Eagle Scouts have been giving speeches since their association's founding in 1925.
Eagle Scouts have been giving speeches since their association's founding in 1925.

Delivering a speech at your Eagle Scout graduation ceremony is an honor, and an opportunity to recap your scouting experience while giving thanks to those who have helped you along the way. Sitting down to write a speech is always a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be if you have a plan. When you have enough time to think, edit, and practice, you might even find the process enjoyable. Just remember to be yourself and speak from the heart.

Start with an introduction stating who you are and what a privilege it is to be speaking. Throw in a joke or lighthearted anecdote about being an Eagle Scout to loosen up the audience and grab their attention.

Organize your material into main points. Somewhere between three and seven points is typical for a speech. Pick these points well. For an Eagle Scout speech, your points might include "what the Eagle Scouts have done for me," "who I would like to thank," and "what it means to be an Eagle Scout."

Support your points with stories, facts, examples and other information.

Use smooth transitions to link your introductions, points and conclusion together. Remove points that are not crucial to your Eagle Scout speech to stay on target and keep the audience listening.

Write a conclusion that wraps up your points and general theme of your speech. Restate the main purpose and leave the audience with a lasting impression.