Baloo's Bugle

July 2007 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 13, Issue 12
August 2007 Theme

Theme: A Century of Scouting
Webelos: Naturalist & Forester
Tiger Cub


Check the July Theme issue for the Summertime Fun Award and the May Theme issue for Outdoor Award ideas


Heritages Belt Loop

The requirements listed below are taken from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program Guide (34299B) 2006 Printing.

This loop and pin could be done by finding veteran Boy Scouts from several generations and exploring the history of your family in Scouting.

Belt Loop

Complete these three requirements:

  • Talk with members of your family about your family heritage: its history, traditions, and culture.
  • Make a poster that shows the origins of your ancestors. Share it with your den or other group.
  • Draw a family tree showing members of your family for three generations.

Academics Pin

Earn the Heritages belt loop, and complete five of the following requirements:

  • Participate in a pack heritage celebration in which Cub Scouts give presentations about their family heritage.
  • Attend a family reunion.
  • Correspond with a pen pal from another country. Find out how his or her heritage is different from yours.
  • Learn 20 words in a language other than your native language.
  • Interview a grandparent or other family elder about what it was like when he or she was growing up.
  • Work with a parent or adult partner to organize family photographs in a photo album.
  • Visit a genealogy library and talk with the librarian about how to trace family records. Variation: Access a genealogy Web site and learn how to use it to find out information about ancestors.
  • Make an article of clothing, a toy, or a tool that your ancestors used. Show it to your den.
  • Help your parent or adult partner prepare one of your family's traditional food dishes.
  • Learn about the origin of your first, middle, or last name.

Knots of the Month

This month is a chance to focus on those great Scouters among us.  Candidates for these awards must be nominated. Self-nomination disqualifies the candidate.  Each of us know someone who deserves one or both of these Awards.  It takes some time to nominate someone, and the nominee should not be aware that they are being considered.  Carefully research the nominees Scouting experience and Community Service.  Get the nomination forms from your District or Council Staff and start the research process and nominate someone deserving.

District Award of Merit

District Award of Merit.


A nominee must be a registered Scouter.

A nominee must have rendered noteworthy service to youth in Scouting, outside of Scouting, or both.

Note: The nature and value of "noteworthy service to youth" may consist of a single plan or decisions that contributed vitally to the lives of large numbers of youth or it may have been given to a small group over an extended period of time.

Consideration must be given to the nominee's Scouting position and the corresponding opportunity to render outstanding service beyond the expectations of that Scouting position.

Silver Beaver Award

Silver Beaver

The Silver Beaver Award is presented upon action of a Council Executive Board of one of the BSA's local Councils or the Direct Service Council for outstanding service to youth within the Council or for outstanding longtime service to youth by a registered Scouter residing within that Council. The average tenure for Silver Beaver candidates is ten years or longer.

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