Re: Sports Program
Leslie D. Fife (ldfife@BACHMAN.CS.OU.EDU)
Mon, 18 Nov 1996 09:25:05 -0600
Kevin S Woods wrote:
> At a Dl mtg last night the subject of sports loops and pins came up
> again. I reread my pamphlet on sports program (albeit it is 1985) and it
> seems to me that the loops and pins are "designed" for a sports program
> run by the Pack.
> But there are indications that cubs can earn them for sports played
> outside of the Pack??
Yes. The boys can earn pins and belt loop by participating with the
Den/Pack, another group (such as school sports), OR individually.
This, of course, would be difficult for team sports, but not for
individual sports and academics.
> We have many many boys who play organized soccer, basketball, and
> baseball run not by the school but by seperate volenteer groups.
Even the school sponsored ones qulaify.
> Should we be awarding these belt loops and pins and "letters" for this
> participation? It seems that it could get a bit pricey if the pack pays
> for it as it does now for other advancements. And how do we check for
> actual participation?
We do it on the honor system. There is a form for tracking points in
book. If a boy turns in the tracking form with appropriate signatures
(on the tracking form page) certifying completion of the requirements,
we consider it done. The key here is ensuring the parents understand
the requirements and the process for turning in completed pins.
It can get a little pricey, especially since they can be earned multiple
times. The best suggestion I have seen for controlling this is for the
Pack to pay for a belt loop, pin, or letter the first time it is done.
In other words, if they do the baseball thing each year, you only buy
the baseball loop and pin once. If they earn the Academic Letter twice,
the Pack buys the first one. This at least limits it to about 30 loops,
30 pins, and two letters per boy over their entire Cub Scout career.
And also 2 letters and pins per adult partner maximum.
I have found that in reality, lots of loops are earned but few pins and
> Looking for suggestions, I am....
> Kevin S. Woods Raymond, N.H.
> Asst. Cubmaster Pack 100
> Scoutmaster Troop 111
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