Re: Cub Rank Advancement
Robert F. Reeder (rfreeder@QWKSILVR.COM)
Thu, 27 Aug 1998 17:04:33 -0700
Dave Rockabrand wrote:
"...As I understand the "ideal" the kids work on advancement in Den
meetings (and at home) with the goal of advancing up to, say, Wolf at
the Blue and Gold. After that they focus more on arrow points."
Sounds like a good goal to me
" Contrast this with our Committee Chair/CoR bragging how his son who
crossed over from Tigers to Cubs in May, got his Bobcat, then the
following September (same year) at the first Pack meeting got his Wolf
and an arrow point. Am I the only one this bothers?"
Even after reading the rest - I can't understand why it bothers you.
" It seems that we negate one of the main reasons for weekly Den
meetings. If that is the case why even take my son to the meetings?"
In order to better interact with young men who share the same values and
want to be better citizens is at least one reason that comes to mind.
"Our CC/CoR is trained and is also our Unit Commish. When I asked one
of our District trainers> (our DE was standing there) they were agast
and said he should know better (not that helps me any).
I got lost here - I don't understand "WHAT" he should know better.
" My question is should I push for the long term advancement program (I
am the Pack Training Chair) or just let it go. There is a point to let
the kids get the award when they earn it, but the slow trickle of Wolf
and Bears every Pack meeting does not allow for any real emphasis or
I think encouraging every boy "to do their best" is a foundation for a
great advancement program. Why does only giving out the advancment at
the Blue and Gold Ceremony give an opportunity for real emphasis? What
do you do if all but on or two boys have wolf by then? Have a nice
ceremony and then "just give the badge" to the other two when they earn
it? Why can't there be a nice ceremony every month for the boys that
have earned their rank advancement? It seems to me that the main
problem here is with a boy who is gung ho about scouting and has a great
deal of parental support. Should he be held back for the sake of the
other boys? I think not.
BTW, I feel the same about the boys in Scouting who earn their Eagle at
13 or 14. I know many feel that they should be older. Why do some want
to be-little those who have a goal in sight, and then achieve that goal
faster than others do. I see nothing wrong with committment and
enthusiasm for scouting.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City