National Summertime Pack Award
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.
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.
- 1st grade - earn Tiger rank
- summer - earn Tiger summertime pin
- 2nd grade - earn Wolf rank
- summer - earn Wolf summertime pin
- 3rd grade - earn Bear rank
- summer - earn Bear summertime pin
- 4th grade - earn Webelos rank
- summer - earn Webelos summertime pin
- 5th grade - earn Arrow of Light, move on to Boy Scouts
Download the Application for the National Summertime Pack Award.
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May 10, 2013 - Margrit Thomassen
Does anyone know how true this is??
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.
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.
are required to spend half the summer with the other parent. A parent asked me if because her son will be gone all of July, can he go to two events in June and one in August and still get the award. Its a valid problem I am suprised has not be addressed before?
Is the award important to the scout or just the parent? If the scout really wants it, then you might encourage him to find some scouting activity in the community where he will be spending July, even if it's with a different Pack. That's still not strictly following the requirements, but it's up to you.
The goal of the Pack award is to encourage Packs to be active all summer long. Sounds like the Pack is doing that.
The goal of the individual award is to recognize a scout for doing his best to help the Pack go. Making an extra effort to meet the requirements is showing he is doing that.
I have been asking my Pack at Committee mtgs. every month about the Den summertime ribbons. We have the ribbon for the Pack, and all of the boys recieved thier pins, but we never got the ribbons for the dens that had 50% participation. Does anyone know where to get these or what they look like? Do they have the year on them, or are they generic? No one in our Pack seems to know how to get them. We are missing the 2013 ribbons and I would like to get them and also the have the knowledge for when it's time to order the 2014's. Thanks for any advice.
The den ribbon has no year on it.
For the den ribbon, it is specified as 50% at a single event each month. 25% at two events doesn't add up to 50%.
You could ask the person you've been talking to 'Why' the BBQ doesn't count. Maybe there's something else of which you and I are not aware.
My interpretation would be more along the lines of actively doing the program offered at the event, not cheering from the sidelines.
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