Good Things Come in Threes

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Several years back, our troop held three Eagle courts of honor in the period of fourth months. As is our practice, we offered the families the option of having a joint ceremony or separate ceremonies. For a variety of reasons, it didn’t make sense to combine any of these events.

Holding back-to-back-to-back courts of honor has definite advantages. You can solicit congratulatory letters once for all the ceremonies, for example, and it’s easier to remember little things like what supplies you need to bring up from the Scout closet.

But there are disadvantages too, most significantly the challenge of making each ceremony stand out and stand apart from the others. Here are a few techniques to try:

  • Don’t repeat any part of one ceremony in another (other than the obvious things like the actual badge presentation). If the first Scout does a Scout Law candle ceremony, don’t let the others do one.
  • Hold at least one of the courts of honor at a different location or a different time. Instead of your regular meeting place on Monday evening, try Saturday afternoon at a local park.
  • Use different masters of ceremonies for each court of honor—that automatically gives each ceremony a unique flavor.
  • Allow at least six weeks between courts of honor.
  • Emphasize the importance of inviting people from beyond the troop to each ceremony.

Simple techniques like these can prevent a feeling of déjà vu among the guests and presenters and ensure that each ceremony is the special event it ought to be.

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