August 2008 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
September 2008 Theme
Citizen and Communicator
The National Summertime Pack Award
It is not too late for your Cubs to earn their National
Summertime Pack Awards and for the pack to earn it, too receive their
attractive, full-color certificate, and National Summertime Pack Award streamer
for the pack flag. Dens with at least 50 percent of their members at the three
summertime activities receive a den participation ribbon. Check it out at
And look at how they have spiffed up the pins - there is a
different color ring on the pin for each year, coordinated with the slide
color!!! No more, "I don’t care, I got that pin last year!!"
Heck out the June 2008, H2Ohhh!! theme, issue of Baloo for
more details on the Summertime Pack Award!! (I wonder when it stopped
being the Summertime Fun Award?? CD)
You can download the form with all the instructions and
requirements from National’s Website at
And when the summer is over,
have all your Cubs go out and earn a
Since all packs are involved in recruiting, I thought it would be
appropriate for September to remind you about an incentive award for boys to get
their friend to join Scouting. See Pack Admin Helps for ideas for Spring
Recruiting. - CD
Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts may be awarded, and wear, below the right pocket on
their uniforms, the Recruiter Strip shown above
There are NO formal requirements for these strips. Each Unit establishes the
procedure for awarding the strip. Usually, a Recruiter Strip is awarded to a
Cub Scout or Boy Scout the first time he is successful in getting a friend,
relative, classmate, or other acquaintance to join his unit.
Typically, only ONE strip is awarded to a boy while he is a Cub Scout, and
another may be awarded while he is a Boy Scout. But there is no official limit.
From time to time there are special Recruiter Patches issued. I have seen
Football Helmets, Garfield, and others.
Just remember – A boy has to be having fun
in Cub Scouting before he will ask his friend to join.
Boys’ Life Reading Contest for 2008
SAY ‘YES’ TO READING
Enter the 2008 Boys’ Life Reading Contest
Write a one-page report titled “The Best Book I Read This Year” and enter it in
the Boys’ Life 2008 “Say Yes to Reading!” contest.
book can be fiction or nonfiction. But the report has to be in your own words —
500 words tops. Enter in one of these three age categories:
8 years old and younger
9 and 10 years old
11 years old and older
First-place winners in each age category will receive a $100 gift certificate
good for any product in the Boy Scouts official retail catalog. Second-place
winners will receive a $75 gift certificate and third-place winners a $50
Everyone who enters will get a free patch like the one shown above. (And,
yes, the patch is a temporary insignia, so it can be worn on your Cub Scout or
Boy Scout uniform shirt, on the right pocket. Proudly display it there or
anywhere!) In coming years, you’ll have the opportunity to earn
contest is open to all Boys’ Life readers. Be sure to include your name,
address, age and grade in school on the entry.
Send your report, along with a business-size, self-addressed, stamped envelope,
Boys’ Life Reading Contest
P.O. Box 152079
Irving, TX 75015-2079
Entries must be postmarked by Dec. 31, 2008 and must include entry information
and a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
For more details go to
Knot of the Month
Have an experienced leader you would like to honor - This is a great way
to recognize their years of service. They are available in 5 year increments
The Veteran Award is an adult
recognition. However, tenure earned as a youth may be included in the total
number of years registered.
After 5 years of registered
service in the Boy Scouts of America, an adult may, upon application, receive
the designation of “Veteran,” provided the person agrees to live up to the
Scouting obligations; to keep local Scouting authorities in the community in
which residing informed as to availability for service; and further, to be as
active in the promotion of the cause of Scouting as circumstances and conditions
permit. Service in Scouting organizations other than the Boy Scouts of America
does not count toward veteran recognition.
An individual must currently
be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America in order to receive an
An adult designated veteran
shall pay the regular registration fee if desiring to continue to retain active
connection with the movement.
Scouters desiring recognition
as 5-, 10-, 15-, 20-, 25-, 30-, 35-, 40-, 45-, 50-, 55-, 60-, 65-, 70-, 75-, or
80-year veterans must have maintained an active registered relationship for the
required number of years, paying the annual registration fee. The pin is for
civilian wear only.
The records of the national
office and local councils shall determine eligibility. The periods of service
claimed for veteran recognition need not be continuous.
Application should be made to
your local council. I was unable to find a form to apply for the award on
National's Website (www.scouting.org)
I did find several council's with forms posted but none had a number I could
locate on National's site. Some Council sites with forms are:
This is a great way to recognize long serving members of your unit or
district. Most people do not know this Award is available.
Next few Months -
Earning your Trained Patch and Service Stars!!
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