Summer Pack Activities
James D Wellborn 325 795 2010 (WELLBOJ@MAIL.FIRN.EDU)
Thu, 19 Jun 1997 16:16:06 -0500
At Pack 370, also in Withlacoochee's Gulf Ridge Council;->, we've scheduled
6 events on a regular basis. That leaves plenty of leeway for vacations,
work schedules etc for the boys who want to earn the summer pin (minimun 3
activities). We present it at the first Pack meeting (usually August) on a
computer generated certificate which includes the events they attended.
I believe on the back of the Summertime Pack Award reprint in the
Leaders Handbook (before the most recent revision) is information about the
year 'round Den award and how to qualify for that (my copy is on loan to
our newly coming up CM).
Here's the hard Hickory nut to swallow... in a Pack of 85-100,
maybe a dozen will earn the award. Our activities are varied:
Bike Safty rodeo, a local water park, a scavenger hunt-hike through
a local LARGE park, roller skate park, family swim night at the community
pool, tour the local nuclear power plant (talk about glowing smiles...) and
their fishery (for increasing certain fish populations into the Gulf of
Mexico), and one we just did today, the Crystal River Indian Mounds (We
were given a tour by the head ranger who kept them informed and amused and
mouth open rivited to the history and uniqueness of the site. He arranged
for us to help with an age appropriate service project on new land of the
former State and now National Historical Park Site AND let us have luch on
the more private area AND let us do some cane pole fishing (yes, I had Safe
Swim ready) in the same area where pre-Columbian natives lived for at least
500 BC on ... 6 Cubs showed for that one. Admittedly, it was on a weekday
afternoon to facilitate the opportunity to have the Rangers input and
We try to schedule the activities for the week-ends or late
afternoons to facilitate working schedules. The last bike rodeo-8.
BUT we'll keep offering them because just because it's the right program to
offer and we have 4-6 kids who have the Summertime Award for every year
they've been in Cub Scouts and they want to keep it that way.
We did drop the not so popular Scout Hut Clean-up Party this year.
So Packs that are just starting or haven't done it, it's a great
way to maintain awareness that the OPPORTUNITY to continue Scouting as the
Pack is there. Several Dens are maintaining some meeting system and boys
(like my son) can ALWAYS find an activity for their new rank rather than
fall into the I'm bored, entertain me mode.
Got excited about the mounds. That's it.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City