eagle court of honor
Darla Keller (C60DJK1@MVS.CSO.NIU.EDU)
Wed, 9 Nov 1994 17:52:00 CST
It has been interesting to hear about traditions of Eagle Courts of
Honor. I have been invovled with the same troop for 29 years, the
last 18 as SM. I can share with you our traditions.
We have a regular Court of Honor every 3 months. August-Troop Picnic
November-Cake Auction, February-Scouting's Anniversary/FOS,
May-Summer Program Kick Off. These themes are automatically
superceded by an Eagle Presentation.
We do not hold a seperate Eagle COH, we incorporate the Eagle
presentation into a regular Troop COH. We have a large troop,
about 60 scouts. Some years we've had as many as 5 Eagles, so a
seperate COH for each Scout would get a little tedious.
By including the entire troop, younger Scouts are there to witness
a very important ceremony. The troop picks up the costs, unless the
family wants something extra ordinary.
We have regular troop announcements & business, awards of
and rank for the other boys. The finale of the evening is the
presentation of the Eagle award.
We say a few words about the Eagle Scout Award, its history and
meaning in the Scouting program. We use a candle board with
candles representing the spirit of Scouting, 3 points of the
Oath, and 12 points of the Law. We also have candle boards
representing past Eagles in the troop. The past Eagle's names and
year of presentation are read. If present, they stand as their
name is read. Soon the entire stage area is lit by the lights of
the Oath, Law, Scout Spirit, and past Eagles. We use the spirit
candle to light the Eagle candles.
Next any Eagles present and not called are invited to stand. All are
seated. The Eagle candidate(s) are introduced. An informal anecdote
about the Scout is told by an appropriate adult leader. these usuall
usually involve some humor and some insight into the boys character.
A citation is read highlighting his Scouting career, other civic,
church, or school activities, and his Eagle Service Project.
This citation in trimmed in ribbon and framed.
Parents are invited onto the stage. The actual presentation is from
the SM to the mother of the Eagle. The mother pins the award to her
sons chest. The SM administers the Eagle Oath.
A special guest speaker presents the "Eagle Charge" to the Scouts.
Presentations of "Letters of Congratulations" from the mayor, state
senator, district rep, Governor, U.S. Rep, U.S. Senators, and the
President of the United States are presented. The presidents is
read aloud to the audience.
Some Scouts have elected to wait a few months until their best friend
is ready for his Eagle. Two boys entered as Tiger Cubs and went
through the entire program together, having their Eagle presentations
We have had as many as 300 people in the audience, which is about max
for our church's social hall. We have had judges, congressmen, clerg
clergy, etc. present the Eagle Charge. Each COH is a little differen
different but follow roughly the same format.
I believe it is important to:
+ Make the presentation dramatic and impressive.
+ Instill in the audience the importance of the Eagle Award.
+ Be flexible to the needs of the families.
(sometimes we've included meals at the families request)
+ Make the younger Scouts feel challenged to become Eagles.
+ Follow up with newspaper article and photo.
There is no right or wrong way to do an Eagle BOR. Each unit will
develop their own traditions.
If you feel you need guidance, talk with your unit commissioner or
district exec. There is a Ceremonies Handbook available from BSA.
I don't feel that families should be made to pay for a presentation
or that an Eagle candidate should have to plan his own ceremony.
It could be very awkward for a family with limited resources.
A troop should consider Scouting's highest honor worth the effort
and expense to make it memorable for a boy.
Yours in Scouting,
Cliff Golden - DeKalb, Illinois
Scoutmaster Troop 33, Advisor Post 333
District Commissioner - Kishwaukee District
Three Fires Council BSA
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