I published the first edition of The Eagle Court of Honor Book in 1996–going on 20 years ago–which means that every new Eagle Scout from the last couple of years was born after the book first appeared. (No, I don’t feel old, but thanks for asking.)
In case you haven’t noticed, our world has changed quite a bit since 1996. And while courts of honor are relatively traditional events, they’ve changed, too. Email invitations are common today, for example, as are slick videos showing Scouts’ progress along the trail to Eagle. And I’ve heard of more than one occasion where a presenter spoke via Skype or FaceTime.
Recently, I’ve been thinking about how to incorporate Twitter feeds into a court of honor. Imagine having a period during the ceremony (or before the formal ceremony begins) when live tweets about the honoree would appear on a video screen. Wouldn’t that be a fun way for the Scouts in the audience–and those who can’t attend because they’re away to school or in the military–to participate? They could tell (very) short stories about the honoree or list qualities about him that they most admire.
It turns out the process is quite easy if you have a Twitter account (and, of course, Wi-Fi and a video projector). There are lots of free and paid services that will create tweet walls that include whatever hashtags you specify. All you have to do is make up a unique hashtag–#jonahsECOH, for example–and share it with your tech-savvy Scouts and leaders.
Here are a few services that create free tweet walls (some offer more features for a fee):
What do you think? Have you ever included a tweet wall at a court of honor? Tell me your story in the comments section, and you could win a free copy of The Eagle Court of Honor Book.