The Never-ending Eagle Court of Honor



I’ve been to more than one Eagle court of honor I thought would never end. In one case, that wasn’t a bad thing.

A Scouter I know puts on some great Eagle courts of honor. But they last forever. Literally. You see, he has taken to heart the idea that the court of honor should mark the beginning of a Scout’s life of service—not celebrate his graduation from Scouting. So his courts of honor never end.

Instead of having a formal closing, he has his emcee say something like this to the honoree: “Johnny, we have now come to the end of this court of honor—and to the beginning of your life as an Eagle Scout. And so, we will leave this place tonight, not having closed this court of honor, but having left it open to judge, to recognize, and to honor the contributions you will make in the future as an Eagle Scout. Good night.”


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