Unless you are pretty local I would just plan on Parent's Weekend! I remember for the first two long weekends, my son actually had activities and things he was involved in and we wouldn't have been able to see him anyways.Is there anything for the parents after swab summer is over? I don’t see anything on the calendar specifically for it. Doing my vacation time for work and just want to make sure I take the days if I need them. Thank you.
In general, yes. However, if a swab happens to be in isolation (sickness) then they would not attend. I think there could also be the rare case that a swab has gotten in a significant amount of trouble for something and they might be restricted from attending. But for the most part, yes. Even the cadets who have chits (meaning they are physically restricted in some way) still attend.Do all swabs attend the mystic flag ceremony?
Usually the Mystic Flag ceremony takes place before the swabs start heading off on Eagle. I guess it might vary year to year, and the specific date for Mystic Flag is not often posted too far in advance. Last year, all companies attended, and A-C boarded Eagle the following day.The 3/8 companies on eagle at the time do not. A-C are typically on Eagle
Last year, they did get their phones back for Mystic and Eagle.Speaking of being taken care of, if you do go to the Mystic flag ceremony bring water and a few snacks to share and be ready to let the plebes borrow your phone to call home. It'll be their first opportunity to call anyone but they won't have a device. Also, there's a period when they get a bit of liberty to get off campus. Usually that means ice cream and Target, so when you and your cadet are heading out be sure to look around and gather some loose cadets to go with you.
And as other parents have mentioned, most parents who are able to attend will happily invite a few extra swabs to join them for ice cream or lunch if they have space. And some swabs might just prefer to use their time talking with family on the phone and getting a few hours of freedom with friends. Your swab should not feel left out if you aren't able to be there. Usually the parents association and other parents groups for the different companies will set up areas offering snacks. And finally, usually the Mystic Flag Ceremony is streamed for those who cannot be there. The swabs always practice marching in and a quick run through of the ceremony. Many parents who arrive early initially think that is the real thing, but they will do the march in and ceremony again for real at the scheduled time.I’d say don’t stress if you can’t make it to the Mystic Flag ceremony. Being from farther away, we had to make a choice to go for the flag ceremony or go at Labor Day. I did get stressed because it seemed like a lot of parents were going to the flag ceremony. After the flag ceremony, I was able to FaceTime my child for a long time and catch up, and then when he was on Eagle we were able to FaceTime more. For Labor Day I got to spend the entire weekend with him instead of just a few hours at the flag ceremony. I think everyone is really different about when is the right time to visit but don’t stress if you can’t attend the flag ceremony!!
There’s a shoulder board ceremony on the Monday after Sea Trials and swab summer are completed. While it’s probably possible to witness, it’s not really geared towards a “public” event. Parents weekend will be the first big event and I’d especially encourage any 4/c Parents to make that weekend if able.Is there anything for the parents after swab summer is over? I don’t see anything on the calendar specifically for it. Doing my vacation time for work and just want to make sure I take the days if I need them. Thank you.