How Eagle Scouts Can Pay It Forward



One of the most popular exhibits at this summer’s National Jamboree was the National Eagle Scout Association tent. And one of the neatest activities that happened there was the distribution of Future Eagle Scout pins. Over the course of the Jamboree, staff members distributed 2,000 of the pins, issuing a challenge to each recipient to become an Eagle Scout. (There’s no doubt the coins work; several Scouts who’d received similar coins at the 2013 Jamboree came back this summer to show off their Eagle Scout patches.)

So what’s the connection with Eagle courts of honor? Your next honoree could have a similar, albeit smaller, impact on the younger Scouts in attendance.

Several years ago, I heard from a mom whose son handed out Scout Oath and Scout Law pocket coins to his troop’s newest members during his ceremony. As he did so, he said, “My Scouting journey is complete and yours is just beginning; keep this coin with you always to remember to live by the Scout Oath.”

The new Scouts were excited to be part of the ceremony and to receive their coins. The group picture taken that day will doubtless reappear when some of those boys step forward to receive their Eagle Scout badges.

How does your troop involve younger Scouts in Eagle courts of honor? Post your comments below.

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4 thoughts on “How Eagle Scouts Can Pay It Forward

  1. Jo

    Great idea!! However-my son’s scouting journey is NOT complete! He plans to continue involvement in his venturing crew and has expressed interest in being a scouter someday.
    Theme for his ceremony is Eagle Mountain-so saying something like “I’ve reached the peak of Eagle Mountain and now it’s your turn to climb!” would be more appropriate. The ceremony script reminds everyone that there are more peaks to conquer and this statement will follow that script’s theme.

    • I’m glad to hear your son doesn’t see Eagle as the end of his Scouting journey! Venturing is a great next step and the perfect way to transition toward being an adult leader.

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