WHAT: A Court of Honor is held
several times per year to recognize the boys for the awards that they have
earned during the year. Recognition is a great motivator, so it is important
that we hold courts of honor that the boys feel are fun and meaningful to them.
When they receive their awards in front of a large group of family and friends
they should feel proud of what they've accomplished and motivated to keep
WHEN: We hold courts of honor
in January, June and September. At our January court we recognize the boys and
the adults for the leadership that they gave to the troop the prior year, as
well as give a Year in Review presentation and have a potluck dinner. We also
hold a court at Tomahawk at the conclusion of the week.
EVENT: The court is based
around a pre-written script, and as with all of our events, the court is boy
run. Using the script, our senior patrol leader opens the court with a flags
ceremony. We then hand out awards to the boys, and the Scoutmaster says a few
words. Then we close with another flag ceremony. We usually have cake and kool
Location: We need to hold the
court at a location that can hold 100-120 guests.
Boy Leaders: Usually
there are 2 boys who are working on Communications merit badge who will plan and
MC the court. They should do as much of the planning and preparation work as
Script: The script is standard
and does not change, except for improvements.
Awards: The advancement
coordinator arranges for all of the awards that need to be handed out.
Decorations: We can decorate
the location with some of our Scouting decorations. The boys who are planning
the court should do this.
A cake needs to be ordered for every event. Our quartermaster will
provide the plates and forks. He will also bring a cooler and mix to
make kool aid. Also, in January we typically have a potluck dinner.
Scouts should be divided by letters of the alphabet and told to bring
either a main dish or a side dish. Someone will need to arrange for
coffee and milk.
For the January court, certificates need to be printed for the
following: Scouts who held leadership positions during the prior year,
adults who held leadership positions during the prior year, and boys
who earned special recognition (the top sellers of flowers, wreaths and
popcorn, the boys who earned the most merit badges, who had the most
rank advancements, etc.). The Treasurer will provide the top sellers,
and the Advancement Recordkeeper will provide the names of the boys who
deserve recognition for their advancements.
Program Handout: A simple
program should be prepared for the event. It will show the order of events. Plus
it should list every award that every boy is to receive at that court. The
advancement coordinator will provide a list of who has earned what.
Ceremony: For the ceremony we
need our US and troop flags, plus the two candleholders (advancement, Scout