Held back Cubs & Earning Lower Ranks
Lawrence E. Faust (lfaust@ATLANTIC.NET)
Thu, 4 Jun 1998 18:42:42 -0400
Jim Beyer <kb9ngi@YAHOO.COM> stood up on a chair in the middle of the room
and proclaimed the following:
>There is no basis in the national rules for your limitation. A CS can
>indeed work on a rank until he gets it -- that is the policy. In
>fact, he can join at age 10 and still do all the ranks.
>ADC and CS Training Team: V-T District DesPlanes Valley Council <?!?!>
Let us all turn to page 8-4 in our Cub Scout Leader Books (white cover)
and read the last paragraph, 1st & 2nd sentences: "A boy who enters Cub
Scouting after completing second grade first earns the Bobcat, and then
begins work on THE APPROPRIATE RANK FOR HIS GRADE (OR AGE). He may NOT 'go
back' and work on advancements designed for younger boys.
In fact, it's so pertinent, that we should take a collective deep breath
and re-read that last part again: "He may NOT 'go back' and work on
advancements designed for younger boys."
On the subject of holding the "grade-retained" Cub back, the Leader Book
says this earlier on the same page: "This should be decided based on what is
best for the boy. Generally speaking, a boy who repeats a grade is NOT held
back in Cub Scouting...A second grader who earns his Wolf badge and several
Arrow Points, and is then retained in second grade, should move on to the
Bear adavncement program at the end of the school year. A second grader who
has completed only a few Wolf achievements at the time he is retained in
grade, might be better off continung in the Wolf advancement program. In any
case the boy always retains credit for all advancement work he has
Y'know, these Leader Books are pretty good.
Of course, your mileage may vary & contents may settle during shipment.
Scouting is a way of life,
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Gulf Ridge Council
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