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Eagle Scout Gift

threeofthreethreeofthree Registered User Posts: 1,064 Senior Member
I just found out son his coming home Sat to attend an Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony and we ( parents) were invited as well.

Out of time to think of good quick gift from my family -assuming you give a gift? Any ideas appreciated.

Replies to: Eagle Scout Gift

  • moonchildmoonchild Registered User Posts: 3,296 Senior Member
    edited May 2014
    In our area, gifts are not the norm. Actually, my Eagle Scout gave gifts to those who were helpful to him along the way. He received several cards with nice congratulatory messages.
    Don't worry if you don't have a gift. Your presence at the ceremony will really be appreciated.
  • fieldsportsfieldsports Registered User Posts: 550 Member
    We congratulated a family friend's Eagle Court of Honor with a heartfelt greeting card and a small check inside ($25).
  • threeofthreethreeofthree Registered User Posts: 1,064 Senior Member
    Thank you - will see what the local card shop has.
  • 2VU06092VU0609 Registered User Posts: 3,523 Senior Member
    S was an Eagle Scout and had his ceremony with 3 other members of his troop. Gifts are not typically given in our area, but he did get a much appreciated check from my brother's family. I felt like the real gift from family & friends was giving up their time to come to the ceremony to recognize the hard work that was put in by these young Scouts. S's troop is the oldest in our state and they have a very formal tradition and the ceremony is still a very fond memory for me. I could see where an iTunes gift card or movie bucks would be appreciated by a young man as a nice token gift.
  • bopperbopper Forum Champion CWRU Posts: 13,923 Forum Champion
    My friend's son became an eagle scout...we got him a biography of Mike Piazza as he is a fan of the Mets...we thought it would sort of emphasize/recognize hard work and perseverence.
  • InigoMontoyaInigoMontoya Registered User Posts: 1,704 Senior Member
    There are several good books that would be appropriate - just go to amazon and search for eagle scout. Some we've given include 4 Percent and Legacy of Honor. There's also a book celebrating the centennial of Eagle Scouts.
  • DecideSomeHowDecideSomeHow Registered User Posts: 739 Member
    As a few have pointed out, traditions are varied for Eagle Scouts. My own ceremony (30 years ago) was held during Scout Sunday only lasted a couple minutes. A couple family members gave me long forgotten gifts, but what I really remember was the firm handshakes and congratulations from older gentlemen, who I did not really know well, but who were sincerely proud of the achievement.

    So, if you want to give a gift, I would go with a gift card, but be sure to personally congratulate the scout. What makes earning Eagle is difficult is not the actual work involved, but the dedicated effort it takes over a period of many years.
  • wis75wis75 Registered User Posts: 13,892 Senior Member
    I don't get excited about being an Eagle scout. It doesn't mean much in the long run. Two nephews did it and then grunts in the military- no college so far or trades. Those that weren't scouts are far more successful young adults in my experience with others as well.
  • PokeyJoePokeyJoe Registered User Posts: 334 Member
    The books mentioned above are terrific gifts. Your local Scout Shop will have many thoughtful options. Ours has commemorative picture frames, knives, etc. We have several Eagles in our family. My boys favorite gifts were intricate pocket knives from family members and an Eagle emblem key chain.
    FWIW, our oldest has Eagle Scout on his resume. It's been an asset during the interview process.
    Congratulations to your son and to you!
  • atomomatomom Registered User Posts: 4,658 Senior Member
    I've given a "congratulations" card and check (depending on how well you know the kid or if you are related--like $20-50?) for a few kids I've known that made Eagle Scout. My sons were not in scouting, but still, I think Eagle is a nice honor for some and represents a lot of effort/learning over years.
  • threeofthreethreeofthree Registered User Posts: 1,064 Senior Member
    Thank you all. I actually picked up one of the books and will get a nice card as well.

  • shellzshellz Registered User Posts: 1,414 Senior Member
    edited May 2014
    We fall into the heartfelt card camp. Plus a small gift card, just for fun.

    Wis75...have you taken a look at what is required to become an Eagle? It's not about getting into college, or being employed. It's about service to others. It's about the journey from young boy to young man. Not everything needs to have an external payoff. The young men we've watched on this journey have really impressed us. Because your nephews haven't done enough to impress you doesn't mean that they didn't do something pretty amazing in achieving Eagle.
  • kypdurronkypdurron Registered User Posts: 2,247 Senior Member
    @wis75 **** or looking for attention?
  • dyiu13dyiu13 Registered User Posts: 2,866 Senior Member
    A card with a small tool. Like a Leatherman, a sports-related (bike, boat, camp...) tool, etc.
  • cosmicfishcosmicfish Registered User Posts: 4,282 Senior Member
    When I made Eagle, I received no cash gifts, only a few gifts that were either directly representative of the accomplishment or else were of personal meaning to both the giver and myself. I think that was perfect. I don't think a gift card is necessary or even appropriate for this kind of achievement.

    @wis75‌ - Eagle Scouts from my group at my troop includes a couple of lawyers, a few business owners, a couple of engineers, a physics teacher, one highly accomplished soldier... and a couple of ne'er-do-wells. Eagles as a group do better than their peers, but a lot is dependent on the troop and the individual, and there will always be some who fall onto hard times or criminal behavior. That does not change the fact that overall Eagles accomplish quite a bit.
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