The Eagle Scout Charge

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The Honor, Loyalty, Courage Charge

YOU ARE CHARGED TO BE HONORABLE. Honor is sacred and is the foundation of all character. To show honor you must be trustworthy, the very first point of the Scout Law and for good reason. From this day forward you will be held to a higher code of honor and ethics than most your peers. Honor is truly the measure of a man. Honor is represented by the white of the Eagle badge,

YOU ARE CHARGED TO BE LOYAL, to family, self, Scouting, friends, community and nation. Be also loyal to the ideals of Scouting. The blue of your new rank is to inspire Loyalty.

YOU ARE CHAGED TO BE COURAGEOUS. Courage gives all character force and strength. Have the courage to stand up for what is right and the ideals of scouting. Face each day unafraid and seek your share of the world's work to do. Let the red on your badge remind you always to have courage.

-- Thanks to Ken Carrison of Troop 7 Scituate, MA

The Reaffirmation Charge

(Scout's name), I charge you to enter the Eagle Scout brotherhood without reservation and to up-hold the ideals of honor and service. By repeating the Eagle Scout Promise with your fellow members, you will join our brotherhood. When you pledge yourself on your sacred honor, you will be sealing your eternal loyalty to the code of the Eagle Scout with the same words which closed one of the founding documents of our great country, the Declaration of Independence."

"Will all Eagle Scouts here today please stand and renew your Eagle Scout Promise as Scouts name joins our brotherhood?

(Pause) Scout sign; repeat after me;"

"I reaffirm my allegiance .... to the three promises of the Scout Oath .... I thoughtfully recognize .... and take upon myself .... the obligations and responsibilities .... of an Eagle Scout. .... On my honor, I will do my best .... to make my training an example .... and my status and my influence .... count strongly for better Scouting .... and for better citizenship .... in my troop, .... in my community, .... and in my contacts with other people. .... To this I pledge my sacred honor."

TWO please be seated

(Scout's name) will you please (stand) step forward.

In closing, (Scout's name) you deserve much credit for having achieved Scouting's highest honor. Wear your new rank humbly, wear it discretely over your heart, not on your sleeve. Be ever mindful that an Eagle Scout is looked up to as an example. Remember that your actions are now a little more conspicuous and people will expect more of you. You will always be an Eagle Scout and will be expected to conduct your self accordingly. May the Scout Oath and the Scout Law and the ideals of Scouting be your guide for today and the future. Last but not least, I charge you, and ALL Scouts, to put back into Scouting what you have taken. Make us all proud to have been a part of your achievement here today.

(Scout's name) have you any questions about your future responsibilities an Eagle? (Scout's name) do you accept this charge?

It is now my honor to turn over the podium over to one of America's newest Eagles!

-- Thanks to Ken Carrison of Troop 7 Scituate, MA

Welcome To A New Eagle

by George Crowl

Eagle Scout candidate [ Scout's name ], as a representative of the Eagle Scouts of the _____________ Council, I welcome you to the brotherhood of Eagle Scouts. Barely more than 2 percent of the boys who enter Scouting achieve what you have been recognized for tonight. The requirements are demanding, but fair, requiring perseverance and ability.

I am not here to talk of your past accomplishments, which are great, but of your future opportunities. I received my Eagle Award, more than ______ years ago, and in those years it has continually enriched my life. It is now yours. When you attend a Scouting functions, Scouters will recognized you as a doer, and you will be standing as an equal among leaders.

Your Eagle Award will go far beyond Scouting itself. When you apply to a college or apply for a good job, Eagle Scout on your application helps. I know, because it helped me.

More than that, the things you have done, the leadership and character you have developed, will stand you in better than a certificate and a piece of ribbon in a frame. You will have opportunities to be of service to others, through your school, your work, and through Scouting, because you know what you can accomplish.

In the years to come, you will casually meet men who are Eagles too, there will be an instant bond of comradeship. For you have each shared a common experience. You each know the other can be trusted, as a friend and as a brother Scout. The comradeship among Eagles extends throughout the nation, yes even around the world. For the rest of your life Scout [ Scout's name ] you travel as a marked man, an Eagle Scout!!

The Eagle Scout Charge

The Boy Scouts of the world constitute one of the most wholesome and significant movements in history, and you [ Scout's name ], have been counted worthy of this highest rank in its membership, all who know you rejoice in your achievement.

Your position, as you well know, is one of honor and responsibility. You are a marked man. As an Eagle Scout, you have assumed a solemn obligation to do your duty to God, to Country, to your fellow Scouts, and to mankind in general. This is a great undertaking. As you live up to your obligations, you bring honor to yourself and to your brother Scouts. If you fail, you bring down the good name of all true and worthy Scouts.

Your responsibility goes beyond your fellow Scouts -- to your Country and your God. America has many good things to give you and your children after you; but these good things depend on the qualities she instills in her citizens. You are prepared to help America in all that she needs most. She has a great past, and you are here to make her future greater.

I charge you to undertake your citizenship with a solemn dedication. Be a leader, but lead only toward the best. Lift up every task you do and every office you hold to the high level of service to God and your fellow men -- to finest living. We have too many who use their strength and their intellect to exploit others for selfish gains. I charge you to be among those who dedicate their skills and ability to the common good.

Build America on the solid foundations of clean living, honest work, unselfish citizenship and reverence for God. Whatever others may do, you will leave behind you a record of which every Scout may be proud.

____________________

Scoutmaster Troop ____

Eagle Scout Challenge

The Boy Scouts of all nations constitute one of the most wholesome and significant influences in the world's history. You have been declared worthy of the high rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. All who know you rejoice in your achievement.

Your position, as you well know, is one of honor and responsibility. You are a marked man. As an Eagle Scout, you are expected to exemplify in your daily life the high principles and values expressed in the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. You have assumed a solemn obligation to do your duty to God, to your country, to your fellow scouts, and to all other human beings. This is a great undertaking which you are now just beginning. As you live up to your obligations you bring honor to yourself and to your brother scouts.

As an Eagle Scout, you will be a champion to other scouts and be an example to your community. Remember, your actions will be more conspicuous. People will expect more of you. It is your responsibility to help maintain the high regard that all Americans have for Eagle Scouts. To falter would bring discredit, not only to you, but to your fellow Eagles. Keep your ideals high and your honor bright.

Your responsibilities, however, go beyond your fellow scouts. They extend to your country and to your God. America has many good things to give you, and to give your children after you; but these good things depend, for the most part, on the quality of her citizens. Our country has had a great past. You can help make the future even greater.

I challenge you to undertake your citizenship with solemn dedication. Be a leader, but lead only toward the best. Lift up every task you do, and every office you hold, with a high level of service to God and to your fellow human beings. Live and serve so that those who know you will be inspired to the highest ideals of life.

I challenge you to be among those who dedicate their hearts and hands to the common good. Build America on the solid foundations of clean living, honest work, unselfish citizenship, and reverence to God. Then, whatever others may do, you will leave behind you a record of which you may be justly proud.

-- Thanks to Steve Aberle

The Eagle's Obligation

The Eagle Rank represents proficiency in all Scouting skills, and is attained by only about 2 percent of all young men in Scouting. It represents a great deal of teamwork as a member and leader of a troop. You demonstrated, by living the Scout Oath and Law, in an effort to perpetuate the Scouting Spirit. It also represents years of hard work, strength of character, persistence and, more important, it is indicative of what lies in the future as a Scout grows into manhood. Eagle Rank testifies that a Scout has an understanding of his community and his nation, and a willingness to become involved. It is also fitting at this time, to explain that not only does this badge signify his hard work, it also signifies certain obligations on his part.

The first obligation of an Eagle Scout is Honor. The white in the Eagle Badge represents honor, and it is the sacred foundation of his character. Character is not what you think of yourself, [ Scout's name ], but what you are, deep inside. It is what you do to reflect credit upon your home, family, church, school, friends, and yourself. Always let the white of the badge remind you to live with honor.

The second obligation of an Eagle Scout is Loyalty. The blue in the Eagle Badge represents loyalty, your loyalty, for without it, character lacks direction. Regardless of how rough the road, how difficult the task, or how impossible the situation, you must remain loyal to your cause and purpose. It is the sense of belonging, being a part of a team and working together with others. It is standing by your work, your promises and your pledges. It is also the feeling you give others....knowing that they can count on you. Let the blue of this badge remind you to remain loyal.

The third obligation of an Eagle Scout is Courage. The red in the Eagle Badge represents courage, it gives your character force and strength. If you have faith in God and your fellowman, you are able to face each day unafraid and strive to share in the work at hand. You should do your part in all things, regardless of danger, adversity, or hardship. Let the red of the badge remind you of courage.

The fourth obligation is Responsibility. and is represented by the Scout Motto, Be Prepared. It means that you are always in a state of readiness, both in mind and body, so you will be able to face danger and help others to the best of your ability. It also means that you have been trained for emergencies, and that you are confident of your ability to do your duty as an Eagle Scouts.

The fifth and final obligation is that of Service. This obligation is represented by the Eagle. You must extend a helping hand to those who still toil up the Scouting trail, just as others helped you achieve your goal. It means that the daily good turn must continue. You must strive to protect the weak and defend the helpless. The Eagle also indicates that you are now an elite member of an esteemed group of world citizens. With this honor comes the knowledge that any discredit which falls upon you, also befalls your brother Eagle Scouts.

Are you willing to accept these obligations, responsibilities, and the honor of the Eagle Scout Badge?

Answer: Yes, with the help of God, I am.

Remember your obligations of Honor, Loyalty, Courage, Responsibility, and Service. Our heartfelt congratulations to you on this very, very special occasion, and our sincere hope is that you may always wear your Eagle Badge with dignity and pride.

The Eagle Challenge from the Voice of the Eagle

(To be read by Scoutmaster and 4 other Eagle Scouts present)

Leader: The foremost responsibility of an Eagle Scout is to live with HONOR. To an Eagle Scout, honor is the foundation of all character. He knows that "A Scout is Trustworthy" is the first point of the Scout Law for a good reason. An Eagle Scout lives honorably, not only because honor is important to him but because of the vital significance of the example he sets for other scouts. Living honorably reflects credit on his home, his church, his troop, and his community. May the white color of the Eagle badge remind you always to live with honor.

Person 1: The second obligation of an Eagle Scout is LOYALTY. A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation. His loyalty to his troop and brother Scouts makes him pitch in and carry his share of the load. All of these help to build the loyalty which means devotion to community, to country, to one's own ideals, and to God. Let the blue of the Eagle badge always inspire your loyalty.

Person 2: The third obligation of an Eagle Scout is to be COURAGEOUS. Courage has always been a quality by which men measure themselves and others. To a Scout, bravery means not only the courage to face physical danger, but the determination to stand up for the right. Trusting in God, with faith in his fellow man, he looks forward to each day, seeking his share of the world's work to do. Let the red of the Eagle badge remind you always of courage.

Person 3: The fourth obligation of an Eagle Scout is to be CHEERFUL. To remind the Eagle Scout to always wear a smile, the Red, White and Blue ribbon is attached to the scroll of the Second Class Scout, which has its ends turned up in a smile.

Person 4: The final responsibility of an Eagle Scout is SERVICE. The Eagle Scout extends a helping hand to those who still toil up Scouting's trail, just as others helped him on his climb to the Eagle. The performance of a daily Good Turn takes on new meaning when he enters a more adult life of continuing service to others. The Eagle stands as a protector of the weak and helpless. He aids and comforts the unfortunate and the oppressed. He upholds the rights of others while defending his own. He will always "Be Prepared to put forth his best.

Leader: You deserve much credit for having achieved Scouting's highest award. But wear your award with humility, ever mindful that the Eagle Scout is looked up to as an example. May the Scout Oath and Scout Law be your guide for tomorrow and onward.

-- Thanks to Ben Parker, bparker@interaccess.com, (Oak Park IL) ASM T-16 Oak Park IL

Weston Eidson's Eagle Scout Award -- August 25, 1996

I once knew a young scout who was reluctant to meet the requirements to achieve the Eagle rank. He might have had notions that some of his friends might think that he was not cool or that they might poke fun at him. He possibly concluded that some of the girls might think he was a nerd, a geek, a dork or something even worse. Heaven forbid if he were ever caught dressed up in his uniform or if he had to blow off "hanging around" in order to attend scout activities. After all, he reasoned, it was a lot of work and he had better things to do. In the end, however, supplied with ample motivation from his parents, he squeaked by the Eagle requirements by a hair and received the award. Before the award, he had felt a tremendous rush of guilt in needing to please his parents. After the award, he began carrying another load of guilt for receiving something he believed he did not completely deserve. Oh sure, he had fulfilled the physical requirements, if only marginally. However, he knew inside that he had not fully committed his heart to the project. For this young man, the pride of the moment belonged to his parents...not him! So this new Eagle just buttoned up his feelings in silence and moved on.

If this young man were here today, I think he would advise any scout with similar feelings that, despite those feelings, it IS OK to go ahead and do the work and receive the award without consulting friends. He would also advise that it IS OK to harbor those guilt feelings relating to his motivations. He would then explain that doing the required work, earning the merit badges and having the Eagle Medal pinned on by his mother were only the beginning of the Eagle Scout experience. . . not the end.

As this young Eagle Scout grew into full manhood and a more mature bearing replaced his youthful notions, several things came to light. Ever more frequently, he would find himself reaching back, almost in autonomic reaction, into his subconscious Eagle-Scout data base for little tidbits of information or skill to meet some daily or extraordinary demand of life. A few years later, the realization began to hit home that he had actually learned something from his scouting program. A new level of nostalgia and appreciation began to form. Upon reflection, he had re-discovered that:

  1. Honest, wholesome and tolerant relationships with people from all walks of life were first founded in scouting;
  2. Leadership, organizational skills and sound work habits were first practiced and tested in scouting;
  3. Appreciation and knowledge of nature and the ability to provide root-smart solutions to common problems reflect the scouting experience;
  4. Ability to react calmly and decisively to emergencies, large or small, is based on scout training and discipline;
  5. Patriotic service to one's country had its formative roots in scouting; and
  6. Respect for family, love of the flag and devotion to God were first foundations of Scouting.

The sum of all of these attributes may be called one's values or one's character. The aging scout now realized that he had always sensed the presence of these character attributes as if they were a second nature. The silent voice of a code of conduct and honor speaking to him from deep within. A hidden compass! Indeed, a compass aligned in no small part by his scouting experience from long ago.

However, his practice of these attributes in daily life had not been and is not now an easy task. There had been moments of temptation or failure, always accompanied by the characteristic queasy, uneasy feelings of having done the wrong thing or from not having done his best. The consolation for such disappointments was his knowledge that as long as the character still resided within him, it could be recalled and recharged. Mistakes and missteps could be dealt with.

Nope... The process of earning one's Eagle Scout award does not end with this ceremony. Weston, you, as well as every Eagle Scout, are charged with the lifelong commitment of keeping an ever vigilant eye on that hidden compass and of making continuous corrections to your course. Such corrections will prove most self-gratifying as they scratch the itch of that deeply rooted Eagle Scout Character. This is what the old Eagle Scout learned about himself after years of self examination. In the final analysis...he realized that he didn't do it to please his parents...his parents did it for him! So, Weston...just in case...don't forget to thank your Mom and Dad for their wonderful gift. Congratulations and good luck!

-- Thanks to Jack L. Eidson, Jr. August 25, 1996

 


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