Polar Bear Requirements
Ron W. Fox (RonWFox@AOL.COM)
Tue, 26 Sep 1995 22:59:02 -0400
Here in the U.S., there is a wholly unofficial award called the Polar Bear
award. This is usually given to a Scout who participates in some level of
For U.S. Scouts and Scouters:
1) What, in your Council, District, or Troop, is the criteria usually used to
award the Polar Bear award?
2) What does the award consist of?
3) Where is it usually worn?
For non-U.S. Scouts and Scouters:
1) Do you have a similar award? For those of you in countries where snow and
temperatures below 0 degrees Centigrade are non-existent, do you have any
award, formal or informal, that depends on engaging in an outdoor activity in
some extreme climatic situation?
My own story, not from my current council, but from when I was a youth in the
1960's in Massachusetts, U.S.A.:
1) My troop awarded it for camping out overnight when the temperature went
below freezing OR when it snowed to a point where the snow was still visible
the next morning.
2) A felt oval, approximately 5 inches by 10 inches, that my mom (the
Scoutmaster's wife) had drawn a polar bear on.
3) You sewed it to your pack or to your sleeping bag.
Cubmaster, Pack 69
Willow Springs, Ill.
Des Plaines Valley Council
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