Re: Cub Scout Advancement
Kem White (dkw@APLCOMM.JHUAPL.EDU)
Tue, 31 Oct 1995 14:50:30 -0500
At 11:17 AM 10/31/95 -0500, Steve Eisenberg wrote:
> 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 have
>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".
I'll throw my 2 cents in on this question. Despite BSA policy, I would say
that if your pack has a tradition of awarding rank badges at the Blue & Gold,
and your pack committee endorses that tradition, then the boy should wait
till then. (I assume that all other boys who earn their rank prior to the
B&G will have to wait till then.) Hopefully, this tradition wasn't news to
the boy and his dad after they did all the work.
But I guess I have to say I disagree with your pack's tradition, at least as
it applies to Wolfs and Bears. I don't think a Cub should have to wait for
almost 4 months to get his awards. I think that for Cubs, achievements and
electives are largely a family activity, so the family sets the pace.
(Unlike Webelos where I think achievements are largely a den activity.
Also, I think it truly is difficult to earn Webelos badge before February. )
Eager, active Cubs should be rewarded sooner than less active Cubs. It is
not unreasonable for a Cub to expect to receive recognition soon after he has
completed the requirements for a badge. I think a Cub DL should foster team
spirit in his den in ways other than a den-wide concurrent rank advancement.
When I was DL, I had three boys
earn bear and some arrows by our November pack meeting. I was comfortable
that they did not "go through the motions" so I know it can be done. (If I had
doubts about how a boy did something, I asked him what he did. However, like
your DL, I would be skeptical of having accomplished so much in just 2
weeks as your boy did.) Obviously, it is up to the DL to ensure that the Cub
did his best and that all work is eligible (i.e., stuff done while a Tiger
doesn't count toward wolf). Hope this helps.
Kem White, Webelos Leader, Flaming Arrows Den
Pack 692, Baltimore Area Council
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