Cub Scout Sports Belt Loops & Pins
Keith Sutton (ksutton@U.WASHINGTON.EDU)
Wed, 26 Oct 1994 16:58:16 -0700
The "1994 Spotlight on New and Updated Cub Scout Program Elements" put
out by National BSA as a C.S.Leader Training Supplement clarified the
usage of the Sports program, Belt Loops and Pins on pages 21-22:
"Pack leadership determines how Sports...are implemented in their dens
and pack. Pack leaders define what level of participation is appropriate,
how dens can be involved, what constitutes a den or pack tournament, when
and how recognition takes place, how costs of the program are budgeted,
and how requirements are verified...Flexibility is some cases might be
"*Belt loops* can be earned when (1) a Cub Scout learns the rules & basic
background info... about a sport...,and (2) he actively participates,
doing his best, in an organized sport...experience. Belt loops do not
usually require a lengthy time commitment, & can be earned in the home,
in a den or pack activity, or outside the unit in the school or
"*Metal pins* can be earned after a belt loop has been received. Pins
indicate that more time, effort, & competency has been demonstrated. In
all of the sport activities (except BB shooting), a total of 60 points
within a 90-day period meets the requirements for the pin. One point is
counted for each 30 minutes of participation...
"*Embroidered letters* are available for boys who have earned pins.
Sports letters are awarded to a boy when he and his adult partner have
each earned at least one Sports pin...
"*Participation patches* can be given to Cub Scouts as a recognition of
participation in the program....These patches are considered temporary...
"*Trophies* may be used as any appropriate recognition determined by pack
"...Boys should be awarded Sports...pins and/or belt loops only one time in
each category unless they are Webelos Scouts, who may need to earn pins or
belt loops again to meet requirements for an activity badge.
"...Flexibility is important in the program, however, the BSA strongly
encourages the use of proper equipment and standards to maintain safety
in all activities."
The (...) deletes info about the Academic program which most of the same
applies except the pin info in some cases. I quoted this in length
because it clears up an area that always has been misunderstood by several
unit leaders in my council and district and concisely spells it out.
Keith Sutton from Chief Seattle Council ...used to be an Antelope
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City