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I have had several request to summarize the suggestions for awards for retiring
pack leaders. So here they are:
Cubmasters Award pendant medal, certificate and knot.
Cub Scouters Award pendant medal, Certificate and knot.
If you have leaders whose tenure is like the two in Carol's case (2 and 3
years), these leaders may qualify for one of the Cub Scouting adult awards. It
might be worth a look to see whether they have met the requirements and if so,
to assure that they receive the appropriate awards. You can look at the
requirements for these awards at http://usscouts.org/awards/knots2.html.
I was CC for 4 years when my son crossed over (still kept the job, though)=2E
At that time, I gave the Den Leaders, and Asst CM who crossed over key chains
and presented a scout knife to the CM (he had earned his CM knot)
I was pleasantly surprized to receive a small paperweight and pen w/BSA logos
We tend to give females keychains or something similar -- always BSA stuff
There are other gifts possible, but the BSA things seem to be good memory
Fun awards are also great inexpensive gifts that show a lot of appreciation,
if your budget is tight. Ideas for awards of this nature are listed at
The BSA Catalog and many Scout Shops feature some excellent plaques for Cub
Scouting that can be used for an award as well as a host of other things
suitable for gifts - mugs, paperweights, pen holders, knives, camping gear,
and much more.
Think about the memorable moments during the tenure of these leaders. Were
there any particular things that stand out? Things where you got to know
what one of them really liked? If so, this might be the start of your gift
list. When I was a Cubmaster, I loved having cake auctions, cooking, and
just about anything to do with food. When I retired and moved on, I was
presented with a Cub Scout Blue apron with a Cub Logo on the pocket. (My
wife said they had to get it at a tent & awning store - it was huge) Inside
the pocket was a wooden spoon with blue and gold ribbons tied on it. You
can bet that I put that apron on right then and there and wore it the rest
of the night and even used the spoon as a baton for leading a song.
Expressions of appreciation can cover a wide gambit and what is right for
your leaders depends a lot on what they like, what you can afford, and what
would be memorable and meaningful to them. All this aside, the key thing is
that they will know that your efforts at recognition were from the heart and
they will appreciate anything you do.
I don't know if this would work for you or not, but last year when our Cub
Master retired we gave him several things. The first was a nice plaque,
thanking him for his years of service to the pack. The second was a new U.S.
flag & pole that was purchased for the pack & dedicated upon his retirement. A
small brass plate was attached to the pole of the flag, noting the retiring
Cub Masters years of service. Since the previous Cub Master was very
patriotic, this meant more to him than anything else we could have done.
Last year I presented our retiring Cubmaster with a Scrapbook that my friend
(pack treasurer) and I spent about a week putting together. He shows it off
to everyone he knows. On the front page we glued all the uniform patches
(like you would do on a plaque). The second page was a page of appreciation
that the whole pack signed. The rest of the pages were filled with photos
from fun events throughout his tenure. This was a big project though, and
had he not also been such a good friend I'm not so sure I would do it again.
But, he really loved it.
One year we gave them a tree (any kind will do) to plant in their yard and
had the boys sign there name on small sheets of paper that were tied onto
the tree. That way they will have a remembrance for years to come. (We
did a pecan tree one year and lead up to it by saying since you were so
nutty to do this job for so long, we got you this to take the place of the
My ASM will leave the Pack when her son crosses over this week at our Blue
and Gold. Her husband said the one thing she would most enjoy is a gift
certificate to her favorite store. We have also had a nice certificate of
appreciation designed,and adorned by a calligraphy artist.
We just had our Blue and Gold banquet, where our pack
traditionally has the CC reward all of the year's registered leaders.
For our leaders, I made a "record plaque" - it was a wooden plaque
(our pack had a bunch donated last year), painted blue or gold, with
a CD glued to it (shiny - non lettered - side out), and a label
"Thanks for a record year". On the CD, I lettered a song title that
was a popular song title or a parody of one, that made it appropriate
to their position (like, "Hungry like the Wolf", for a Wolf leader).
They seemed to like these.
Our Cubmaster just retired (er, "stepped back" - he is
sensitive about the word "retire") after 3 years as CM and 4 as CC.
There is a new Scout camp under construction in our area that is
partly funding itself by selling engraved bricks in a plaza area,
and the leaders chipped in to buy a brick in his name, from our
Pack. The council had a certificate for it that we handed to him
at Blue and Gold as we told him about it. He really liked that.
I'm leaving as CC (moving to CM, actually), and at the last
pack meeting, this same Cubmaster gave me a framed picture of a boy
by a lake with the saying under it that ends in "The World May Be
Different Because I Was Important In The Life of a Child". This meant
a lot to me because it was already one of my favorite quotes, and
because this was the first time I had received anything from the pack.
I guess the key thing is to target what type of thing that
leader is interested in. Our CM really likes the type of permanent,
public thing that our brick was. I appreciated the framed print
(about 4x6, postcard sized) with the quote on it. Most people will
like anything that shows that you put some thought into it, and some
of your time, whether or not it looks expensive. Although, the
person in charge of the banquet did suggest that I just give everyone
a certificate this year. I didn't at the time think that a certificate
showed enough personal time or personal thought, but, if that's what
she values, maybe that would be the best thing for me to give her
when she get recognized next...