For Want of a Butterfly Clutch


During World War II, a famous proverb was posted on the wall of the Anglo-American Supply Headquarters in London. It went like this:

For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the message was lost.
For want of a message the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

The stakes aren’t quite that high when it comes to Eagle courts of honor, but that doesn’t mean you should pay less attention to your supply list as you prepare. I still cringe when I think about the time when, in the middle of one of our troop’s courts of honor, someone remembered that the Eagle badge kit was still sitting on the Scoutmaster’s desk out in our Scout house. Fortunately, I was able to hustle over and retrieve it in time.

Even if you never make that boneheaded mistake, it’s not at all uncommon for a butterfly clutch–the small bit of hardware that holds a lapel pin in place–to slip off a table and vanish in the carpet. In fact, a few spares should probably be on your supply list. (You can buy a lifetime supply on Amazon for $7.99.)

Speaking of supply lists, one of the nine planning checklists in The Eagle Court of Honor Book lists all the equipment and awards you should have on hand for each ceremony. I encourage you to make a copy and then, just like Santa Claus, check your list twice before your court of honor begins.

What? You don’t have a copy of The Eagle Court of Honor Book yet? Click the title to order one now in either print or Kindle format. When you do, I think you’ll agree with the reader who said, “The information is insightful and a welcome addition for our parents preparing for their sons’ ceremony. It is well organized and easy to follow. It flows like a river.”


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