Can I Get a Witness?

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Most Eagle Scouts excel in several areas of their lives, not just Scouting. The young man you’re honoring at your court of honor may well be an honor student, a star athlete, or a leader of his church’s youth group. These other accomplishments could enhance the picture painted at the Eagle court of honor—if they were mentioned. Unfortunately, they’re usually left out.

One court of honor I attended solved this problem neatly. The program included a 3- or 4-minute “testimonial” from someone who knew the honoree outside of Scouting. For one young man, it was a family friend who had also been his middle-school principal. For the other, it was the director of the church choir of which he was a member.

These men gave the ceremony added color, humor, and depth. They also had some surprising insights. For example, the choir director said, “The point of Scouting is not to make you a different person but to take the person you are and make you better.”

Who has been instrumental in your honoree’s life outside Scouting? Consider inviting him or her to participate in the court of honor. You’ll be glad you did.

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