According to the National Day Calendar, June 30th is National Meteor Watch Day. It’s a day that “people turn their eyes to the heavens in hopes of spotting the glow of a falling star.” It’s also a great day for your Cub Scouts to check off some requirements while they look for meteors.
Every summer, our pack earns the National Summertime Pack Award. And our summer events do triple duty!
In addition to qualifying us for the award, we open up the events to non-Scout families in the community as a “service” for our community. However, we don’t count this as a community service project–more an opportunity for some positive publicity.
We also use the activities to recruit new Cub Scouts. If a family is interested in Cub Scouting, we’ll talk to them about our pack. [Read more…]
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. [Read more…]
The Cyber Chip is the Boy Scouts of America’s online internet safety program. Just like the Whittling Chip teaches the boys how to safely use a pocketknife, the Cyber Chip teaches them how to safely use the internet.
The BSA feels so strongly about internet safety that the Cub Scouts must complete the Cyber Chip in order to earn their rank badge. Bobcat is the only rank that doesn’t require it.
The Cyber Chip requirements vary by grade. The first through third graders have one set of requirements that differs from the fourth and fifth grade set. One of the key differences is that the older boys must discuss acceptable usage of electronics at Scouting events. [Read more…]