Cub Scout Advancement
Murphy Peter (MurphyP@RND3.INDY.TCE.COM)
Wed, 1 Nov 1995 10:16:00 PST
This is one I feel VERY strongly on. We are dealing with 7 to 10
year olds. Immediate recognition is very important. That's why
we have immediate recognition kits. A boy should be awarded
his badges at the earliest pack meeting possible. He deserves
the recognition for being faster than his peers and it can be a
motivator for the other boys. Even in Boy Scouts a lot of Troops
give the badge at the Troop meeting following the BOR and then
give the official card at the COH which may be months away.
In my wife's first den, using the immediate recognition kit proved to
be a huge motivator. One boy had older brothers in Scouts so he
started the school year of his Wolf year with 9 of 12 requirements already
completed. The other boys then worked very hard to catch up and
5 of the 6 boys received their Wolf badge at the November pack
meeting (#6 got it at the next pack meeting in January).
A few years ago at roundtable, a CM giving a talk on ceremonies stressed
that you don't want to use the same ceremony over and over because
they become stale. His solution was to award Wolfs, Bear, Webelos,
and AOL badges only once a year so that the associated ceremony
would be fresh. My solution is to create a few new ceremonies every
year so that after a few years I have several to choose from.
As for the parents signing off to readily. The only thing you should do
is have a parents' meeting in each den at the beginning of the year
and explain the program, requirements, expectations, and standards.
After that you are not to retest a boy or question the parents on what they
sign off. Heavens, the den leader has too much to do with just recording
the progress of each boy and putting together the den meetings.
CM, P125, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Del-Mi District, Crossroads of America
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City