I recently began a series of blog posts on support jobs for Eagle courts of honor. These are the behind-the-scenes tasks that are less visible than, but nearly as important as, planning and running the ceremony itself. This week: decorations.
On page 933 of the 1938 Handbook for Scoutmasters is a striking photograph. It’s the setting for a court of honor, and it features a backdrop painted to resemble a Southern campsite, complete with Spanish moss, cypress trees, a pup tent, and an American flag. Another photo from the same handbook appears at the top of this post.
Those displays may be a little over the top–okay, a lot over the top–but they hint at the ways a good decorator could contribute to the ambiance of your court of honor. If you have someone in the troop with a knack for decorating, enlist him or her to spiff up the hall where you’re holding your ceremony and reception.
The Eagle Court of Honor Book includes a number of decorating ideas, but a good decorator will have plenty as well. An Eagle Scout banner, some helium balloons, table centerpieces, potted plants, and framed Scouting prints can turn even the most ordinary or familiar location into a magical place–even without cypress trees and wall-sized American flags.
For more great ideas, check out my new ebook, Showtime: 45 Top Tips from EagleBook.com and The Eagle Court of Honor Book; it costs just $2.99 and is available for immediate download from both EagleBook.com and Amazon.com.