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I’m proud to say that my oldest son became and Eagle Scout on April 10, 2014! I’m so happy that we have his project over and he is so happy to be an Eagle Scout. He feels accomplished and like a leader now. He is working on his Ranger Badge now and is gung ho about it! He just turned 15 in June, and I’m so glad he did this early. I know when he gets busy with High School, Scouts will be in the backround. If he didn’t do it now, I don’t think he would have had the time or energy for it.
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We had a fun Eagle Scout Court of Honor for him and another boy in his scout troop at our church about a month ago. I thought I’d share my ideas for decorating and how to put together the program (the other mom helped me a lot with the program since she had already had 3 Eagle Scouts). I’m also going to share with you the printables I made for decorations.
First, I took a picture of him in his uniform. ** Please, if you take a picture of your son with the flag behind him please make sure to have the stars on HIS right side, left to us. I made the mistake of doing it the wrong way.** We did this just before his Board of Review, so he was all ready.
You can do this yourself. No fancy camera needed. Just find a good background, a tree, a nice rock wall, an American Flag, etc. Just have him put on his uniform, fix his hair, step away from the background so it’s a little out of focus, and you’re done. You don’t need an awesome professional picture for his Eagle Scout Invitation, trust me.
This is the one I took of my son. He was just sitting on the porch and his sister was holding up the flag. I probably should have ironed the flag, but no one cares, right? ** Please, if you take a picture of your son with the flag behind him please make sure to have the stars on HIS right side, left to us. I made the mistake of doing it the wrong way.**
Then I made his invitation in Photoshop. This invitation is included in the download pack too! Just load into photoshop or photoshop elements and place his picture on the correct layer, change the text and you’re done! It’s sized as a 5×7. If you don’t want to go to the trouble of doing this yourself, or if you don’t have photoshop, you can order it from me HERE on Etsy and I’ll make it for you. If you order the custom invitation from me, I’ll also send you the free printables in the email so you don’t have to download them here.
Next we made the program. On the front it just had the pictures of the boys. I have one made up for you that has a generic front and you can type what you want on the inside. Just open a new project in Word, turn it landscape and make two columns. In the right hand column, type your program. Then when you print it front and back it will come out right.
Get with your scout leaders and find out what they like to include in an Eagle Scout Court of Honor. Here is an idea of how an Eagle Scout Court of Honor is conducted:
Flag Ceremony: Troop 751
Eagles Nest: Name (this is where someone stands and asks all Eagle Scouts to stand and come sit in the Eagles Nest, a place where the chairs are made into a semi circle. They stay there for the remainder of the program)
Eagle Presentation: Name
Eagle Charge: Name
Presentation of the Mentor Pins: Boy’s Name (my son took this time to tell the audience about his project too)
Scout Masters Minute: Name
Retiring of the Colors: Troop 751
Keeping it simple is best! We don’t want everyone do die of boredom now do we? Our Eagle Scout Court of Honor was about 30 minutes. Perfect! I told the speakers to only take a few minutes, like 3. Seriously.
Now on to the presentation table. I had taken my sons picture and reduced the opacity so it would print lightly. I printed it on a piece of cardstock then had everyone who attended, sign it. As you can see, my husband thought it would be funny to write his name in green pen coming out of his nose. Silly boys!
Also included on his presentation table was his Eagle Trophy (which we purchased from a trophy store but I really like this one from Amazon.), his certificate in a frame, his invitation and his Eagle picture framed.
Then on the wall above his table I got some twine and taped it to the wall with stars hiding the tape. Then with clothes pins, I hung some pictures of his project, him when he was a cub scout, pictures of him in his soccer uniform and other various pictures. Also his letters of congratulations from various people, like the President of the United States, Stake Presidency and City Mayor.
Inside the room we had a refreshments table set up with more of the decorations I made. The table cloth, stars on the wall, flags and glitter stars and the little containers were all purchased at Zurchers, a local party store. I’m sure you could find these at your party store too or even Hobby Lobby.
To make the centerpieces I just cut out the scout law printables (the ones with the words on them) and taped them to a bamboo skewer. I also did the same with the glitter stars. Then I stuck a rock in the bottom of a small “popcorn container” to keep them from tipping over and added a crumpled up piece of white tissue paper. I stuck in the flag, star and word and I was done! So easy! I needed 13 containers because I wanted one for his name to be displayed on his presentation table then there are 12 scout law words to display too. So I needed 13 flags and containers. Then I needed 26 stars because I wanted 2 stars in each container.
I asked family members to bring a dessert to share, but I also got cream puffs and served them in some really inexpensive star plates I also got at the party store.
One more special thing we did? We made some Lollipics with his Scout picture on them! These are so cool! Lollipics are presonalized, handcrafted lolly pops with a printed edible image on them. They can print anything on a lolly pop from a digital file. They taste so good too! The ones we ordered tasted like marshmallow! They sent these to me complimentary so I could show you how fun these are and how much they add to a party! These would be so fun for a wedding, sweet 16, over the hill party, you name it! I’ve even seen friends scan their childs artwork and make lolly pops for them to display. So cute!
I used the box the lollipics were shipped in to display them. I wrapped the box in tin foil so it was shiny, and I used a small screw driver to poke holes evenly across the top of the box. Then I just poked the lollipics through the holes, and it was an instant display!
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All in all we had a great Court of Honor. I’m so proud of my son and wanted this to be a special day for him. After his Court of Honor, we went and got dinner as a family at the Olive Garden. It was a great day. Simple and easy, that’s the way to go.
Are any of you working on an Eagle Scout Project right now? I’d love to hear about it!