TROOP 888 EAGLE COURT OF HONOR Set up Fellowship Hall as shown on attached sketch. Scouts sit on floor in crescent shaped area at front of room. Adults sit in chairs behind Scouts. The Scoutmaster has isle seat in first row with the Committee Chairperson next to him. OPENING CEREMONY The Senior Patrol Leader takes his place at the podium. Senior Patrol Leader: “Will the members of the Court of Honor take their places?” [Members of the court come forward and take their places at seats in front row. Members of court consist of the Scoutmaster, Committee Chairperson, and the following Eagle Scouts: _____________, _________________, ___________________, ___________________, & _____________________ . The members of the court remain standing.] Senior Patrol Leader: “Will the Venture Patrol please escort Eagle candidate ________________ and his parents to their place?” The Eagle candidate and his parents are escorted to the three chairs at the front of the room. The Venture Crew then takes their place in the seating area for Scouts in front. The Eagle candidate and his parents remain standing. Senior Patrol Leader: “Please stand for the presentation of the Colors.” The color guard consists of two flag bearers and twelve candle bearers. Because of the narrow center isle, the opening ceremony will have the color guard detail process forward from the back of the room in single file with the American flag first, the troop flag second, and the twelve candle bearers following. Senior Patrol Leader: “Color guard, present the Colors” The flag bearers proceed to the flag standards, turn, and present the colors. Candle bearers file forward until the first Scout is at the front of the room. He stops with the remaining candle bearers in a straight line behind him in the center isle. Senior Patrol Leader: “Will the audience please join us in the Pledge of Allegiance? Scout sign. I pledge allegiance to the flag. . . . . .” “Post the Colors” “Candle bearers of the color guard, please present your candles which remind us of the twelve laws of Scouting” Each candle bearer steps forward in turn, turns to face the audience and recites his Scout Law in sequence saying “A Scout is trustworthy,......A Scout is loyal,.....etc.” After saying his law the candle bearer places his candle in the log candle holder on the front table and steps to the side. When all of the candles are in the candle holder, the Senior Patrol Leader says, “Color guard retreat”.
The flag bearers retreat followed by the candle bearers and sit or stand in the back of the room. Senior Patrol Leader: “I would like to welcome you to the Troop 888 Eagle Court of Honor. It is my pleasure to introduce Pastor ___________________ who will lead us in the invocation.” [The invocation is given] Senior Patrol Leader: “Thank you Pastor ____________________” “You may be seated” (Wait for everyone to be seated). “I would now like to introduce you to the Eagle Court. The court consists of members of Troop 888 and the Troop Committee who are Eagle Scouts. Will the members of the Eagle Court please rise as I introduce you to the audience: _________________________________ (pause between each introduction) _________________________________ _________________________________ _________________________________ _________________________________ _________________________________ “Thank you. The Eagle Court may now be seated.” “At this point I would like to introduce our Troop Committee Chairperson, Mr. _________________,” [The Committee Chairperson steps to the podium and offers his greeting, then returns to his seat] Senior Patrol Leader: “When a boy joins Scouting he agrees to live by the Scout Oath and Laws. You have already heard the twelve Scout Laws during the opening ceremony. Troop 888 Scouts will now stand and recite the Scout Oath. (pause while the troop stands) On my honor, I will.....” (The troop returns to sitting on the floor) THE PATH TO EAGLE Senior Patrol Leader: “I am pleased to introduce the Scoutmaster of Troop 888, Mr. _________” (The Scoutmaster takes the podium and describes the Trail to Eagle. As each rank is described the Sr. Patrol Leader lights one of the 5 rank candles) Scoutmaster: “I am pleased to introduce to you one of our Scouts who has accomplished each of the ranks and now is prepared to become an Eagle Scout.” (read the Eagle candidate biography)
2 Scoutmaster: “At this time I am pleased to introduce to you Mr. &/or Mrs.
Eagle candidate Parents: “_______‟s Mother & I are extremely honored to be here tonight to share with _______ in this recognition of his achieving the rank of Eagle. One of the requirements for achieving the rank of Eagle is that each candidate must write a statement on their life ambition.... I would like to share a portion of ________ „s statement.” (share parts of Eagle candidate’s statement or other pertinent things about Eagle candidate) PRESENTATION OF EAGLE AWARD Senior Patrol Leader: “It is my pleasure to ask our Scoutmaster and the Eagle Court to present the meaning of the Eagle badge” (4 members of the Eagle Court take places, one each in the different corners of the room, the Scoutmaster stands near the light box to operate the light controls.) Scoutmaster: (the Eagle on the sign is lighted) “ ________, will you please rise? The appeal of the majestic eagle has been felt by every great people from prehistoric times to the present day. To the Egyptian, the eagle was the messenger to the gods and the sun, a symbol of eternal life. To the Romans, the eagle was the carrier of Jupiter‟s thunderbolts and a sign of power. To the Indians, the eagle stood as the incentive to valor and the pledge of victory. For us today, the eagle is a living symbol of all courageous and freedom-aspiring Americans. When the Eagle Scout badge was initially designed in 1912, it was decided to suspend a small silver eagle from a tri-color ribbon of red, white, and blue. So it has remained until today” Eagle Court Member No. 1: (the white ribbon on the sign is lighted) “The foremost obligation of an Eagle Scout is to live with honor. To an Eagle Scout, honor is the foundation of all character. He knows that “A Scout is Trustworthy” is the very first point of the Scout Law for a good reason. An Eagle Scout lives honorably, not only because of the infinite importance of himself, but because of the vital significance of the example he sets for other Scouts. Living honorably reflects credit on his home, his church, his troop, and his community. May the white of the Eagle badge remind you to always live with honor.” Eagle Court Member No. 2: (the blue ribbon on the sign is lighted) “The second obligation of an Eagle Scout is loyalty. A Scout is true to his family, scout leaders, friends, school and nation. His loyalty to his troop and brother scouts makes him pitch in and carry his share of the load. All of these help to build the loyalty, which means devotion to community, to country, to one‟s own ideals, and to God. Let the blue of the Eagle badge always inspire your loyalty.” Eagle Court Member No. 3: (the red ribbon on the sign is lighted) “The third obligation of an Eagle Scout is to be courageous. Courage has always been a quality by which men measure themselves and others. To a Scout, bravery means not only the courage to face physical danger, but the determination to stand up for the right. Trusting in God with faith in his fellow man, he looks forward to each day, seeking his share of the world‟s work to do. Let the red of the Eagle badge remind you always of courage.”
Eagle Court Member No. 4: (the scroll on the sign is lighted) The fourth obligation of an Eagle Scout is to be cheerful. To remind the Eagle Scout to always wear a smile, the red, white, and blue ribbon is attached to the scroll of the Second Class Award, which has it‟s ends turned up in a smile.” Scoutmaster: “The final responsibility of an Eagle Scout is service. The Eagle Scout extends a helping hand to those who still toil up Scouting‟s trail, just as others helped him in his climb to the eagle. The performance of the daily good turn takes on a new meaning when he enters a more adult life of continuing service to others. The Eagle stands as protector of the weak and helpless. He aids and comforts the unfortunate and the oppressed. He upholds the rights of others while defending his own. He will always “be prepared” to put forth his best. You are deserving of much credit in having achieved Scouting‟s highest award. But wear your award with humility, ever mindful that the Eagle Scout is looked up to as an example. May the Scout oath and law be your guide for tomorrow and onward. Eagle candidate ________________________, I charge you to enter this Eagle Scout brotherhood holding, without reservation, and before you, the ideals of honor and service. By the repetition of the Eagle Scout pledge before your fellow members, you will become and Eagle Scout. Through the words you use are similar to those by which you joined Scouting, this evening they will mean more than they could have meant at any time in the past. When you pledge yourself on your sacred honor, you will be sealing your eternal loyalty to the code of the Eagle Scout with the words which close the Declaration of Independence.” (the Scoutmaster and Eagle Court take their seats) Senior Patrol Leader: “I would like to introduce _______________________ who will administer the Eagle pledge.” Mr. _______________: “Will all the Eagle Scouts in the audience please rise? At this time I will administer the Eagle Pledge. ____________________, please rise and give the Scout sign and repeat after me: I REAFFIRM MY ALLEGIANCE. . . . .. TO THE THREE PROMISES OF THE SCOUT OATH. . . . . I THOUGHTFULLY RECOGNIZE AND TAKE UPON MYSELF. . . . THE OBLIGATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF AN EAGLE SCOUT. . . . ON MY HONOR, I WILL DO MY BEST . . . . TO MAKE MY TRAINING AN EXAMPLE . . . . AND MY STATUS AND MY INFLUENCE . . . . COUNT STRONGLY FOR BETTER SCOUTING . . . . AND FOR BETTER CITIZENSHIP . . . . IN MY TROOP . . . . IN MY COMMUNITY . . . . AND IN MY CONTACTS WITH OTHER PEOPLE . . . . TO THIS I PLEDGE MY SACRED HONOR . . . . Two!” [to the audience] “Please be seated.”
Senior Patrol Leader: It is now time for _______ to receive his neckerchief, patch and pin. Assisting Mr. ________________ will be Mr. __________________ and Mr. _________________. The Eagle pin will be affixed upon _________‟s breast pocket by his mother. Presentation of the Eagle neckerchief, patch and pin. [The Eagle pin is presented to the mother who pins it on the Eagle Scout’s shirt pocket.] [Presentation of the special Troop Eagle Neckerchief along with appropriate comments] EAGLE’S REMARKS New Eagle Scout: [New Eagle Scout gives thanks to those who helped him and encouragement to those who are climbing the trail to Eagle] CLOSING Senior Patrol Leader: “Pastor _______________ will now lead us in a closing prayer.” [after prayer] Senior Patrol Leader: “After the retiring of the Colors, you are invited to join us in the back of the room for refreshments. Please take a moment to observe the awards table next to the refreshment table. On the table you will see ________‟s Eagle project report, letters of commendation received from many elected officials and others, and photo‟s of some of the troop activities which ________ participated in. Will you all please rise as we retire the Colors?” Senior Patrol Leader: “Color guard, retire the colors” [Color guard marches up the center isle, retrieves the colors, and exits with the colors back down the center isle.] Senior Patrol Leader: “Let us close by singing the Scout Vespers” [All Scouts sing the scout vespers] Senior Patrol Leader: “Ladies and Gentlemen, this concludes the Eagle Court of Honor” [Scouts quickly help fold chairs against the wall to make space for our guests to enjoy refreshments.]