One of the most important parts of Cub Scouts is advancement. Advancement is a great way to give the boys a sense of accomplishment as they complete the different parts of each adventure.
Packs manage the achievement process differently. In some packs, parents may log onto an online tracking system (such as Scoutbook) and post their son’s accomplishments themselves. In other packs, the den leader may compile the information and pass it on to the pack achievement coordinator. Regardless of the pack process, the parents and their Cub Scouts are responsible for keeping track of the boy’s achievements. So, it’s important to record the activities your son does.
At the back of each rank book, you’ll find a chart where you can record the completion of each activity. But just having the chart is not beneficial unless you use it. When should you record the activities?
- Mark the activities as soon as you complete them. This seems so simple, but it’s hard to remember.
- Dedicate a specific time to go through the book and mark completed tasks. You may choose to review your activities right before each den or pack meeting.
- Compile your list when the den leader emails you to say he needs it by the end of the week.
Unfortunately, I have been guilty of number 3 on more than one occasion! So, I can tell you that recording your activities as soon as possible is a much better alternative than trying to remember what your son has done.
Regardless of how you track your son’s accomplishments, make sure you keep your list up to date!
Yours in Scouting,
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