Re: Eagle Court of Honor?
John Pannell (PANNELLJ@DELPHI.COM)
Tue, 8 Nov 1994 20:00:16 -0500
I find the various posts about customs regarding the Eagle Court of Honor
I grew up in New York (Long Island). At that time, it was customary for the
parents to be responsible for the Eagle Court of Honor, according to their
means. If needed, sometimes the troop would be called in to help out. But
I suspect, if it were a choice between raising dues, or doing more
fundraisers, so the troop would have money for Eagle CoH's or having the
parents of the Honoree pay, the parents would get the bill.
Some became quite elaborate. Some were just simple receptions. In all
cases the ceremony was impressive. Local politicians and civic leaders were
invited. The Scout's clergyman would be asked to give a benediction or
appropriate words or prayer or thanks. Should the Scout not belong to a
particular church, it was discretely handled in a different way.
The ceremony itself was usually quite impressive. The honoree had that
night/afternoon to himself. Friends and family of the honoree, whether
involved in Scouting or not, were invited. This was the boy's Big Day.
Fast foward 13 years... Now I am in North Carolina and work as an Assistant
Scoutmaster. Here it is the custom for the Eagle badge to be presented in
the Scout's church during Sunday services. Yes, that's _church_, virtually
everyone here is of some sort of Christian denomination, with the Southern
Baptists predominating. The Scout might have five minutes during the
worship service. Until fairly recently, separate courts of honor were not
Some troops now have separate CoH's in addition to the presentation at
Church, but the CoH remains very simple compared to what I remember from my
younger days in NY. Civic leaders, as a rule, are _not_ invited -- no one
wants the darned politicos around. Invitees are usually the immediate
family of the honoree and Scouting contacts and close friends. You would
not be likely to see the Scout's peers there unless they were involved in
Scouting as well.
My observations are not very numerous, but this is how I see (have seen) the
Eagle Court of Honor handled in two different locations and time.
John E. Pannell
ASM Troo 39 -- Old North State Council
Eagle Class of '81
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