Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Pack Summertime Award
Re: Pack Summertime Award
Wed, 17 Feb 1999 13:23:38 -0600
Judy and Keitha listed some good summertime activities. I'd like
to add a couple of points.
First, for a small pack, or one without much motivation during the
summer, you can have summer activities that don't take much work.
First, take advantage of anything your district or council offers,
like the summer day camps (we always list that as one of our activities,
just because we want as many kids to go as we can!). Our district
(Tatanka, in the Sam Houston Area Council) also has, for their July
Roundtable, kind of a mini-cuboree, where they invite the kids to
Roundtable, hold it outside, and get as many packs as they can to
each contribute a booth, that the kids can then go around to visit.
It varies in quality from year to year, but any pack in the district
can take advantage of it. Some of the small ones take the above
two activities, add a pack meeting in August, and voila! instant
summertime program, very easy.
For a larger pack, though, you should definitely have 5 or 6
summer activities, to give all the kids (and dens) a chance to get
their Summertime awards, even with vacations intervening. Judy
listed some great ones. I want to add to Keitha's comment about
the swim party - we do this most years, with one addition. The
Webelos (both years) are invited to come an hour early and work on
their Aquanaut badge. This gives most of them an easy chance to work
on it, and encourages summertime attendance. Also, you could make
the summertime activities work towards something "extra" - one year,
3 of our summer activities were geared towards earning the Crime
Prevention award, which no one had worked on the previous year.
YIS, Neal Smith, CC, Pack 1105, email@example.com
Tatanka District: "http://www.bsa.net/samhouston/tatanka/"
Sam Houston Area Council, Houston, Tx