This is the last in a series of posts on support jobs for Eagle courts of honor, those behind-the-scene tasks that really ought to be handled by someone other than the person who is stage-managing the ceremony itself. This week: the photo/video coordinator.
Perhaps the biggest regret parents have after an Eagle court of honor is that nobody recorded the moment for posterity. There’s no video of the presentation of the Eagle badge, no recording of the moving charge the Scoutmaster gave, nothing but fading memories to preserve the moment.
The photo/video coordinator can help prevent those regrets. His or her job, simply put, is to record the event by either taking photos and videos or by coordinating the work of other photographers and videographers.
Two things can help make the photo/video coordinator successful. First, he or she shouldn’t have any other role in the event (including mingling with guests at the reception). Second, he or she should review the script ahead of time and be aware of specific moments that need to be captured: pinning the Eagle badge, making the speech, cutting the cake, etc.
One photo he or she should definitely take is a portrait of the honoree in uniform, either on the day of the ceremony or a few days before. Before works especially well because the photo can then be used in the printed program or onscreen as a backdrop. Either way, that photo will quickly become a treasured family keepsake.
Here are links to the other posts in this series:
- Physical Arrangements Coordinator
- Publicity Coordinator
- Decorations Coordinator
- Reception Coordinator
- Printed Program Coordinator
- Congratulatory Letters Coordinator
The Eagle Court of Honor Book has more information on all seven support jobs:
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