Re: Questions on Cub Advancement/Awards
Kem White (dkw@APLCOMM.JHUAPL.EDU)
Thu, 17 Oct 1996 09:51:58 -0400
At 10:02 PM 10/15/96 -0700, Tom Behnfield wrote:
>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
We graduate our boys at our May Pack meeting/campfire. Everybody moves up.
Boys shouldn't have to wait until the fall to begin working on their
next rank. Of course, I wouldn't have a big problem if a boy _really_ needed
until the end of the school year to finish up his previous rank. But then, I
think that should be it. Some den leaders have meetings in the summer because
there's a lot of fun things dens can do during the summertime. Boys and leaders
will want to be working towards the next rank rather than the previous one.
Most dens aren't too far ahead of new boys joining in September, anyway,
although this is more of an issue for a Webelos den where the den leader
rather than as the parents do for the Bear badge.
>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.
Boys that join in September shouldn't have any problem getting their
Bobcat by your November meeting. Just make sure your den learders know
this so they can make sure their boys have it earned by then. In my pack,
we have a Tiger Cub meeting in May right before the pack meeting where they
earn their Bobcat. We have a Bobcat ceremony for those boys at our May
>3.) As Cubmaster and Advancement Committee Member, should we require
>anything other than Leader signoff for awards? ie, BB-Gun Beltloops.
I thought National's policy for BB-Gun beltloop was that it could only
be earned at an approved BSA Resident Camp or Day camp. I didn't think
a boy could earn it elsewhere even if the instructor had all the
correct BSA training. You should make sure the boy did so if you're
Kem White, Webelos Leader, Flaming Arrows Den, Pack 692
National Pike District Cub Scout Training Staff
Baltimore Area Council
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