Scott Robertson

Eagle Tip - A Rose Is a Rose Is a Good Idea

By: Posted On: 2011-04-30

I’ve often recommended that the honoree at an Eagle court of honor present flowers to his mother. Troop 7 in Warwick, R.I., takes this idea to a new level. At each of its courts of honor, every Eagle Scout mom in the audience receives a rose. As Patty Gomm explained, the roses are presented during a special segment of the program. Typically, the mother of the current honoree receives one color, while the other mothers receive a different color. (The honoree's family supplies the flowers.)

Here’s the script Troop 7 uses:

The rose is like a picture that speaks a thousand words. In the face of the rose, the heart of God is revealed. Within it you see love, tenderness, kindness, and thoughtfulness.

I would like to ask all the mothers of an Eagle Scout to please stand. Our troop’s new Eagle Scout, _______________, assisted by Eagle Scout __________________will now present you with a rose, symbolizing Scouting’s continued gratitude to you for all you did in helping your sons attain the rank of Eagle Scout.

As the roses are presented, music usually plays in the background. The popular choice? “The Rose” by Bette Midler, of course.


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