Belt Loops Continued
Deborah J.C. Morrow (corzines@SIU.EDU)
Thu, 25 Jul 1996 09:07:18 -0500
In response to Ron Dean:
I think that the purpose of the sport belt loop is to introduce a sport to
the Scout, allowing that Scout to learn the basic information regarding the
sport. I do not believe that the boy needs to read the entire book, nor do
I believe that the boy needs to do the sport only in an organized sport
setting. To my knowledge, the BB gun and archery belt loops have to be
supervised/coached by a certified BSA individual (and NRA certification is
not acceptable - those individuals must also take BSA certification). There
may be a few other belt loops that fall in that category also, but I'm not
immediately aware of which ones.
As to the pin and/or letter, I understand the purpose of these objects is to
induce the scout and/or adult/coach/leader to put in a certain number of
hours within a certain number of days/months. This shows dedication and
practice of the basic skills, allowing the scout to move to advance skills,
or strategies, if you will.
All of my boys receive the belt loop first, then after I receive a fully
filled-out book (sport or academic) and have checked through it carefully,
they receive their pin/letter. The adult also receives whatever recognition
If the boy has been bringing his dues on a regular basis, then I buy the
sport or academic book for him out of pack funds (first they pay off day
camp (or webelos camp) if the parents expect the boy to attend, then they
pay off Boy's Life (if they are not already receiving it), then the
remaining dues they've contributed goes to these sport/academic books, if
The only other thing I do is let each boy know who's working on what. That
way, if one boy and his father is doing basketball in the backyard, or
soccer on a team somewhere, the other boys could arrange to join in and use
the same coach. This works well if there's not more than two or three boys
working together. We've never had more than that number are interested in
one thing at one time.
I feel the boys need to try different sports, and I approach their teachers
around 3rd grade/4rth grade with some of the academic books as well. I
have one teacher who plans to use the math book this year, and plans to find
out how many boys were in Scouts in her class (there are three packs in our
town), buy books for all of them, and allow the boys to earn their academic
belt loop/pin/letter if they qualify for it. The teacher will be keeping
track of the information, and will submit it to the various packs when the
objectives are complete.
Hope this helps!
Deb Morrow (email@example.com)
CubMaster, Pack 115, Murphysboro, IL
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