what would happen AFTER the contested EBOR. I certainly wouldn't expect any troop to lift a finger in such circumstances.

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A bit unfair. We don't know the circumstances. But I'm not sure what she expected (or planned for)what would happen AFTER the contested EBOR. I certainly wouldn't expect any troop to lift a finger in such circumstances.

 

@@Back Pack

 

Sorry, but I think David CO was making a humorous reference to the screen name chosen.  "Belladonna" is a highly toxic poison.

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@@belladonna, It would seemI missed it in my first post, so Welcome to the forum!

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@@Back Pack

 

Sorry, but I think David CO was making a humorous reference to the screen name chosen.  "Belladonna" is a highly toxic poison.

I must have missed the smiley face then. Always good to use those so people know you're joking. ;)

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Around here when a Scout make Eagle it's the usually parents who write and ask for congratulatory letters.

There is nothing stopping you from writing and asking for these

When my son made Eagle he made a list of people he wanted to get a letter from.

Most have a way to contact them online and I just sent them his information asking for a congratulatory letter.

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@@desertrat77 Mike Rowe had to go to a copy of his signature since he got so many. You'll love his response for parents who gave him grief over it. ;)

 

https://www.facebook.com/TheRealMikeRowe/posts/1444289945581144:0

Thanks Back Pack, that made my day!

 

Maybe I'm just getting old.  But I don't understand the concept of collecting a bunch of letters from strangers.  And in Mike's case, he's wire-brushed by parents because he wouldn't personally sign a letter!   After all, their progeny is so very special that he, Mike Rowe, darn well better drop what he's doing and sign a doggone letter!   Unbelievably tacky.

 

To go out further on the limb, I'm fairly convinced that the standard 3 inch binder full of Eagle letters, stationed conveniently in the back of room on a conspicuous table for all to see, is created solely for the benefit of one person:  Mom.  And she's usually the one who ends up doing all of the work to get those letters too.

 

Do yourself a favor and skip all of that.   Enjoy the day.

 

Unless things have changed recently, the Eagle kit comes with a letter from National, a certificate for the Eagle, and the medal, etc.   Isn't this honorable enough?  

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I'd rather get a handwritten note from a friend saying "Congrats".  These letters others get are from people the Eagle doesn't even know.  These letters are going to end up in some scrapbook and looked at maybe a half dozen times and the Eagle's grandchildren aren't even know who these people are.

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