Re: Cub Scout Belt Loops
Robert Gerhard (RAGerhard@AOL.COM)
Wed, 15 Oct 1997 10:48:54 -0400
In a message dated 97-10-15, Bobby Woods writes:
<< My personal opinion is that the belt loops should be restricted to the
younger scouts (bears and below) and then only 1 belt loop. >>
Trouble with that is that earning at least one pin is a requirement for the
Webelos, and you can't help earning the beltloop on the way to the pin.
Aside from that, the beltloops/pins/letter are excellent incentives for
keeping boys active and interested in Scouting, getting them to explore new
areas, and showing how Scouting relates to their world in ways other than
crafts and camping.
As far as earning the same beltloop more than once, this really should not be
done. The requirement is to learn about the things in the book and apply
what you've learned. It can be argued that this can only be done once and is
a constant, ongoing process. More than that, however, this takes on the same
theory that limits us to one Arrow Point for (almost) each elective. The
object is not to accumulate lots of one thing, but one of lots of things.
The beltloops/pins and Arrow Points are to enourage the boys to learn a
little bit about a lot of different things, rather than a lot of stuff about
one thing. (The Walking Encyclopedia idea.)
In our Pack we encourage the boys to work on the Sports and Academics program
on their own at their own pace. This lets them earn Scouting awards for
their outside interests. Occasionally, we earn them in group settings, but
only as a side benefit from another activity. (For example, earning the
Bowling beltloop while participating in the council bowl-a-thon.) We also
limit them to one beltloop and pin in each discipline.
Cubmaster & Webelos ADL
Pack 83, Ft. Worth, TX
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City