Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Cub Scout Advancement
Re: Cub Scout Advancement
Tue, 6 Oct 1998 09:19:00 -0500
There are two parts to completing each Cub requirement: 1) signing off
that the requirement was completed; and 2) recording the completed
requirement. I think you asked about who/how to record/
Signing off is done by Akela which could be a den leader if you work
on a particular advancement requirement during a den meeting or outing.
Usually, the signing off is done by a parent. A den leader NEVER
retests or second guesses the parent's determination that a
requirement has been completed to the best of the Cub's ability.
The den leader is responsible for letting the pack advancement chairman
know when boys in the den have advanced in rank or earned something
that should be presented a the next pack meeting. Therefore, the den
leader needs to record somewhere each requirement that's been
The easiest thing is to gather the books from the boys as they arrive at the
den meeting and have the assistant den leader go through the books
while the den meeting is in progress. Next to each "Akela's OK" is
a blank to indicate that the den leader has recorded it. The assistant
den leader should mark an individual advancement sheet for each boy.
the sheets should show all of the individual sub-requirements of each
of the 12 requirements. Then the assistant den leader should initial the
blank to indicate that it has been recorded. Next meeting, the assistant
only has to flip through the book and look for parent signatures that do
not have initials indicating that they have been recorded. Be sure to
check Arrow Points as well as requirements. I believe the BSA has
individual advancement sheets. My wife preferred to make her own
using ruled graph paper.
At the end of each meeting, return the books. If a Cub has completed
all of the sub-requirements necessary for one of the 12 requirements,
have him put a star or small sticker over that requirement on the
den advancement poster. Mount the poster on poster board so everyone
can see it and have a feel about their progress. It encourages the boys
to keep up with their peers. Take the advancement poster to pack
meetings so parents can see how their sons are doing. Every time
a Cub covers up three more advancement requirements, have some
simple ceremony right there in the den meeting to award him his
immediate recognition bead.