Most everyone knows the story of Ebeneezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. He’s a grouchy rich man with a bad attitude towards the holiday season. But, after being visited by angelic and not so angelic messengers, he has a serious change of heart.

Running through the streets, he pats children on the head and talks to beggars. He greets an older gentleman, “A merry Christmas to you, sir.”

From mean and sullen to kind and generous, Ebeneezer has gained the spirit of giving. Your teenage boy can’t possibly as mean and sullen as Scrooge once was (then again, who knows?).  But, it can’t hurt for him to gain a renewed spirit of giving this season.

One great way for your son to catch the “New Scrooge Attitude” is by working towards a holiday Eagle Scout Project. He’s got time off from school, and there’s plenty of opportunity to serve during the Christmas season.

Here’s some fun holiday project ideas:

  1. Host a toy drive.

Santa delights children all around the world, but what if he didn’t come? Creating a toy drive is an excellent way for your son to discover the joy of giving. He can utilize leadership and advertising skills. Here, you can find steps for hosting a toy drive.

2. Plan Christmas programs for nursing homes.

Elderly individuals deserve a merry Christmas too! Your son can learn a lot by planning for and entertaining at nursing homes. He may pick up some great stories of the past as well.

3. Recycle Christmas Trees for mulch.

Your son might want to wait til after Christmas to do this, or he might have some bummed out individuals. But, this is a great way to reuse something that would otherwise be thrown out. The mulch can be donated to schools, arboretums, cemeteries, etc.

4. Put on a holiday play/pageant for a church or senior home.

Hold auditions. Find costumes. Do the nativity or put together a script based off an old public domain book (perhaps Christmas Carol). This will be a large project for your son, but he’ll have fun doing it. Trust me, I know from personal experience!

5.Help Christmas Box International by completing a large-scale project.

Christmas Box International provides assistance to prevent child abuse and services to improve the quality of life for children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned. One thing they do is provide a Christmas morning to children in need. A fundraiser can be done only to collect materials to facilitate the project. Here are some do’s and don’ts for doing fundraising for an Eagle Scout project.

A Christmas Carol ends with the following words about Ebeneezer Scrooge:

“It was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!”

Whether your son is completing an Eagle Scout project or not, he can gain a similar attitude towards Christmas as he takes the time to reach out and serve those around him.

Michelle Carpenter
is a reporter for the Voice of Scouting and a marketing associate for The Utah National Parks Council. Her father, husband, and brother are all Eagle Scouts, so she firmly believes some of the best men did Scouting.


  1. Michelle Carpenter
    Michelle Carpenter ( User Karma: 2 ) says:

    It was pointed out that there are some concerns regarding fundraising. Please note: Fundraising cannot be done as the actual Eagle Scout project. But, fundraising can be done to collect materials for the project. Sorry for the misunderstanding!

  2. Melany Gardner
    Melany Gardner ( User Karma: 3 ) says:

    Some kind of ski or snowboard class for kids who wouldn’t otherwise get the opportunity might be a fun idea!

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    Tawna says:

    The link for the do’s and don’ts for fundraising for and Eagle Project doesn’t work. I’m interested in what it has in it. Could you please provide it?
    Thank you

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    Lee Hansen says:

    The link in ” Here are some do’s and don’ts for doing fundrais­ing as an Eagle Scout project.” is broken and it is a critical item in understanding the difference between just a fundraiser and a service. Just raising funds does not qualify.

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