There’s no doubt what the honoree’s mom is supposed to do during the Eagle court of honor: She should pin on the Eagle medal and shed tears of joy.
The dad’s role is not as clear (and not just because some people still don’t think men should show emotion in public!). In The Eagle Court of Honor Book, I assign the dad the role of presenting the Eagle Scout certificate. This can get a little awkward because it leaves the honoree with his hands full, making a congratulatory hug or handshake difficult.
A reader named Stephanie Sterling offered a better idea. Her troop has the dad replace the honoree’s regular neckerchief with a distinctive Eagle Scout neckerchief (available for $14.99 at ScoutStuff.org). I like this idea because it frees up the honoree’s hands and makes a follow-up hug from Dad seem more natural. Also, it nicely echoes the tradition of replacing a Webelos Scout’s plaid neckerchief with a Boy Scout scarf when he crosses over into the troop.
How does your troop customize the presentation phase of Eagle courts of honor? Post your ideas in the comments section below.
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