How to Word Invitations for an Eagle Scout Ceremony

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Eagle Scout is the highest rank within the Boy Scouts of America organization.
Eagle Scout is the highest rank within the Boy Scouts of America organization. (Image: boy scouts image by Inhumane Productions from Fotolia.com)

Reaching Eagle Scout status is a special achievement for members of the Boy Scouts of America organization. Eagle Scout is the highest possible rank of the Boy Scouts. Since its beginning in 1912, the rank of Eagle Scout has been awarded to over 2 million men, including 39 NASA astronauts. Thus, the Eagle Scout ceremony is a very important event for the individual, his family and his local community. The Boy Scouts of America will provide printable Eagle Scout ceremony invitations to individuals who are granted the award, though some Eagle Scouts prefer to write the invitations themselves.

Begin with your statement of invitation. This can start with your name as the one who is extending the invitation or it can include your parents as the inviting party. For example, the first sentence may read, "Bob Smith invites you to the Eagle Scout Court of Honor," or it may read, "The parents of Bob Smith invite you to the Eagle Scout Court of Honor." Phrase this statement however you like, in a manner that is as formal as you are comfortable with. You may prefer to add adverbs, such as "cordially" before the word "invites."

Follow the statement of invitation with the basic attendance details of the event. These include the venue, date and time of the event. Form these details in the shape of a list to make them clear and easy to read. For example:

Date: Thursday, January 20, 2011 Time: 7:30 p.m. Venue: Lakeside Community Center

Include a brief paragraph about what earning the Eagle Scout award means to you. Explain the process of earning the Eagle Scout award and why it is an achievement you wish to share with family, friends and community members. This portion of the invitation is optional, but it will personalize it for those who aren't familiar with how impressive this accomplishment truly is.

End the invitation with the RSVP information. Instruct invitees to RSVP if they plan on attending. Or, include the RSVP information on a separate card where invitees can check "Attending" or "Not Attending" and include a pre-stamped and pre-addressed envelope that they can send the card back in.

Tips & Warnings

  • Send out invitations at least four weeks in advance so that guests are able to plan ahead in order to attend.
  • Include a photograph of you in your Boy Scout uniform or engaging in a Boy Scout activity to further personalize the invitation.

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