75th Cub Scout Anniversary Family Award
Featured here this month are the requirements
for the Cub Scout 75th Anniversary Family Award. There are four
awards. Each is distinguished by its unique color pattern, boys are red
bordered, families are yellow bordered, Leaders are blue bordered and the pack
is silver bordered. There is also a 75th Anniversary Commemorative
Patch available from the BSA with no requirements. Each month we will be
discussing specific activities you can do for each level of the award, so you
are ready for the big 75!!
Our pack committee chair has taken the
requirements for each of the awards and then added where appropriate pack
activities that met the requirement. That way families can check off what they
did and get inspired to do those other things needed to complete the award. CD
Depth Look at the…
75th Anniversary Family Award
For Tigers, Cubs, Webelos Scouts & Family
Complete Requirement 1 and complete
5 other activities.
Participate in a pack, district, or
council celebration commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Cub Scouting. (This
could be a Blue and Gold Banquet.)
preferred Blue and Gold theme this year is the 75th Anniversary of
Cub Scouting. Begin thinking of things you can do to celebrate! Perhaps you
can have 1930’s games as a gathering activity, contact a local Scout collector
or historian to see if you can display a collection of uniforms, pictures and
books from the past 75 years of cub scouting, ask an older Scouter to come to
your meeting a share a 10 minute story on what things were like when he was a
Invite another family to attend a 75th
Anniversary event or activity to learn more about Cub Scouting and how to join.
Councils are planning a big celebration open to the whole family in 2005 to
celebrate the 75th Birthday of Cubbing. If your does this, why not
invite your best friend and his parents for the family weekend? Or, host a
special 75th Anniversary Pack meeting with games and crafts from the 1930s and
have each boy invite a friend and at least one parent and their other kids.
Have a mini round up or Q & A session to discuss how Cubbing is a family affair
and how to join.
Visit a business, landmark, or other
site or structure in your community that is at least 75 years old. Talk to a
representative about how the location has changed in the past 75 years.
Look around; probably there are many structures in your town over 75 years old.
You may be able to visit a local factory, (like the Timken Company or the Hoover
Vacuum Cleaner Company in my area or the first Dupont plant near where
Commissioner Dave lives.) There are Historical Societies and old houses that
are open to the public in most towns as well. Check with your local historical
society to see if there is a list of local landmark’s you can visit that may
have changed since 1930.
As a family, make a list of household
items that would not have existed 75 years ago. Discuss what might have been
used instead and how life was different without these items.
Television – in the 30s families huddled around that
radio and listened to stories like the Shadow.
Computers – took up huge rooms and a person could
never afford one at home (or have the space to house it)
Cable – what no 24 hour cartoons? How about no
television just fuzzy broadcast signals on your radio.
SUV’s – most people drove cars and a few drove
trucks. There was no thought to putting the two together for a family.
Direct dial telephones – back in the good old days,
you had to ask an operator to connect you to a city and then ask the operator in
that city to connect you to the person you were looking for, if they had a
Commercial jet airlines – some commercial airlines
existed, but most were on blimps like the Hindenburg.
If you wanted to go somewhere you took the train or
a passenger ship.
Battleships – were the pride of every Navy in the
world. They are gone now- the airplanes, long-range missiles and aircraft
carriers made them obsolete.
Calculators – handheld calculators were never
thought of – you did all your math by hand the long way.
Satellites – those things that link the whole world
together. The first did not go up until 1959.
Trips to the moon – only in storybooks. It wasn’t
until 1960 that we even thought about it, and not until 1969 that we made it
Space shuttle – We didn’t even know what rockets
were in 1930, let alone a reusable rocket ship.
Super oil tankers – supply oil all over the world
instead of pumping from the back yard or local oil company.
Fax machines – replaced telegrams and telegraphs.
Now we can send papers over the phone lines.
Mini-cameras – flash powder cameras were a luxury,
and big and bulky. A pocket-sized camera that anyone could own was impossible
in 1930. People often had their pictures painted instead of photographed.
VCR/DVD – the only movies you saw were 5 cents at the theatre, instead of at
home on the big screen.
CDs – back in 1930, you played records made of
brittle plastic on a wind up Victrola phonograph that would make the music play
from a big bull horn shaped bell. No stereo or head phones.
Bake a cake, pie, cookies, or other
dessert using ingredients that would have been available 75 years ago. Decorate
the dessert with a Cub Scout theme.
part here, is that they made everything from scratch. No cake mix, no heat and
eat bread. Most of the ingredients are the same, we just have everything
pre-mixed and made. How about making a cake from scratch. Search the web for
some recipes for pies, cookies or cakes. You might try and make a loaf of bread
from scratch too! Have your Pack sponsor a Parent-Cub cake bake where all
entries must met the 1930 requirement.
Start a family scrapbook or add to an
existing one. Include photographs or memorabilia from at least six different
hard. Scrapbooks and photo albums help satisfy requirements from Tigers to
Webelos. How about theming the book with an antique look – or – with your
parents consent, have family photo taken with everyone dressed up in clothes
that may have been worn in the 1930s. Pick some of your favorite Cub pictures
and make a special page just for your son.
Make a family time capsule with each
family including items that represent what is important to each member of the
family. Decide on a future date on which to open the capsule together.
on time capsules back in August. Make a family time capsule, and agree to open
it on a day in the future, perhaps your high school graduation, or the day you
get married. Make sure everyone includes a note about what they think and feel
about the world around them, written in their own handwriting. If you need help
making one, search for time capsules on the web.
As a family, read an article together
from Boy’s Life magazine (accessible via the Internet at www.boyslife.org). Talk
about how this article would have been different had it been written 75 years
pretty easy, and easier if you subscribe to Boy’s Life at home. Look for things
that weren’t around 75 years ago, or things that we would have done
differently. See if you can find an old picture of someone doing the same
activity. Ask a grandparent to participate and share how they would have done
the activity when they were your age.
Draw a family time line going back at
least 75 years. Include significant dates such as birthdays, weddings, and when
family members joined Scouting. Mark 1930 as the year Cub Scouting began.
be great as an entry in your family scrapbook project or as a poster for your
sons room. Show a family tree and all of your relatives that can be remembered
back 75 years or longer. For more information, you can look up genealogy on the
Find a picture or photograph of the
Cub Scout uniform in 1930. Discuss how the uniform has changed. Have each family
member draw a picture of what they think
the Cub Scout uniform might look like
75 years in the future.
District Award of Merit
The District Award of Merit is awarded by a District or Exploring Division to
volunteer and professional adults for service to youth in the District or
Division. Normally, the award is presented for service in excess of five years.
Candidates for this award must be nominated (Self-nomination disqualifies the
candidate). Guidelines are: