Eagle Courts of Honor: Stop Reinventing the Wheel

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It’s amazing how much you forget from one court of honor to the next—especially if your troop only produces new Eagle Scouts every couple of years. To help her troop build a sort of institutional memory, an Eagle mom I met created a very useful tool: a pair of matching binders stuffed full of resources for planning Eagle courts of honor.

Each binder includes the following:

  • A copy of The Eagle Court of Honor Book (of course!)
  • Actual invitations, programs, and scripts from past ceremonies (from her troop and others in the area)
  • Sample letters to dignitaries, along with names and addresses
  • A sample press release and the local newspaper’s contact information
  • A list of helpful websites
  • Information on Eagle Scout gifts from ScoutStuff.org
  • A CD of court of honor materials another Scouter developed

(By the way, pocketed dividers hold the items that can’t be hole-punched.)

The troop loans a binder to each family that’s planning a court of honor, and the mom said the feedback has been great. Even if your troop doesn’t put the honoree’s family in charge of court-of-honor planning, it makes sense to put together a similar binder for your troop.

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One thought on “Eagle Courts of Honor: Stop Reinventing the Wheel

  1. Good post and a key idea that is more than the post: “Institutional memory” A great concept, I see it in my daughters cross country team. However I don’t see it nearly as much with the scouts. The scouters for sure. I think it’s important for the troop. I’m working on this.

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