Planning an Eagle Scout Court of Honor
Our family begins planning the Eagle Scout Court of Honor once all paperwork has been submitted to Council.
The first priority is to select a date for the ceremony. We initiate this process by asking the scout to identify individuals to whom he will be awarding a mentor pin. We, as parents, confirm date availability with the individual(s), as well as other important people such as the scoutmaster and grandparents.
Once the date and location have been secured, the next step is contacting any government officials you wish to recognize or participate in the Court of Honor. We have learned it can take up to six weeks to arrange for state Congressional recognitions and personal visits from busy congressmen. Plan ahead if you want to honor your young man in this way. Most governmental offices have a form that must be completed and returned.
Next step is to create the guest list. Consider inviting your son’s troop, relatives, supportive individuals from school or church, and representatives from the Eagle Scout project’s benefiting organization. We have found a guest list of around 50 makes for a nice manageable group that feels like a celebration, but personal interaction with each guest is still possible.
Now that the important people have been alerted and the guest list created, the creative parts can start!
Using blank cards from ScoutStuff.org and Microsoft Word, we have created our own invitations. Try to send out invitations at least 4 weeks in advance even earlier if the Court of Honor is to be held around a busy holiday season. If your son’s troop is large, it may be simpler to ask the scoutmaster to forward an email version of the invitation rather than mailing each family individually.