I’ve made over a thousand printables for Eagle Scouts and there is one thing for certain, there is no set formula for putting together a Court of Honor program booklet. I’ve seen some with just about everything about the Eagle Scout and his trail to Eagle. I’ve seen some that contained nothing but poems. I think the only thing that is a given is the cover panel with at least the Eagle Scout’s name and date on it. Some people add the city and state the ceremony will be held. And others include almost all the information that would be found on the invitation (date, time, location, street address, city, and state). Some include a photograph. To make the most of your booklet, tie the inside panels together with the outside cover panels by using the same color, fonts (or ones very similar to them), and graphical elements. You can do this even if you are making the booklet yourself or using a store bought cover and creating the text for the insides yourself. If there are stars on the cover, try to use a star here or there on the inside. If there are stripes, incorporate stripes and so on. This will help your booklet more complete instead of an inside section and outside section completely separate from each other.
Here is a listing of some of the wonderful things some of my customers have included in their booklets. It might spark some ideas for yours!
- Rundown of order of events for the ceremony and who will be performing each task
- Eagle Scout’s biography (positions held, camps attended, conferences attended, Order of the Arrow involvement, and favorite activities). This is usually in paragraph form, but sometimes it is a list
- Merit Badges earned (some people just put a number, others include the listing of all that have been achieved)
- Eagle Scout project description
- Photos of the Eagle Scout, of him as a Cub, or the Eagle project (or any combination of them)
- Special thank you note to those who have supported your Scout on his trail to Eagle or helped with his Eagle project
- Special message from the Eagle Scout
- List of ranks with dates achieved
- Scout Law and Scout Oath (this is usually put on the back cover panel, but not always)
- Poems are popular. The most common are “Eagle Scout’s Prayer,” “It’s Just and Pin,” and “The Eagle Scout“
- Blank pages. You don’t have to fill up every panel with information. It’s okay to leave blanks
Most booklets are four panels. Some are eight depending on the amount of content. I have a number of program booklet designs in my Etsy shop. Some people have me print the front and back cover panels and they type up all the information for the inside panels and do that themselves. Others send me all the information and I design the inside panels to coordinate with the outside ones, then email them the file for them to print all their copies. I do not include samples of the inside panels in my Etsy shop simply because everyone’s booklet will look different. Even when using the same cover, two booklets will be different depending on how the coordinating graphic elements will be used. I’ve provided a glimpse here though so that you can see the value of integrating the design style of the outside cover panels with the inside ones.