I recently received a rush order for an Eagle Mountain Certificate. When would the ceremony be, I asked? The Saturday after Thanksgiving, the customer said.
I wasn’t surprised, but I’m guessing you may be. Holiday weekends are times when we tend not to do Scouting activities because of travel schedules and conflicts with family time. (That said, I do know of troops that go camping on Thanksgiving weekend and even invite parents and siblings out for a rustic Thanksgiving feast.)
Should your troop hold an Eagle court of honor on a holiday weekend? It really depends on your audience.
In the case of a 17-year-old honoree who’s not well known to the younger members of the troop, a large portion of the audience will probably consist of friends and family, some of whom may live out of town. Getting them to a court of honor on the first Tuesday in December would be a lot more difficult than getting them there on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, when they may already be around. On the other hand, if you’re trying to attract active troop families, your ordinary meeting night or the tail end of a holiday weekend might be the better option. (When you think about it, the last day of summer, winter, fall, or spring break can be a great time for a court of honor since many people tend to return a day or two early.)
In The Eagle Court of Honor Book, I quote the familiar Outback Steakhouse slogan, “No Rules. Just Right.” That slogan applies to virtually every aspect of Eagle courts of honor, including when and where they’re held.
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