scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: Cub Scout Attendance award
MAJ) Mike Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle (blkeagle@USSCOUTS.ORG
Sat Apr 17 1993 - 15:06:10 CDT
You asked us all:
>What do you use in your pack for criteria for the attendance award? Our
>pack has never given this award before. We are considering doing it this
>year. The Leaders Guide says that criteria for awarding the medal is
>determined by the pack committee.
True, and so do the Unofficial Insignia and Uniform Guide.
I would recommend you look at what is the GOAL of awarding the Attendance
If the GOAL is to reward "near perfect to perfect attendance", then you may
want to set up a high percentage of Den and Pack meetings, along with a high
percentage of activities. Some Packs have used a "point system", giving
attendance at Den and Pack meetings and activities various points depending
on the activity or event. When a Cub Scout (or Cub Scouter) reaches an
appropriate number of points, the Attendance Award is awarded. I've found
that to be a very appropriate way to recognize Cub Scouts and Cub Scouters.
I've been out of my officeroom for most of this weekend, but in clearing a
"new path" into my officeroom this evening, I found an old flyer from a Pack
that I served as Commissioner for in Georgia. Here's how they determined
Den Meetings 10 points per meeting (15 points if shows in uniform)
Pack Meetings 15 points per meeting (20 points if shows in uniform)
Den activities 4 points per activity (8 points if shows in uniform)
Pack activities 8 points per activty (16 points if shows in uniform)
District/Council activities 9-12 points per activity (Council activities
get more points than District points; training programs and Roundtable
counds for 12 points each for adults)
Den gets National Summertime Pack Award 100 points
In order to earn the Attendance Award, a Cub Scout must earn 1200 points or
more in a calendar year.
So, in doing some calculations for this, a Cub Scout must attend 4 meetings
a month (60 points) times 10 months (excluding June and July) for 600
points; all 12 Pack meetings during the year for 240 points; 10 Den
activities for 80 points; 10 Pack activities for 160 points; and the
Summertime Pack Award for 100 points for a total of 1180 points plus taking
part in two or three District or Council activities for the rest of the
points (considering that the Cub Scout is in uniform).
In order to earn the Attendance Award for Cub Scouters, 1500 points or more
must be earned in a calendar year.
It may be too high for some Packs, Hollyanne, so you might want to add or
take away from this if you choose to use it.
If your GOAL however, is to AWARD the thing, however, then I would suggest a
more reasonable "Doing your best" standard instead of a cut and dried standard.
In the "doing one's best" standard, you take into account the fact that Cub
Scout do have outside interests OTHER THAN Scouting, and that the same for
Taking part in two Den meetings and 10 Pack meetings a year, along with two
District and two Council activites a year would net the Cub Scout or Scouter
the Attendance Award.
So, I would take a look at WHY do you want to award the Attendance Award
before you establish requirements for it. Just because it's out there,
doesn't mean that you HAVE to use it. Setting a goal for what you would
like to see as the results of awarding such an award is always a great way
to start out.
Hope this helps out!
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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