Laurie Pierce (LaurieP@CYBERBURY.NET)
Thu, 17 Oct 1996 21:46:28 EST
I too was wondering how other packs dealt with this. Our pack awards
Bobcat in May to Tigers and in October to new boys. No other ranks are
given out until the Blue and Gold dinner in February. Although my
oldest will complete his Bear requirements by the end of this month he
will recieve neither his Bear badge or any arrow points until Feb. (same
last year re:Wolf). Even though the books say (I beleive) that you may
work on such and such advancement at the end of ??? grade, I have been
told not to work on advancement until the school year begins (fooey! -
alot of wasted summer vacation time). I have been told we may work on
the arrow points in the back of the "new" book (contrary to the book
saying to work on arrow points in the bear book after the bear badge
has been completed). I think it's kind of stupid not to allow the boys
to wear their rank when they've earned it (or at least closer to the
date in which they earn it).
I also am curious how rank and other awards are paid for in other packs?
Our pack pays only for rank and arrow points, no religious knots, belt
loops, pins etc.
I should also add that when the boys receive their Wolf and Bear badges
there is/was no ceremony to speak of - they are called up by their den
(just like pack meetings) and someone reads off their name, rank
received and arrow points if any are earned. Maybe I'm too picky (or I
remember what the ceremonies meant to me when I was in Girl Scouts) -
but to give the kids these awards/ranks like this kind of seems ??? like
they miss out on something...
I also wasn't aware that I could have worked on belt loops/pins with my
son last summer (as other boys who went to scout camp earned them)...
So now that t-ball is over (second grade) am I to assume he can get his
Baseball belt loop? etc.??? Boys who went to summer camp received a ton
of belt loops at the Sept. pack meeting (my son was the only one in his
den who didn't attend camp-we moved the week of camp this past summer -
same town) for Baseball and such that they took part in last spring.
Looking forward to learning the correct way :-)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City