Re: sport beltloops for cubscouts
Jim Holman (HOLMAN_JIM/OMGATE_OA@GATE.US.OHIO-STATE.EDU)
Tue, 1 Jun 1993 15:19:01 -0400
We also had a problem with the belt-loops--even the Sports Leader
Guide isn't that helpful in determining EXACTLY what criteria is
to be used -- I don't know of any packs that have a pack organized
sports program, so we tried to come up with what looks correct.
You'll note that for some of the Webelos activity badges (Athlete,
for one) earning team AND individual belt loops is a requirement.
We accept ORGANIZED participation in a recognized sport -- i.e.
there is instruction, explanation of rules, understanding of
concepts, and participation. For team sports we accept YMCA,
Parks & Rec, Day Camp, Resident Camp, school Intramural teams, etc,
all of which seem to fit the requirements for the loop. The tricky
part is the INDIVIDUAL sports -- marbles, ultimate frisbee, table
tennis, skating, etc. We generally accept any sort of organized
approach to this (e.g. we have 3 kids who are on a church sponsored
bowling league). If a parent is willing to sign a note to us that
they conducted instruction, training, and participation in an
individual sport with their child, e.g. table tennis, we accept it.
BUT, because this is a recognition and not an advancement program,
the pack authorizes but does not buy the loops. If the kid wants them,
they pay for them. The same is true of the 4 academic loops.
As Mark said, the PINS are quite well defined in terms of eligibity
(and ONE of them, Fitness must be earned as a Webelos for the Athlete
pin). The pins are designed to be worn with the Sports Letter which
is yet another level of activity. (There is also an academic
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