So the evening went really well. The ceremony was simple and about an hour long. The speakers were Mark (Michael's Dad), and Tom (Michael's Uncle) with a special presentation by Laura the UBS coordinator that worked with Michael on his project.
Michael's Eagle Scout Project:
What Michael did for his Eagle Scout Project was a Blood Drive. The Scout Office wasn't too keen on this. They said that it didn't involve that much leadership in the planning and executing. Michael convinced them to let him have the Blood drive as his project if he promised to bring in 100 pints of blood. The scout leader at the office agreed and told him that this was a very hard goal to achieve and that he might have to do a blood drive twice.
Michael finished the paperwork and met with Laura the United Blood Services Coordinator for over an hour to gain a perspective of why this was important, what this included and what they were going to need from Michael. He took notes and asked questions (Mom and Kathryn were there, too). When he came out of that meeting, he was even more pumped up to do the blood drive. He asked people to help him get donors over the next 3 weeks. He made phone calls and had the church building scheduled for the event. He got his friends to come over with their cell phones the night before to call and remind people about the blood drive and make posters for the following day.
On the day of, he was a little slow in getting going. But kicked it into high gear and clip board in hand got all of his friends and fellow scouts and family members hoppin' and working the blood drive. There were about 10 of his friends that stood outside on the corners by the church asking people to come in to give blood. Out of the 120 or so donors that came in the door that day, approximately 50 were first time donors and many came in because of the help outside! It was overwhelming! Some people waited 3 hours to donate knowing that Michael needed to reach his goal so badly. I (mom) just kept a prayer in my heart that we'd accomplish this the first time!
There were a couple hiccups that Michael handled really well. In the end, that day, there were 98 usable pints of blood donated!!! Some came in later under Michael's name so he did reach his goal and in the end passed the Board of Review.
I reserved our Chapel, Cultural Hall (wood floor where sports are played), and the kitchen for a block of 5 hours. The thing that worked the best was setting up 2 hours ahead so that we could all go home and change and come back fresh and ready to go. It also gave us time to bring stuff that we might have forgotten.
In the Chapel by the podium, I put the Eagle's picture on one side and a lighted Eagle Scout sign on the other. The third time around, I didn't have the sign and it gave a better view to the audience of the Video Presentation. I had some Patriotic things up also.
In the Cultural Hall, I had tables set up in an "L" shape with 5-6 tables from classrooms in a row with Michael's accomplishments and projects on display. I also at the other end of the "L" had 2 long tables with red and blue table clothes on them with the food. Intermixed with everything was a lot of red, white and blue/patriotic themed items for decoration.
At the Scout office we picked up Michael's packet with his award and certificate and some instructions.
We also went to the Scout Office Store and bought his tie, an Eagle Scout Scarf and Slide, the programs and some plates and napkins. The first Eagle I had, I bought the posters with the Scout Oath, Scout Promise, Scout Slogan and Scout Motto on them and mounted them on dark blue thick project poster boards that you can get just about anywhere. I put them on large easels around the rooms for display. They've lasted really well through 3 boys.