Re: Den Flags
Michael Dobson (dobson@NET.USUHS.MIL)
Mon, 29 Aug 1994 15:09:09 -0400
On the SCOUTS-L mailing list David Weintraub wrote:
> A few weeks ago, several of you gave me suggestions about getting parents
> to attend the Pack Meetings. One of the suggestions involved giving dens
> various awards for bringing parents, friends, or new members by giving
> a ribbon to attach to the Den's flag.
> Our Pack Committee really liked this idea, but in order to implement it,
> we're going to have to first get flags for our dens. So, here are our
> o What do your Den Flags look like? Are they National Flags? (Like the
> Stars and Stripes if you're in America). If not, what do they look like?
Dark Blue Field with the Cub Scout Logo in a Yellow Diamond for Wolf and
Bear, the Webelos Emblem for Webelos Dens. The Den Numeral is in one of
the upper corners. These are BSA stock items available from your local
Scout Store or via mail order from the National Catalog.
> o Did the Dens pick or design their own flags?
Webelos Dens that have chosen a "patrol" name may design their own flag.
We prefer to use the standard flags however since a graduating Den passes
their old Den flag on to the graduating Tiger Group(s) thus providing a
sense of continuity and history for the Den.
> o Do you ever put awards attached directly to the flags?
Never directly to the cloth, always hung from the flag pole.
Another suggestion for encouraging parents to attend Pack Meetings
(borrowed from our Roundtables) is the "Cubby" award. Cubby is a teddy
bear that starts the year as just a plain bear. At each Pack Meeting Cubby
is awarded to the Den with the highest percentage of parents attending. In
case of ties, the percentage of parents registered as leaders/committee
members is used as a tie breaker. The Den winning Cubby decorates him
with something appropriate for that month's theme and keeps him until the
next Pack Meeting. They boys really want their Den to win Cubby and
pressure their parents to attend, even getting grandparents, aunts and
uncles to come along if they can.
Mike, Eagle '70, CM Pack 1071, MC Troop 1071, Olde Mill District, NCAC
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