Re: Questions on Cub Advancement/Awards
Leslie D. Fife (ldfife@BACHMAN.CS.OU.EDU)
Wed, 16 Oct 1996 09:56:27 -0500
> 1.) At what point should the boys begin working on the Bear or Webelos
> stuff once the school year is over? Should they continue working on
> Arrowpoints for their rank or begin the next one? Should they do both
> at once?
This really depends on who you ask. Some start the next rank at the
beginning of summer, and some work on arrow points over the summer,
and begin the next rank in the Fall.
However, no one should be working on arrow points for the previous
rank while they are working on the next one. ie Once you start
Bear, you are done working on Wolf arrow points.
> 2.) Is it too restrictive to ask the Dens/Patrols to earn advancement
> as a group? I, as Cubmaster don't want to do 6 Bobcat ceremonies each
> year. My vote is for 2, 1 in October and 1 in November. Of course, if
> a boy joins later we would do one for him.
Yes. You are unlikely to have 6 bobcat ceremonies. If boys are
advancing, they should have it in 3 months at the outside. I would
guess that Sept (for those who did it in the summer) Oct and Nov
would be the norm. I have an LDS Pack, which runs by age, so boys
are joining year round. The Pack Meeting after earning an award,
you recieve it - Even if it has happened the previous zillion
Pack Meetings. Keeps me on my toes ceremony wise.
Wolf/Bear are home based. If a boy finishes in Dec. he should be
awarded it. It is his due. Forcing him to wait to March, for instance
would be wrong.
> 3.) As Cubmaster and Advancement Committee Member, should we require
> anything other than Leader signoff for awards? ie, BB-Gun Beltloops.
> Should we ask if the boy went to "Official" Cub Camp if we don't know
My council asks where for BB, so you would need to know. But for the
others, any leader, parent, appropriate expert should be fine.
> for sure? Our Leaders (23 registered) have all been through Basic Cub
> Leader and/or Webelos training and many attend Roundtable, but we don't
> learn everything there is to know.
> Enough for now. Please give us some feedback. We want to do
> everything we can to make our great program even better.
> Thanks & YIS
> Tom Behnfield Debbie Behnfield
> Cubmaster Awards/Advancement Committee Member
> Pack 377
> Sabin Elementary
> Denver, CO
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