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Planning Eagle Court of Honor

The troop does not plan or conduct Eagle Courts of Honor (COH). This is the family's responsibility. However, the troop will assist with coordination, planning and the event in several methods. The Troop Eagle Coordinator can provide advice and assistance for planning a COH. Other key personnel that can advise and assist are:

General Information

Props: troop flag, US colors, stands and other props (candle log, candles, etc). Coordinate with the troop's adult leaders to ensure these items get to the venue. Ensure a leader attending the COH or participating in the event can get them to the COH or can help someone locate them for prior pickup. The color guard should have the flags and stands and check before the ceremony begins that they know what to do and where to place the colors. Verify the stands actually work with the flag poles on hand.

Date of COH: Coordinate with the Troop Committee all planned dates for COHs. Once the date is set the troop will put on the troop calendar.

Troop Award: The troop typically provides an award for the Eagle Scout. Contact the Troop Committee Chair for more information.

Eagle Rank award, parent pins and Certificate: the troop will provide these items as part of the rank application process and awards purchase. Only a troop awards committee person can obtain them. Contact the Troop Advancement Chair for more information.

Venue & Refreshments: the troop can only recommend venues. The reservation and booking of the COH venue is up to the family. Some prior venues have been the family's church or synagogue, the Legion Hall in Newtown, and the David Library of the American Revolution in Washington Crossing. Other venues may be suitable. The troop does not cater or provide food, drink or refreshments. This is up to the family to arrange if they desire.

Invitations & Attendance: the family handles the invitations and RSVPs. The Scoutmaster does not determine who attends a COH but can encourage scouts to attend and support a COH.

Publication & News Release: TBD

Brochures/Programs: the family handles the program. But, discuss with other families and troop leaders to find out where and how they were done in the past or for a sample to do your own.

Master of Ceremonies (MC): this can be anyone. Typically the Scoutmaster, a Committee Member or Assistant Scoutmaster performs based on their availability and the Scout's preference. But, it could also be a friend of the family, a religious leader or anyone that is comfortable doing it. The scout should contact and coordinate the MC for their COH.

Color Guard & Escort: this is usually a group of the scout's peers and/or friends from the troop that the scout asks to perform the functions of escort and color guard. The Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster can also form a color guard from the available boys that attend a COH.


There are no real rules for the script. The ceremony should be dignified and respectful for the occasion but can also have some levity and fun to keep it entertaining. Typically the Scout and family will select on from the wide assortment on line and adapt as they see fit. The main components are:

  • Opening & pledge (post the colors & escort the candidates)

  • Benediction (family's chaplain, pastor, preacher or rabbi or other person tasked with delivery a prayer)

  • Guest Remarks & Presentations

  • Trail To Eagle & Binder: the troop can assist and several people have performed this role for the troop in the past, contact Heather Wessner (hwessner@comcast.net) and see if she can perform or provide advice & assistance.

  • Eagle Award: The MC and others designated by the ceremony outline the family selects and the Eagle candidate will determine the composition of the ceremony. Usually the MC or another individual invited by the candidate performs the ceremony.

  • Parents Pins & Other Pins: the Scout will present pins to family/others and give their remarks.

  • Eagle Charge: the Scout/Family normally determines who gives the Eagle Charge and coordinates for this person to be at the ceremony. It can be the MC or another adult, family member, friend or troop leader that is an Eagle Scout.

  • Roast: some family's allow friends, family and leaders to "roast" the new Eagle(s)

  • Closing Ceremony & Prayer (retire the colors)