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.