March 6, 1999
Eagle Court of Honor Checklist
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Once the Eagle Character Board has been passed, planning for the Court of Honor can begin. This is a checklist of what the new Eagle Scout and his parents need to do before and during the Court.
The information contain herein is presented in the hope that it will helpful in planning the Eagle Court of Honor. The majority of the work will be done by the troop, thereby freeing the new Eagle Scout and his family to enjoy the occasion. (The troop's responsibility is detailed in the Eagle Court of Honor Checklist for the Troop.) This checklist is fairly detailed so you'll not overlook something and so there will not be any last minute surprises. Please feel free to modify this process to suit your needs.
In recent years nearly all Eagle Courts have been held in O'Donnell Center at American Martyrs Church. This checklist assumes O'Donnell Center will be used. A map to O'Donnell Center is given at the end of this document.
__ Attend the next Troop Committee meeting to pick a date.
__ Make up an invitee list (family, friends, teachers, previous Cub and Boy Scout leaders, current Scoutmaster, Troop Committee Chairman, Eagle character board, District people, and OA).
__ Buy, print and send out invitations.
__ The Scout should determine who will give the Eagle Promise, Charge and Oath.
__ The Scout should make a list of prospective Eagle Honor Guards.
__ The Scout should prepare his personal information to be included in the program and get it to the person in charge of printing the programs.
__ The Scout should check the preliminary Court of Honor program.
__ Wash uniform. Make sure it still fits.
__ Estimate the number of people expected.
__ Buy a guest book (optional).
__ Buy Decorations and/or flowers (if desired).
__ Order the Eagle cake.
__ Order a second (backup) cake if over 92 people are expected.
__ Confirm the persons for Eagle Charge, Promise, and Oath.
__ Confirm the Eagle Honor Guards.
__ Pick up the cake(s).
__ Practice the ceremony.
__ Write letter to Beach Reporter. Include info on:
These notes were compiled from previous Troop 849 notes and from the experiences gained during Jon Maynard's (1995) and Ryan Thorpe's (1996) Eagle Courts.