""My son wants to have a ECOH with his buddy he went through scouts with when he Eagle's soon and have it less formal and more religious because that is just how he rolls. As long as he invites the people who helped him I am OK with that. My other son is in OA and I think an OA style would appeal to him as well.""
Well, there it is. I like the idea of a multi-Scout CoH. What a concept.
One of the most memorable ECoH I ever attended was for three Scouts who grew up together in Scouting. They opted for a campout at one of the Scout's grandparents farm back woodlot. Folks had to park and walk back several hundred yards to the site. Held in the late fall, there was a campfire for the hotdogs, folks brought the potatoe salad and three bean salad. Candles, quiet crickets, it was great. After the ceremonial stuff, and the parents and relatives and other folk had (finally!) gone home, just the die hard Troop Scout campers were left to sit around the campfire to share more stories.
It can be done, including the old Scout friends, the proud relatives, the Troop to show the other Scouts "how it's done". It can be meaningful, memorable, and short too.
See you on the trail....