I am in the middle of writing up document of understanding/guidelines for the Pack to operate off of for the year. It starts off like this:
Being a Den Leader, Cubmaster, Committee Chair, Treasurer or Committee Member within Pack221 is a great and rewarding position. With it comes responsibility, not only to the Cubscouts but also to the Scout Parents and to eachother. Our time as volunteers is greatly appreciated and is needed by the Pack as a whole to succeed at all levels.
Hence planning, communication and record keeping is vital to the overall success of the Cubscout advancement, Events, Den & Pack Meetings and the annual program.
All polices, guidelines and rules of the Boy Scouts of America will be followed. This includes information from Scouting.org & the Cascade Pacific Council’s website CPCBSA.org and the Guide to Safe Scouting publication.
My goal is to have this document help in training and answering questions of all new and current Den Leader and Committee Members. Today, in the Twitter-sphere I asked this question:
When is last date a Cub in a calendar year may achive that rank. ie: Tiger. cub joins late in year, can they earn it before school starts.
What I got back from my followers (Yes, you techincally are since you followed me on Twitter…;) ) is this:
1)depends on how you run your scout year. Our pack’s is 6/1 – 5/31.
2)Plenty of precedent to extending over the summer if needed, but officially 01 JUN. Tiger is pretty easy though to knock out.
3)we run by age…so we have old Wolves and NEW wolves.. Run it year round using CS 2010 program and use all 33 den mtg
4)discretion of Pack I think. Key is can’t count anything for next rank til that completes. I’d let him work it through.
5)It’s for sake of camp. If he is working Tiger rank til 8/31, then he can’t go; he’s a Tiger. UC can’t have it both ways
I replied during this tweeting:
1)9/5-5/15 for academic Year. UC told me she gives till 8/31 in her Pack. You said what I was thinking.
2)I am not going to short a cubscout a rank just because. But they have to show the effort.
I was asking this because I am looking at the Advancement & Recoginition Policies & Procedures Book from the BSA. (2010 Printing) and I cannot find that language in there.
I know that my former UC stated that she let a boy finish up his current rank by the end of summer (8/31) and then awarded that rank. I am not out to re-create the whole book, but I need clarification since it has happened before and will happen again.
What I have garnered from this tweeting is: It’s up to the Pack and can be allowed but one rank is worked on at a time. No work on Bear Requirements until Wolf is completed (for example). What I can say about the requirements that are earned at Camp, is that I have left it up to the Den Leader to count them or not. Some boys do not go to camp, hence they would not be able to use them. For Tigers, Wolves Bears I see this as an easy thing since they can work through it during regular school year. As for the Webelos I & II, it might be a tad tougher. There might be a camp program that gets them the Pin they need or parts of it. (Think Partial Merit Badge here). Not every Webelos is going to get the “Heavy Shoulder” award. Webelos just need the basics to get their rank.
Overall, the message to the Scout and Parents is that there is work to be done to EARN their rank. It’s not just GIVEN to them. I am fairly flexible when good sound reasons are given. But, then the Scout needs to live up to what they promise.
Hopefully that all makes sense. Please leave comments to this post in the section provided.
Yours in Scouting.
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