National Summertime Pack Award for Cub Scouts


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This Award is meant for Cub Scouts.
summertime pack award pin A pack can qualify for the National Summertime Pack Award by planning and conducting three pack activities - one each in June, July, and August. This award can be an incentive for greater attendance at your summer pack activities.
Individual scouts that participate in all three pack events can receive the National Summertime Pack Award pin. Starting in 2008, there is a different color pin for each Cub Scout rank so earning the pin each year has more incentive.


national summertime pack award Qualifying packs receive a colorful streamer for their pack flag.

Dens with an average attendance of at least half their members at the three summer pack events will be eligible for a colorful den participation ribbon.

The purpose of the National Summertime Pack Award is to encourage packs to provide a year-round program by continuing to meet during the time periods when school is out of session for several weeks or months. If a pack is in a 'year-round school' (or is part of a home-school association), the pack could earn the Summertime Pack Award by having a special pack activity during those breaks.

A scout that earns the Summertime Pack Award pin should display it pinned on the right pocket flap. Multiple pins may be displayed from each year it is earned.
If the scout has also earned the Outdoor Activity Award, it should be sewn on the right pocket flap and then the Summertime pin pinned through the patch.

I've not been able to find 'official' info on the ranked Summertime Pack awards yet, but the local Scout Shop folks agreed with me on this interpretation...

Since the goal of the Summertime award is to have Packs continue the program through the summer, the summertime award scouts receive should match their current rank rather than the rank they are working on.

Download the Application for the National Summertime Pack Award.

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Comments:
 May 10, 2013 - Margrit Thomassen
Our Pack was told last year by the Unit that they won't pay for the Summertime pins anymore and that the pins are no longer being made...

Does anyone know how true this is??

Thanks,
Margrit
May 11, 2013 - Scouter Paul
Margrit - The pins are in stock at ScoutStuff.org
May 15, 2013 - Pam Fosnes
Our Pack does recruiting in May, so what pin do the new boys get? (mostly the new tigers)
May 15, 2013 - Scouter Paul
Pam - If your Pack defines the scout program year beginning in May, then the summer activities would count toward the 'new' rank.  It's up to the Pack to define when the year starts, but then be consistent.
In your case, a boy that starts when school begins in September would not gt a Tiger pin since he missed that part of the prgram year.
May 18, 2013 - Amy H
The BSA defines the program year as going from June1-May31.
So if you recruit in May, the boys will go up to the next level on June 1st in council's records.
So that would mean that if a boy joins in May, he really doesn't start his scouting year working out of a new book til June 1st, although I'd suspect you'd work on bobcat stuff in May.  
An example, we recruit kindergarteners to be Tigers in May.
Council won't accept their applications until June 1st, so we make sure the apps don't say kindergarten as their grade, it says 1st grade(most are out of kinder by then anyway and are incoming 1st graders).  
So those boys will be the Tiger den, work from the Tiger book effective June 1st, and earn the Tiger summertime pack award.  The boys who join in August, don't get the chance at that pin.  
May 19, 2013 - Jodi H
Amy H. I believe the Summertime pin states that -- in most cases -- the scouts are working for the pin of the year that they just completed. So, your old "Tigers" would copmlete their Tiger pin. However, for Scouts who join in the summer, they would work on their incoming year, so they will be a year ahead on pins, but it should all work out in the end.

Jul 22, 2013 - Cathy B.
Can someone clarify this for me. I'm reading this as, if your pack has 3 activities over the summer, one each month, your pack qualifies for this award. Last summer our Cubmaster said we didn't qualify because only 3 scouts attended all 3 events so we didn't have 50%. I see that dens with 50% participation all summer get a special ribbon. To earn the pin do they just attend all 3 or is it if they participate in one during the summer?
Jul 22, 2013 - Yukon Jack
@ Cathy B.  Your cubmaster is mistaken, they are seperate awards with the same name.  The PACK gets the award if they have at last one event in each summer month: June, July, August.  Then DEN gets a ribbon if 50% of each den participates in all 3 months' activities.  The SCOUT gets the pin if he attends each month's event.  Our pack gets the Pack SPA every year, and many boys get the pin...but our dens NEVER qualify due to the 50% requirement.  Missing this one thing doesn't disqualify our boys or the pack as a whole.  Hope this clarifies.
Jul 22, 2013 - Cathy B.
@Yukon Jack Thank  you!!! That's how I was reading it. Very sad those 3 boys missed out on it last year!
Jul 22, 2013 - Yukon Jack
@ Cathy B.  You're welcome.  As an army vet and with OCD, things like uniform regulations, policies, and award paperwork I sorda can't help but go over until I memorize it.  Also, there is nothing stopping you from filling out the SPA award form for last year (it's locally approved, unlike the Journey to Excellence which needs to be submitted the year immediately following the qualifying period).  Anyway, just take the 2-page form on this website above and fill it out and buy the 3 pins for the three boys.  (Be sure to date it for Summer 2012.)  I back-do paperwork whenever I can to get awards for boys and scouters that should have earned them.  Low level awards like this one are easy to correct past mistakes like this (and be sure you get the pin for the 3 boys for their den last year...not this year).
Jul 23, 2013 - Cathy B.
@ Yukon Jack!!! Huge thank you!!!! I will get on that!!!

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