Re: Sport Belt Loops
Michael Dobson (dobson@INFO.USUHS.MIL)
Mon, 15 May 1995 10:17:11 -0400
Here's another perspective on the Cub Scout Sports/Academic Belt Loop,
Pin, and Letter awards program. As with a lot of things in the Cub Scout
program, I see it as a way to get the boys to try different activities by
offering them the incentive of an award. Thus, 5 years ago when I took
over as Cubmaster, I revived the program in our Pack. I've never felt the
need for a coordinator at the Pack level. I just tasked each Den Leader
with the responsibility for verifying completion and reporting the awards
earned to our Advancement Chair at Committee meetings. I do give a basic
description of how the boys qualify for each award at both Pack and
Committee meetings at the beginning of the year and a couple of times
during the year.
Basiclly we follow the guidelines in the Leader's Guide and the individual
booklets. Participation on an organized sports team qualifies a boy for
the Belt Loop. In addition, if the Cub records the points earned during
the season and they meet the 30/60/90 rule, he earns his Pin. If he also
records the points earned by an adult partner and the partner earns a Pin
(we award the Partners their pins), the Cub earns his Letter Award. Some
of the awards, eg BB's and the Academic awards, have specific requirements
for the different levels of award. We strictly adhere to them.
When we use the awards as part of the Den or Pack program, we operate in the
following way. One of the requirements to earn the sports Belt Loops is to
learn about the items in the booklet and practice the skills. If we are
working on a specific Belt Loop, say Ultimate, the Dens use several of the
skill drills in the booklet for games during their weekly Den Meetings.
Then at a Pack Meeting or a scheduled special event, we hold a Pack game of
Ultimate. Afterwards the boys receive their Belt Loops. Simply playing
one game of Ultimate is not enough. This process is also used at the
District level at Cub Scout Day Camp. All week long the boys practice the
skills in several of the sports such as Archery, Volleyball, Marbles, etc.
One the last day of camp a "competition" is scheduled. The week long
practice plus the "competition" qualifies the boys for the Belt Loops. The
District has also organized a Cub Bike Rodeo in such a manner that all
participants that complete the Safety and Skill sections of the Rodeo have
earned the Bicycling Belt Loop.
A comment on earning Belt Loops for the Webelos activity pins. Because of
widesrpead involvement in organized sports teams, my Cubs have often
already earned many of the usual Belt Loops before they become a Webelos.
To make it possible to meet the requirements for the activity pins, I tell
the Webelos Den Leaders to certify that the Webelos Scout has requalified
for those Belt Loops during his tenure as a Webelos. Many do go and earn
some of the other Belt Loops but often it's not possible to meet the
activity pin requirements without "repeating" a previously earned Loop. We
don't give out a second Belt Loop, just the credit.
Whether or not the specific activity is done as a Den, Pack, District,
Council, or activity outside of Scouting, the Pack pays for the award
because we feel they encourage the boys to try the different activities.
Mike, Eagle '70, CM Pack 1071, MC Troop 1071, Olde Mill District, NCAC
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