Re: Cub Scout Advancement
Jerry Gray (Jerryegray@AOL.COM)
Tue, 31 Oct 1995 12:35:41 -0500
In a message dated 95-10-31 11:43:32 EST, you write:
> My question to the Scouts-L group is:
>1) Do we award the rank now?
>2) Award the rank with the rest of his Den in order to foster team spirit?
>3) Does earning a rank mean that you have some comprehension of what you
>done, learning and using a new skill, showing teamwork with your Den & Pack,
>or does it mean you went through the motions to get a signature in the book
>without "Do Your Best".
As a former Cubmaster, Den Leader, and just about every other position in Cub
Scouts, I can off this:
1) Immediate recognition is the rule. Do not wait for the Blue & Gold in
February. This is not a group thing. Advancement is an individual thing.
That's why we have the parents sign off the achievements. A boy should
advance at his own pace. Do you promote the use of Den Advancement Charts.
These are wonderful tools for peer pressure. When I used it in my den, we
suddenly had all the boys completing their requirements.
2)Absolutley not! This boy has completed the requirements and deserves the
recognition, as soon as possible.
3) Since the parents sign-off that the boy has done "his best" in completing
the requirements, you cannot contest this. If the boy did not do his best,
then that is between the parent and him. If you feel real strongly about
this, you could contact the parent, and cautiously inquire about it, but the
reality is, once the parent signs it off, there isn't much you can do about
I have see this before, and the boy really did know his stuff. So you can't
judge it just on the time period it takes to sign it off.
Keep concentrating on the FUN part. That is the backbone of the program. Then
all the rest becomes fun too!
Cub Roundtable Commissioner/Cub Training Chairman
Nutmeg District - Connecticut Rivers Council
and a good ol' Bear, too!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City