Anne wrote in with this question:
Our troop is incorporating Mother’s Ribbons for the first time into our awards ceremony. Starting with our next incoming group of boys, all the moms will receive a ribbon and the cost will be incorporated into the boys’ troop fees. For our upcoming COH, however, we allowed parents to sign up and pay on their own if they would like to receive the ribbon.
I am having trouble deciding the most smooth way to present the ribbons as not every mom will have one…any thoughts or suggestions?
My instinct would say to keep it low key just to not hurt any of the Scout’s feelings. Sure, their parents had a chance to sign up for the ribbons, but without knowing the specific reasons some chose not to get them, it is difficult to ensure that somebody is not going to feel like they are being excluded. Perhaps money is tight or maybe Mom just forgot to put her name on the list. A 10 year old might not understand why he did all of the same requirements as Johnny, but Johnny’s mom got a ribbon and his did not.
The main purpose of the Court of Honor is to recognize the achievements of the youth. Making Mom glow with pride is a secondary effect. Perhaps you can hand out the ribbons after the COH closes. Or give them to the youth when they receive their awards and let them give them to Mom later during the refreshments.
Readers, what do you think? Add your ideas to the comments below.