Order in the Court (of Honor)


Pinning on the badge. Reading congratulatory letters. Doing that old-standby candle ceremony. Announcing the reception. Telling about the honoree’s Eagle project. You have lots of things to cover in the court of honor, but how should you decide—as Abbott and Costello might have said—who goes first and what goes second?

In The Eagle Court of Honor Book, I’ve developed a standard ceremony outline, a skeletal structure on which you can build any sort of Eagle court of honor. Like the standard outline for troop meetings, my outline helps ensure that everything that needs to happen, happens—and in the right order.

Here’s my seven-part outline, along with a list of things that should happen during each part of the ceremony:

  1. Before the Ceremony (Displays, programs distributed, final preparation)
  2. Opening Period (Call to order, welcoming remarks, introductions and announcements, invocation, opening ceremony, formal convening of the court)
  3. Scouting Segment (A ceremony or presentation about the purpose and meaning of Scouting; e.g., a Scout Law candle ceremony)
  4. Eagle Scout Segment (A ceremony or presentation about the significance and history of the Eagle Scout award; e.g., “Trail to Eagle”)
  5. Presentation of the Eagle Badge (Honoree’s Scouting history, Eagle charge, Eagle Scout Promise, presentation of the Eagle badge, presentation of other awards and gifts, including congratulatory letters)
  6. Closing Period (Closing ceremony, benediction, closing of the court of honor)
  7. After the Ceremony (Reception, clean-up)

If  you think that outline is confining, think again. It can serve as the scaffolding on which to construct a thousand unique courts of honor, just as the basic three-act format is the basis of thousands of plays and movies.

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.


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