Courts of Honor
Each year, our troop will hold several courts of honor. We always have a Fall and Spring Court of Honor that recognizes all scout achievements for the troop. We usually have at least one Eagle Court of Honor per year – these are scheduled based on the number and timing of scouts achieving the Eagle rank.
Fall Court of Honor – This event is usually conducted at a local campground to encourage family participation. Typically, it is held in the September-October time frame. Webelos are invited to join us for an outdoor event (requirements for both the Webelos and Arrow of Light advancements) and some may stay overnight. We also try to have a cooking competition and announce winners at the ceremony. The evening always concludes with some dutch oven cobbler in various delicious flavors. Bring chairs, a camera and enjoy the evening with the troop (or chaperone the full campout and enjoy gourmet fare prepared by veteran leaders!). The focus – 1st year and Bartle achievements, as well as Mic-O-Say advancements.
Spring Court of Honor – This event is usually conducted in late April, sometimes early May. It is usually held during a regularly scheduled troop meeting and all parents are invited to attend. There is usually a recognition of all Eagle Scouts in attendance, and the awards focus on advancements earned since the Fall COH as well as completions from the Merit Badge Forum (Jan/Feb event).
Eagle Court of Honor – Experienced scouts may turn in their Eagle packet throughout the year. This contains all their Eagle requirements compiled for their Board of Review. The Eagle Board of Review is usually conducted 6 weeks after turn-in. If passed, the scout will become an Eagle on that date. He and his family will work with other new Eagle Scouts to plan an Eagle Court of Honor. Troop 265 likes to keep the ceremony for 2-4 Eagles at a time, so that each Eagle can be appropriately recognized. When these events are scheduled, we encourage participation by the entire troop – boys and families. Eagle Scout is a significant achievement in a boy’s life, and we want to show support and congratulations for their efforts.