Charge & Challenge

Either the Eagle Scout Charge or Challenge is read at the Eagle Scout Court of Honor. It does not matter which one is read.

For most Court of Honors either the troop uses the one they traditionally use or the Eagle Scout picks which one they want to read.

The Eagle Scout Charge

The foremost responsibility of an Eagle Scout is to live with  HONOR . To an Eagle Scout, honor is the foundation of all character.  They know that “A Scout is trustworthy” is the very first point of the Scout Law for good reason. An Eagle Scout lives honorably, not only because honor is important to them but because of the vital significance of the example they set for other Scouts. Living honorably reflects credit on their home, their church, their troop, and their community. May the  white  of the Eagle badge remind you to always live with honor.

The second obligation of an Eagle Scout is LOYALTY. A Scout is true to their family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation. Their loyalty to their troop and fellow Scouts makes them pitch in and carry their 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.

The third obligation of the 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 their fellowman, they look forward to each day, seeking their share of the world’s work to do. Let the red in the Eagle badge remind you always of courage.

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 award, which has its ends turned up in a smile.

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 them in their climb to the Eagle. The performance of the daily Good Turn takes on a new meaning when they enter a more adult life continuing service to others. The Eagle stands as protector of the weak and helpless. They aid and comfort the unfortunate and the oppressed. They uphold the rights of others while defending his own. They will always “Be Prepared” to put forth their best.

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 the Scout Law be your guide for tomorrow and onward.

The Eagle Scout Challenge

Your conduct along the trail has been excellent. You have rededicated yourself to the principles of Scouting, but one more thing is important: Your future.

As an Eagle Scout, you become a guide to other Scouts of lower rank. You become an example in your community. Remember that your actions are now a little more conspicuous and people will expect more of you. To falter in your responsibility would not only reflect upon you, but on your fellow Eagles and all Scouting. The torch you carry is not only yours, but is ours also.

____________________, I challenge you to enter this Eagle brotherhood, holding ever before you, without reservation, the ideals of honor and service. By the repetition of the Eagle Scout Promise before your fellow members, you will become an Eagle Scout. Though the words you use are similar to those by which you joined Scouting, they will mean more now than they could have meant at any time in the past. When you pledge yourself on your sacred honor, you will be sealing your eternal loyalty to the code of the Eagle Scout, with the words which closed the Declaration of Independence. Scout, parents, and guests, please stand. ____________________, 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 the rank of Eagle Scout
On my honor
I will do my best
to make my training an example
my rank and my influence count strongly
for better Scouting
and for better citizenship
in my troop
and in my community
and in my contacts with other people
to this I pledge my sacred honor.

James E. West Fellowship/Endowment

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Patrick Selover jumping with flag backgroundPatrick Selover – New Eagle Scout Finds a Way to Give Back to Peninsula Scouting in Perpetuity.
Patrick Selover, Eagle Scout 2013, Troop 37 spoke the Eagle Scout Promise for the first time at his May Eagle Court of Honor. These new words . . . “to make my training an example, my rank and influence count strongly for better Scouting, and for better citizenship, in my troop, in my community” . . . took on a special challenge and new opportunity for Patrick. Patrick knew what he wanted to do. See the rest of the story and photos here.