Fitting the Eagle Court of Honor to the Scout

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One mark of a great Eagle Scout court of honor is that the ceremony fits the honoree like a glove or a favorite jacket. Through the script, the decorations, and the choice of presenters, his unique story and personality shine through. Several years back, an Eagle mom named Debbie Borden told me about her son Tim’s court of honor—a great example of fitting the ceremony to the Scout.

Tim’s grandfather had been active in their troop for more than 50 years and was an important part of Tim’s Scouting years. Sadly, he passed away before he could see Tim become an Eagle Scout, but his presence was felt at Tim’s court of honor.

Tim often wore his grandfather’s red patch jacket to Scout functions. At his court of honor, Tim hung the jacket next to the chair where he sat. As he received his Eagle Scout badge from his brother Brian (himself an Eagle Scout), Tim held the sleeve of his grandfather’s jacket—a simple, poignant tribute to the tangible and intangible gifts his grandfather had left him.

Debbie told me, “As a mother, watching my son accept his brother as an Eagle Scout was the proudest day of my life. I could have not been prouder of my two Eagle Scouts on that day.”

Tim’s story is unique, but so is your Scout’s. What can you do to make his court of honor as unique and special as he is? Post your ideas in the comments section below.

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