Have you ever been to a wedding where the groom had to dig around in the pocket of his dirty Levi’s for the ring–and where he eventually found it tucked away in his snuff can for safekeeping? Probably not, but you can imagine the scene. Now, contrast that with a wedding where a tuxedoed ring bearer carries in the ring on a plush velvet pillow to the sound of soaring organ music. Creates quite a different impression, doesn’t it?
How you handle the Eagle badge during a court of honor can make a similar positive–or negative–impression. Imagine, for example, having a Scout carry the Eagle badge (and mother’s pin, etc.) in on a tray or pillow as part of the opening ceremony.
Years ago, the BSA sold a booklet called “Emblems of the Boy Scouts of America in Counted Cross Stitch” that many troop moms (and probably a few troop dads) used to craft elegant presentation pillows. While the book has long been out of print, copies occasionally crop up on eBay. But you don’t have to win an eBay auction because you can find the pattern for the Eagle Scout emblem at The Hiker website. Or, if you’re feeling creative, you can create your own cross stitch pattern at Pic2Pat.com.
You can also just use a simple pillow or silver tray. Whatever you do, just don’t carry the Eagle badge in a snuff can!
For more great ideas, check out my 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.