With the changes to the Cub Scout program, we’re going to see some changes to the recognition devices. Currently, our Tigers earn beads for their Tiger Cub Totem, Bears and Wolves earn beads for their Cub Scout Progress Toward Rank totem and Webelos earn their Compass Points and Emblem. All of these will be going away when the new program goes into effect on June 1, 2015. But we will have new recognition devices to take their place.
The Cub Scout Academics and Sports program will be retired, so we will no longer have belt loops as they exist today. The new devices are loops that go over your belt. They are awarded whenever a boy completes an adventure.
While I was at the training class at Philmont, we got to see the prototypes of the new recognition devices. I thought you might be interested in seeing them too. I do need to apologize for the photos because they aren’t the best quality. I wanted to straighten the devices and the labels before I took the pictures, but there were too many folks trying to take pictures at the same time. I decided they probably wouldn’t appreciate my moving the devices around while they were snapping pictures!
The Webelos and Arrow of Light devices are made to be worn on the Webelos colors or on the hat. If you’ll notice, these prototypes are too large for the colors. The final versions will be smaller so that they will fit.
I know that many of you have questions about the cost of these items. Unfortunately, I don’t have any answers for you. The prices weren’t finalized, so they couldn’t be shared with us during the class.
What do you think about these?
Yours in Scouting,
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