The National Summertime Pack Award is given to packs that conduct at least one activity in each of the summer months, June, July and August. It is intended to encourage packs to have a year-round program.
The award has three components–pack, den and individual. The application for the award is a bit unclear on how these three work. This makes the award somewhat confusing. I suspect that some packs who have actually earned the award aren’t applying for it because they think they didn’t meet the requirements.
For a pack to earn the award, they simply need to hold at least one pack event or activity in each of the three months–June, July and August. That’s it. There is no attendance requirement to earn the pack award.
Activities can be as simple or as elaborate as you want. They could be just for fun or could benefit your community. The point is to do something as a pack to keep the boys involved in Scouting over the summer break.
Packs are awarded a certificate and a ribbon for their den flags.
UPDATE: On the Cub Scout Ideas Facebook page, some folks mentioned that they were told they must have 50% attendance at all of the events in order to earn the pack award. I decided to check with Mike Lo Vecchio who is a Program/Advancement Specialist with the Boy Scouts of America. Here is a screenshot of his response to me.
Based on Mike’s response, a pack that has the events and has any of its Cub Scouts attend qualifies for this award. If someone in your Council is saying that you must have 50% attendance, feel free to show him or her this email. They may want to contact Mike directly to verify.
If 50% or more of the members of a den attend all three events, that den will receive a den participation ribbon. Here’s an example for you.
A Wolf den has 9 boys. In June, 6 of them attend. In July, 4 of them attend. In August, 8 of them attend. That’s a total of 18 “boy units” (for lack of a better term) who attended a summer pack event. If all boys had attended all events, there would have been 27 “boy units.” I divided 18 by 27 to get 66%.
So, the Wolf den is eligible for the den award.
Some people may interpret this to mean that each month, the den must have 50% of its members in attendance. This page on the BSA website says, “Dens with an average attendance of at least half their members at the three summer pack events are eligible for a colorful den participation ribbon.” Based on the way it’s worded, I think the correct way to calculate the average is by counting the “boy units.”
Cub Scouts who attend all three of the pack’s summer events earn the National Summertime Pack Award pin. They can earn one each summer. The color on the pin varies depending on rank.
- Tiger – Orange
- Wolf – Red
- Bear – Red
- Webelos – Blue
Some packs conduct more than one event each month so that boys will have more than one opportunity to attend. If his family happens to be on vacation during one event, he’ll still have an opportunity to earn the award.
Our pack allows boys to count Scouting events beyond the pack events. For example, if a boy misses the pack’s June event, but he goes to Cub Scout day camp in June, we consider that as attending a June event.
There may be packs that won’t count events other than their own. My opinion is that the award is intended to keep boys involved in Scouting during a time when the pack may not be holding regular meetings. So, if he attends some sort of Scouting event, he is involved, so he should get the award.
To apply for the award, fill out this application. I’ve added it here for your convenience. I found it on the Scouting.org website.
What are some of the activities that your pack does for the National Summertime Pack Award?
Yours in Scouting,
P.S. Check out some of the other Cub Scout awards our boys can earn.