scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Awards?
MAJ) Mike Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle (blackeagle@pop3.SCOUTER.net
Sun Feb 13 2000 - 21:38:02 CST
Mike Doherty asked:
>I have a boy whom is completed everything his wolf badge and 3 arrow points
>already, I would like him to get his wolf badge and 1 arrow point and the
>last two arrow points at the last two pack meetings.
>Its is my understanding (please correct me if I am wrong) that the wolves can
>not go onto the bear book until next year, thus is why I want to keep this
>motivated young man active in me den (by spreading out his awards)
>Is this wrong? and can he start on his bear book?
Yes, this is wrong. Your Cub should receive his Wolf, Gold Arrow Point, and
the two Silver Arrow Points as soon as possible after earning them. Each
Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, and Venturer advances at their own
rate, not at the rate that we as Scouters would like for him (or her in the
case of a Venturer) to advance.
"Holding back" awards until a few months don't do anything for the individual.
Will he get "burned out" of earning Arrow Points? Not likely, if you and
the rest of the adults in the Pack emphasize the fact that very few boys
actually earn more than the Gold and perhaps one Silver Arrow Point.
As a Cub Scout, my Wolf year was spent earning four Arrow Points -- the Gold
one (for the first ten electives) and three Silver Arrow Points. Several of
my Cub Scout peers also earned more than two Arrow Points.
No, he cannot start work on the Bear badge until the following year/age.
Hope that helps out!
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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