Family Fest & Blue Ribbon Program - was What do Cub Packs charge?
Bobbie Beatson (bbeatson@CAPE.NET)
Sun, 6 Sep 1998 14:07:15 +0000
> Pls define - Family Fest & Blue Ribbon status....
Well, for starters, Family Fest is a Council-wide (I had thought all
Scouting units across the US participated) hands-on event held in late
spring, showcasing all the things Scouting's about. Units are also
judged by Scouters and can with prizes. I think I've heard it called
Scout Show by others on the list. Both Cubs and Boy Scout units
participate. Some of the things showcased this year were: Chili cookoff
& tast test tent, Rope making machine, Spatter painting, Tower building,
Rope bridge, Cubmobile derby car presentation, Paper airplane
competition, etc., etc.
Our unit traditionally does a game called Bottle-Up. We have a plywood
base, some long-neck bottles and a couple of dowel-rods with a stirng
and a 2-3" plastic ring on the end. The object of the game is to catch
the neck of the bottle with the plastic ring and stand the bottle up
without touching it. V..E..R..Y....Challenging. When asked by the
judges what this had to do with Scouting, our inventive Wolf leader said
it demonstrates Scout spirit, good sportsmanship, perseverence and
participation in things that are just plain fun. We won a ribbon.
Anyway, the thing about Family Fest is that we sell "Tickets" to the
event. That's what we're told to say...Actually we're selling candy
bars for $2 each that come with a sheet of coupons and a ticket to
Family Fest. The coupons are from local vendors and national chains
(e.g. $0.50 off Coke 12 pack, Buy 1 Get 1 Free Pizza Hut pizza, Free
crazy bread from Little Caesars, $5.00 for changing from to a local
pharmacy, etc.) For selling tickets the kids earn a patch and prizes
just like for Popcorn. We order enough bars to cover a patch for each
kid that even sells 1 "Ticket" (14 per patch I think) and reserve a day
outside the local grocery store to sell any that weren't already sold.
We do great!!
Re Blue Ribbon Program. The following is reprinted from the form we
keep for our own records.
"Free badges of rank have been provided to qualified Central Florida
Council Scouting Units since January 1, 1989. The budget committee of
the Council is delighted to continue this service. Free badges of rank
will be furnished by the Council to units that meet the following
Effective August 1998:
1. Troops/Posts: Hold a troop program planning meeting by 8/31/98
Packs: Hold a pack meeting to kick-off your new year by 8/31/98
2. Be a National Quality Unit
3. Participate in the Council Family Fest by selling tickets and having
4. Schedule and conduct a Scout Family Membership Enrollment
5. Participate in Scouting for Food
6. Participate in the Council Popcorn Sale
A unit qualifies as blue Ribbon Unit when they have completed all six
items. Units are no longer qualified when they miss one or more items.
Qualifications are evaluated monthly.
In the Boy Scout Program, Free badges of rank include Tenderfoot, Second
Class, First Class, Star, Life and Eagle.
In the Cub Scout Program, - Bobcat, Wolf, Bear, Webelos and Arrow of
Light are free badges of rank.
Merit badges, arrow points, badges of office, activity pins and
replacement badges are not included."
Pretty good program, huh? Every little bit helps!!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City