Re: Cub Advancements/Awards
Pat & Mike Sempsrott (sempsrot@PEGANET.COM)
Fri, 18 Oct 1996 10:55:14 -0400
At 09:46 PM 10/17/96 EST, you wrote:
>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 a major problem with the way your pack is handling advancement. The
materials we use at BLT all say that advancement should be awarded as soon
as possible after it is earned, with all due ceremony. Perhaps some of the
adult leaders do not understand that this recognition is important to the
boys. Also, as soon as the boys have crossed over to a new rank they should
be allowed to begin working towards those achievements. You are right -
what a waste of good summer time when the boys could be working on those
achievements which are difficult to fit into a den meeting! Your son, and
certainly others in the pack should not be penalized for being enthusiastic
and working hard!
In our pack, we are now working on trying to encourage the boys to do more
of their advancement work at home. After all, wolf and bear achievements
are ALL family oriented and signed off!
Good luck with working on this problem, and be sure to let us know what happens.
ACM, Tiger Den Coach, Den Leader Coach, Roundtable Staff, District Cub
Training Team, and I'm sure I'm forgetting at least one or two other things
-- wish they'd quit offering me chocolate!
Southwest Florida Council
Speaking only for myself!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City