In the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), a Court of Honor is a ceremony held to present Scouts with awards they have earned. This is a major component of the Scouting Program, Recognition for accomplishment. Exact procedures vary between the different scouting organizations and also by troop and over time. In the American Venturing Program, it is known as a Court of Award, while in Sea Scouts, it is known as a Bridge of Honor.
For Troop 35, please note the following about Courts of Honor
We hold a Court of Honor usually three or four times a year, at least one in January, one in June, one in September
Rank & Merit Badge Cutoff: Due to the paperwork involved, Troop 35 cannot accept rank advancement and merit badge requests less than two weeks before a Court of Honor. Please make sure you have your ducks in a row a few weeks before the Court of Honor, including any Scoutmaster Conferences and Boards of Review.
The late summer Court of Honor (September) is usually the most active, since the Scouts have returned from Summer Camp or Aquatics Camp where they earn many Merit Badges
The entire family is invited: Mom, Dad, Sisters, Brothers, Aunts, Uncles, Grandmas, Grandpas, etc. No pets, please.
This is also a good social and informational event: Meet the Troop, the Troop Leaders, Scouters, and learn about upcoming events.
This a Formal Occasion: The Scouts must wear there Full Class A Uniform, officially known as the "Field Uniform", which includes
Official BSA Shirt and Pants
Official BSA Socks and brown/black shoes
Official BSA belt
Troop 35 kerchief and slide, or some Official BSA kerchief
Merit Badge sash
As this is a formal occasion, guests are expected to dress accordingly: Business Casual is acceptable
Eagle Scout Court of Honor
The rank of Eagle Scout, the BSA's highest rank, is typically presented in a special Court of Honor organized for just this purpose. This will often honor a single scout or a few scouts who have earned the award contemporaneously. Generally, no other awards are given out at this ceremony other than the Eagle. Details are usually organized by the Scout's unit in consultation with the Scout and his family. The Eagle Scout Court of Honor, though held on a local basis, is considered a National Court of Honor because, even after the Scout passes his Eagle Board of Review, the national BSA office must approve the Eagle Scout application.