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Review Cub Scout Requirements Often

Review Cub Scout Requirements

When my older son, Parker, was a Bear Scout, my husband worked on wiring a ceiling fan for our patio. He was connecting the electrical into an outlet in one of our bedrooms, and he called Parker into the room to watch.

With my husband's help, Parker used a pair of pliers to bend the ground wire into a hook.  He then used a screwdriver to screw the outlet cover back on.

Just like that, Parker had completed part of the Bear Adventure: Baloo the Builder 1

Bear  Adventure:  Baloo the Builder 1: Discover which hand tools are the best ones to have in your toolbox. Learn the rules for using these tools safely. Practice with at least four of these tools before beginning a project.

A few days prior to this, I read through the Cub Scout requirements as I worked on our den schedule.  I recalled this one, and we were able to give Parker credit for it.

I encourage parents to read through the requirements every couple of months. You’ll be surprised at the number of everyday activities or school assignments that your son does that will count toward a Cub Scout adventure!

Yours in Scouting,

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Friday 15th of April 2016

You are absolutely correct—knowledge is the key! Early in my tenure as a Den Leader, some of my Cub’s parents seemed overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of advancement requirements, with more than one of them commenting to me that they weren’t sure how they could be expected to complete everything with their son. I basically told them the same things stated in this post—to just familiarize themselves with the achievements and electives in the handbook and that they’ll be surprised at the number of items that they’ll be able to sign off just from the common everyday activities that boys (and their families) engage in. I also advised them to talk with their son and review how his school project, household chore, or other activity had satisfied a Cub Scout requirement so that he is aware that he is closer to earning a specific Cub Scout award. Over the years, I had witnessed a number of award ceremonies in our Pack where upon presentation (and while still on stage) the Cub honoree says to our Cubmaster, “What’s this for?” Those moments always made me smile, but it was also clear that that Cub’s parent(s), guardian(s), or adult partner(s) had failed to acknowledge his accomplishments with him when signing his handbook.


Monday 20th of June 2016

HA! I've heard that a couple of times myself!

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