As your son is completing his Eagle rank, most parents usually start to think about what they and going to need to do to recognize the day that their son is awarded the Eagle Rank. After all, no scout advances to Eagle without the help and support of his parents. In Troop 777, the day that the scout is awarded his Eagle Rank is a big day for everybody and we always recognize the parents as well as the boy! This web page is to help the parents understand what we expect of them and what they also do not need to do (this is in addition to the Eagle Support pages elsewhere on our website). As with anything in Scouting, if you want help for anything listed here, just ask - there will always be many who will help in all aspects of this process.
First, congratulations and thank you for all of the hard work that you, the parents, have done to keep your son in scouting and in his achievement of this rank! Take a minute and think back to all of the great times that you have had in scouting with your son. this is important as not only has this been his journey, but yours as well. Also, during the Eagle Ceremony, you may want to reiterate some of these memories as part of the ceremony, either as a parent's moment, or during the funny stories that always accompany the Eagle Ceremony.
Next, plan to attend some of the Eagle ceremonies that occur in our troop, or even in some other troops. Every Eagle ceremony in Troop 777 is planned by the Scout, but often there is input from the families. In our troop, the scout is given resources and guidance with the Scoutmaster and they work together to plan the ceremony. It is not unreasonable (and is welcomed) for you, the parents, to make suggestions about parts of the ceremony. If you have attended an Eagle Ceremony and liked something, suggest it to your son. It is his decision as to what will be the final format of the ceremony, but the best decisions come with looking at all of the options!
Start to think about who should attend (grandparents, other family, friends, mentors, the scout's girlfriend...). This event is not unlike a wedding and is one of the biggest day's in your son's life. All have played a part in your son's growth and his current place in life. Many non-scouts are honored and delighted to come and celebrate this day with you and your son. your son should have some idea as to who he would like to attend.
Think about when would be a good time to have the ceremony and where you want to have it. Some families time the ceremony to coincide with other family events to maximize attendance and to minimize travel costs. Are the grandparents snowbirds? If so, perhaps waiting until summer is a good idea. There is nothing that says an Eagle ceremony has to happen the moment that a scout passes the Eagle Board of Review.
Where would you like to have this celebration of scouting? We have had ceremonies outside and inside, in parks, churches, and camps. We have had music, singers, bands, dinners, snacks, fires, canoes, and many other options to make the day special to your son and your family. Sometimes, it is what you want to do at the ceremony that will drive where it is going to happen.
It is highly suggested that the moment you know where and when you want to have the ceremony, you make sure the Scoutmaster has it on his and the troop calendar...
Now that you know the where and when, you need to think about the what... We do encourage the families to have some kind of fellowship after the ceremony. This can be snacks and punch, cake and ice cream, or even whole meals. Your call as to what you want to do here.
Now you have all of the parts aligned for your tasks. Again, you can ask anybody to help if you need it.
Here are the parts of the ceremony that the troop is responsible for:
Got other questions? Please ask!