The Day the Clock Stood Still

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One of my favorite impromptu Scout games is minute judging, which works like this: Everyone sits on the floor, and a judge with a stopwatch shouts “Go!” Without looking at their watches or phones, the Scouts stand up when they think a minute is passed. Some pop up after 30 seconds; others wait much longer than a minute. The winner, of course, is the Scout who gets up the closest to the one-minute mark.

So what does that game have to do with Eagle Scout courts of honor? It demonstrates that a minute can seem like a long time, which means five or six minutes can seem like an eternity.

If you’re going to include a slideshow in your ceremony, which I think is a great idea, I recommend that you choose just one song as the soundtrack and make your pictures fit. Assuming a three- to four-minute song and three seconds per slide, that lets you show 60 to 80 pictures, which is probably plenty. (Remember: like vacation photos, Scout photos seem a lot less interesting when someone else is in them.)

You can include more music and more pictures, of course, but if you do, don’t be surprised when your guests start playing minute judging!

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