Deirdre LaRock (butterbuns@EARTHLINK.COM)
Sun, 3 Nov 1996 12:50:11 -0500
My pack did the Heritage book over the summer. To earn the belt loop, you
merely have to take part in a pack activity on the subject. To earn the pin
(and more) you have to put in hours 30 total.
For our summer Heritage theme we did this...
Every family who was interested was encouraged to buy the book ($1.49 approx.)
We held six weekly meetings devoted to specific themes in the booklet
(read stories, watched videos, arts & crafts all relating to families)
At the end of the program, we had our summer awards party.
To earn the belt loop you had to
Bring your family tree (or circle)
Some pictures of family members
Your family story
Some of these trees and stories were quite elaborate, some were less elaborate.
There were very few trees, there were more circles as many children come
from step families, etc. Family stories were modelled for the most part
after the stories in the booklet. Pictures, some were old, some were new.
Most were scanned pictures as mom & dad didn't want to put the originals on
the poster. For the bears, this fulfills part of Achievement 8, I believe.
To earn the pin, you had to spend a certain amount of time working on the
projects in the booklet. And, we felt that one of the easiest projects
would be to keep a journal. Keeping a journal in and of itself, can fulfill
many requirements for bears. We also suggested corresponding with family
members to get more information for your family story. These extra
requirements can fulfill more achievements in the bear book as well.
All the boys and parents had a great time with this. Every boy who started
the program finished, earning his pin, as did his parent. We had seven boys
work on this over the summer. All the moms and dads were quite proud. And,
we had several dads who were quite interested in it.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City