Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Pack Summertime Award
Pack Summertime Award
Sun, 14 Feb 1999 22:37:42 PST
I have been reading all the advice offered to Chris, the newbie CM. I
wondered how long it would take for someone to mention the Summertime
Realizing that families are busy in the summer and vacation schedules
differ, our Pack always offered two events per month and the boys would
qualify for the award if they attended one or the other each month.
Some of the activities we used through the years included:
1. Bike Rodeo - Contact the local police about inspections and marking
bikes to protect against theft. Set up a bike obstacle course for the
kids to ride, with competition at all four levels so that young ones
don't have to compete with older ones. Training wheels are allowed. We
used the school's asphalt playground.
2. Tour at local nature center - bring sack lunch, tour the center,
hike the trails, fun day out of doors.
3. Raingutter Regatta - outdoors at the school. Fun wet activity for a
hot summer day.
4. Family Physical Fitness (Cub Olympics) Picnic - Set up activities
like obstacle course, softball throw, sit-ups, long jump, etc. Be sure
boys compete by age level. Good way to complete some Wolf, Bear or
5. Softball, Cub Style - you know the drill, 45 people on a team
(adults AND kids) and everyone wins. This is one of the easiest to set
up and one of the best attended events we ever had.
6. Fishing Derby - Held at a local park with lake - prizes are fishing
7. Father/Son Breakfast in the park.
8. Trip to local professional baseball game.
9. Day Camp - a MUST for all wolves and bears (and parents.) Good fun
for boys and parents. I will never forget the day one of the dads (who
was a local Chief of Police) came out of the woods wearing a sign that
said, "Please Don't Feed the Animals."
10. Webelos Camp - a MUST for all Webelos and Dads (or Moms.) Not only
a fun experience, it is important for advancement and an integral part
of the Webelos to Scout Transition.
11. Cubmobile or Pushmobile Derby - Plans can be found in the Cub Scout
How To Book. Those little drivers have a ball. When the Cubs are
finished, even the parents like to drive.
12. Kite derby - Also can be found in the How To Book. Spend the
morning making kites, have a picnic lunch and see if your creations will
fly in the afternoon.
13. Cubinapolis - If you haven't tried this one, you really should.
It's a blast and involves the whole family. Would be glad to forward
info to anyone who doesn't know what this is.
14. Rocket Derby - Build model rockets and launch. Even Boy Scouts
love this one.
The possibilities are as limitless as your imagination. Offer a good
FUN, quality program and they will come. It may be slow at first, but
when the word gets out about how much fun the boys are having you will
soon be overwhelmed with attendees!
The very heart of Scouting is "Outing" and summer is the optimum time to
offer activities like these, so please, please don't take this fun away
from the Cubs!
. . .and a good ole' Bobwhite, too. . .
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