- Recognize the Eagle Scout (and his achievements)
- Recognize the Mentor
- Inspire Other Boys
Now that you know the why, let’s work on the how. Hosting an Eagle Court of Honor can be a daunting task but, that shouldn’t hinder you from having an amazing Eagle Court of Honor. Following these easy steps can make planning a breeze:
Decide a Date
As you’re deciding a date for the Eagle Court of Honor, you must remember that it can only be held AFTER the Board of Review. Note that the Eagle Board of Review date will be the date the Scout will use for the date he achieved Eagle Rank.
Find a Venue
As mentioned above, this can basically be any where the Scout wants it. Typically, Eagle Courts of Honor are held in a church meeting house but not required.
Invite a Council Representative
Because the Eagle Award is earned through the Boy Scouts of America, it is asked that a representative is invited to “preside” over the ceremony. A Council representative can be the District Advancement Chair or a member of the Stake Young Men’s Presidency.
Plan the Ceremony
When planning the ceremony, remember the three why’s, 1) Recognize the Eagle Scout, 2) Recognize the Mentor, 3) Inspire other Scouts. With that in mind, the Eagle Court of Honor is a special ceremony that should be planned accordingly for the Eagle Scout and his guests. A great tool in preparing is following the guidelines of planning ceremonies.
An Eagle Court of Honor will be a bit more lengthy than other Scouting ceremonies so it’s vital that the Master of Ceremonies and all those participating in the ceremony have rehearsed. The organization and pacing of the event’s agenda can make for an exciting, heart-felt ceremony that is sure to inspire those in attendance. Below is a simple, standard agenda of an Eagle Court of Honor, (Note: The new Eagle Scout should be the one to ask and assign people to parts of the agenda such as the Master of Ceremonies, invocation, benediction, etc):
- Greeting by the Master of Ceremonies (MC) – This can be the Senior Patrol Leader, Scoutmaster, or a special person to the Eagle Scout.
- Opening Ceremony – Pledge of Allegiance (this can also include the Scout Oath and Law)
- Eagle Scout Ceremony
- Presentation of Scouting’s Highest Rank (Eagle Scout)
- The Eagle Story – A video that helps the audience understand the rank of Eagle Scout
- Recognizing the New Eagle Scout Presentation
- Presentation of Eagle Scout Badge
- Presentation of Parent’s Pins by New Eagle Scout
- Presentation of Mentor Pin(s) by New Eagle Scout
- The Eagle Scout Charge – Conducted by an Eagle Scout with all Eagle Scouts present participating
- Words by New Eagle Scout
- Thank You to attendees by the MC
- Closing Ceremony
The key to a successful Eagle Court of Honor is the execution of the ceremony. The Eagle Scout should be leading the preparation and planning of the event with the guidance of his parents and leaders. It should be unique and magnify the accomplishments of the boy. When you keep it personable and have a smooth flow, you can inspire those in attendance.
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