awards and advancements
Kim Moye (kmoye@SPDMAIL.SPD.DSCCC.COM)
Wed, 16 Oct 1996 09:53:57 -0500
I apologize to the original poster, I fat fingered the keyboard. Anyway:
In our pack we only hold one ceremony for each rank. The boys are awarded
the badges as soon as they earn them, but the ceremony is scheduled so all
leaders/parents/boys will know when their deadline is. This has helped
in keeping the boys and leaders on track. I don't know of a single boy in
the last 3 years that has not achieved their rank.
The Bobcat ceremony is this month, the Webelos and Arrow of Light in
February. January is Bears, March is Wolves, April is Tigers.
In May we have a pack picnic dinner where the boys "crossover" to their
new rank. As of that date, all work on arrowpoints for their old rank is
In training, I was taught for Wolves and Bears, you have to accept the parent
sign-off even if you have valid reasons to question it. In Webelos they
have to "proof up" to the leader or who the leader designates for that
For Webelos, we work on most pins together as a patrol. It makes it easier
on me. Some pins are "homework" such as family member, scholar, traveler
and aquanaut. ( I had one boy afraid of the water so I made this a family
assignment so he would not be embarrassed. His parents worked with him and
he has since earned it.
For earlier ranks, the leader may want to concentrate on the rank requirements
and let the parents work on the arrowpoints.
I also know some Day Camps have the BB instructor or Archery instructor
"sign-off". I have never been asked to do this as BB instructor.
Hope this helps!
webelos den leader
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City