Re: What is a Court of Honor?
Wed, 1 Nov 1995 00:59:41 -0600
This is in response to the Court of Honor posting in which I wrote:
>>A Court of Honor (Honour) is the formalized occasion in which Scouts in the
>>USA are recognized for their advancement in the program, to honor Scouts
>>that have done exceptional things, to recognize Scouters for their service
>>to the movement or to aspects of the movement, and to recognize community
>>programs and members for their contributions to the betterment of youth.
And Jeff Glaze replied:
>Many Troops choose not to utilize a Troop Court of Honor for the purpose of
>recognizing adult leaders for their contributions. The Court of Honor is
>reserved to honor and recognize the acheivements of the boys. Our Troop
>will somtimes recognize adult leader aceivements after we close a Troop
>Court of Honor, making certain that we make a clear distinction between
>youth recognition and appreciation of adult committment.
The BSA established the Court of Honor to be the official "mechanism" for all
awards presented on behalf of the National or local Council organization.
Therefore, while there are some units that hold separate presentations for
youth and adult awards, the bottom line is that any National or local
Council youth or
adult awards SHOULD be presented in the context of a Court of Honor ("...this
Court of Honor is convienved for the purpose of presenting the Scouters'
Training Award to Scouter John Jones, for completing the training and coaching
plan designed for Assistant Scoutmasters...", for instance).
Training awards and other awards that impact upon the Troop's operation
should be presented during Courts of Honor. This gives the youth members of
some idea that not only are they "advancing" and learning, but the advancing
and learning doesn't end at 14 or 16. It also emphasizes the connection
between training and community participation with the unit's growth and success.
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