Cub Scout Sports & Academic Belt Loops
Sun, 19 Oct 1997 09:11:51 -0500
Soccer is straightforward, yes. But, keep in mind your son doesn't need to
be part of a team and play a game every week. It could be as simple as the
den leader going over the rules of soccer (found in the cub sport book) and
then the den plays a game. Or, perhaps one den could play with another
Something similar could happen with the academics. You could stage a den
or pack art show. For the science, why not give every participant a
variety of objects: balloon, berry basket, rubber bands, paper clips, etc.
Then have an inventors' expo.
For the heritage belt loop and pin, my pack held a summer program, it was
voluntary. We met once a week for four weeks. We went over one of the
major ideas in the book. At the end of the program we had a party and
everyone brought a picture of their family tree. Participating in the
party and bringing the family tree was all that was necessary for the belt
loop. We let the scouts finish up their 60 points for the pin on their own
time. Most of the boys earned their pin at the party, some late starters
got theirs at the first pack ceremony of the school year.
If you need any more ideas, there is a leader guide book to sports and
academics. If your council doesn't have it in stock, you can order it from
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City