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Court of Honor and Awards for Eagle Scouts

The Purposes of the Eagle Court of Honor

"...The primary purpose of the Eagle court of honor is to honor the new Eagle Scout. He should be the center of attention, and the spotlight should never stray far from him.

But the ceremony should fulfill other purposes as well. Besides presenting the Scout with a badge, it should also present him with a challenge: to use his skills and experience to be a leader in his troop and in his community. This challenge, or charge, helps him answer the question "Now What?" much as a commencement speech does for high school graduates.

While the new Eagle is the focus of attention, a few other people, specifically his parents and Boy Scout leaders, should briefly share the spotlight. The honoree may be the one who climbed the trail to Eagle, but his Scout leaders and parents pushed him at least part of the way."

The Eagle Court of Honor Book, The Complete Guide to Scouting's Greatest Moments.
Mark Ray (This book is available at all Scout Shops or can be purchased online through www.scoutstuff.org.)

Eagle Courts of Honor are usually held separately from troop Courts of Honor, since the focus of the Eagle Court of honor is on the Eagle Scout. The senior troop leadership, troop adult leadership, and/or the parents of the Eagle Scout may organize the ceremony. But you can give them ideas to make the ceremony special, including:

Recognition

The Denver Area Council hosts an Annual Eagle Scout Recognition Banquet to honor each class of Eagle Scouts. You will receive an invitation for you, your family, and your unit leader to attend. This is a wonderful recognition event that acts as a grand finale for the journey that a Scout has made to obtain the rank of Eagle Scout.

In addition, there are many resources for individual recognition of an Eagle Scout. Bryan on Scouting has put together some suggestions for requesting letters of congratulations for Eagle Scouts. For Jewish Scouts, the National Jewish Committee on Scouting (JCoS) has produced an Eagle Scout Recognition Kit. The kit includes letter of congratulations as well as certificates suitable for framing. The Denver JCoS, also, has letters of congratulations available from Mike Shapiro.

Continuing the Trail of Eagle

You can continue down the Eagle trail by earning Palms. The Bronze, Gold and Silver Palm recognizes those special Eagle Scouts who continue to provide leadership to Scouting in three month increments and earn five additional merit badges:

You can continue the Eagle adventure by "Giving back more that you have been given". There are many ways to serve scouting as an Eagle: Junior Assistant Scoutmaster, Adult Leader after 18, Summer Camp Counselor, National and World Jamboree Staff to name a few.

Once you achieve the Eagle Rank, you have joined a select and honored fellowship of Eagles.

Eagle Scout Programs and Awards

In addition to your Eagle Project, there are other challenges toward which you can aspire. One of these is the Hornaday Awards:

There are also special high adventure opportunities only open to Eagles. One such adventure is the Antarctic Scientific Program:

Many times Eagle Projects can be part of the Public Service requirement for the Congressional Award process:

The other requirements include Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. If you have attended a high adventure outing such as Tahosa High Adventure, Philmont, Canoe Base, or Sea Base, these will qualify for the Expedition requirement.

Scholarships

If you are college bound, then admissions and scholarships are primary concerns. You need to begin preparing early for admission to top universities and military academies. Scholastic, athletic, and leadership achievement will count strongly. The Eagle Rank will help you qualify for many scholarships. Please visit our Scholarship resourse page for more information. View the scholarship FAQ page here.