Eagle court of honor checklist
Von rosenberg, Eugene (GDVO@CHEVRON.COM)
Wed, 27 Aug 1997 09:01:18 -0700
> This might be helpful to any scout leaders planning an Eagle court of
> honor. You may edit and give to parents or leaders
> EAGLE COURT OF HONOR
> The EAGLE COURT OF HONOR is usually conducted to honor at least 1 BOY
> SCOUT that has attained the EAGLE SCOUT RANK. If the ceremony can be
> combined then some of the requirements can be shared by the families
> of the recipients if desired. In larger TROOPS it may be necessary to
> have combined ceremonies.
> The following is a CHECKLIST of sorts that can be followed to ensure
> that your COURT OF HONOR will be nice and appropriate for your EAGLE
> THE SCOUTMASTER OR EAGLE COMMITTEE WILL:
> * Contact the references listed on the EAGLE APPLICATION FORM
> * Write letters to various dignitaries announcing the receipt of
> the EAGLE SCOUT RANK. - Usually these dignitaries will respond with a
> letter congratulating them on their achievement and they may send a
> token of their appreciation.
> * Prepare a package with all the letters from the dignitaries and
> BSA national office - to be presented at the court of honor
> * Purchase EAGLE SCOUT PACKAGE - usually a case that contains:
> EAGLE BADGE & MEDAL, Mom's pin, Dad's tie tac.
> * Prepare a script for the ceremony itself .
> * Announce the court of honor to the TROOP and include the same on
> the Troop's schedule
> * Coordinate having the Troop present for the ceremony
> * Provide or serve as the EMCEE for the EAGLE COURT OF HONOR
> * Set up candle stands and other BSA type of displays - SCOUT to
> EAGLE boards and an EAGLE flag for use as a back drop is a nice touch
> - the candle stands are usually hand made from a log or small pieces
> of wood nailed together to form a stand
> * Coordinate with the BOY SCOUTS of the TROOP and train them for
> their parts in the ceremony - speaking or reading parts will be
> normally assigned to various scouts - a large part of the ceremony
> will be handled by SCOUTS
> * Select a ceremony site and arrange for its use - normally the
> Charter Organization is acceptable and is usually arranged through the
> Charter Organization Representative or directly with the
> Administration office, Church Secretary, etc.
> * Assign other speaking parts to various adults and coordinate
> their readings.
> * Return the court of honor site back to its original state.
> THE FAMILY OF THE EAGLE SCOUT WILL:
> * Select a desired date (day & time) for the ceremony - to ensure
> all relatives that want to attend will have time to arrange their
> schedules - If other SCOUTS are having a combined ceremony then all
> families must mutually agree upon a date for the ceremony - if too
> many conflicts exist - split the ceremony
> * Provide a speaker or speakers if desired.
> * Obtain BSA invitations - arrange for the printing and mailing
> * Provide table decorations for the reception that usually follows
> * Provide refreshments and cake or cookies or whatever you want -
> usually you can get a cake decorated with the EAGLE symbol
> congratulating the SCOUT on his achievement. You can also prepare any
> kinds of punch you like - with or without ice cream - the boys will
> eat it no matter what you have. Additional items such as mints,
> chips, crackers or peanuts have made appearances at these functions
> * Provide names of any special guests to the SCOUTMASTER OR
> COMMITTEE so they can be recognized during the ceremony - likewise any
> special presentations need to be known by the SCOUTMASTER and EMCEE
> * Coordinate the attendance of any special guests or color guards,
> * Set up a display of the Scout's awards and achievements like
> note books (EAGLE PROJECT BOOK) photo albums, sashes, anything that
> will spark a memory of past events.
> * Take photos and write up newspaper release (forms are usually
> provided in the EAGLE package received from the Council's office) -
> send in so it will be in the paper
> * Arrange for Newspaper coverage as desired
> * Provide a clean up crew to restore reception hall
> LIFE TO EAGLE SEQUENCE OF EVENTS:
> * Complete all required merit badges and Leadership position
> * Select and have approved an EAGLE SCOUT service project -
> complete first portion of the EAGLE SCOUT SERVICE PROJECT WOOKBOOK
> * Plan, organize, and lead the selected service project
> * Complete an EAGLE SCOUT RANK APPLICATION FORM - special note to
> Req. 6 (life purpose)
> * Participate in a SCOUTMASTER'S conference - usually takes about
> 1 hour and is normally conducted at the SCOUTMASTER'S home or the
> SCOUT'S home
> * Application and project notebook is sent to the council's office
> for review and checking - usually takes about 2 weeks - then a board
> of review can take place along as there are no problems with
> application - such as a duplicate merit badge or not enough badges or
> missing information.
> * Scoutmaster or committee arranges for an EAGLE BOARD OF REVIEW -
> board usually lasts about 1 hour - EAGLE CANDIDATE should wear a
> complete SCOUT UNIFORM with sash and have his SCOUT HANDBOOK
> * Participate in an EAGLE BOARD OF REVIEW - usually it will have
> the DISTRICT ADVANCEMENT CHAIRMAN present along with a "BOARD
> CHAIRMAN" from within the Troop and 2 to 3 other adults.
> * After the board of review the committee will complete and sign
> the: application form; and an advancement report
> * The SCOUTMASTER or EAGLE COMMITTEE will arrange to have the
> application form and the advancement report presented to the Council's
> service center for processing
> * Waiting period of about 3 months for everything from the Council
> and National to be returned
> * Send out letters to the dignitaries and obtain letters from
> references show on application form
> * After "waiting period" contact EAGLE SCOUT CANDIDATE to select
> court of honor date - notify special presenters.
> * CONDUCT THE EAGLE COURT OF HONOR
> * PRESS RELEASE
> * TAKE A BREAK - YOU ARE FINISHED !
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City