Cub Scouts Gymnastics Sports Belt Loop and Pin
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Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts may complete requirements in a family, den, pack, school, or community environment. Tiger Cubs must work with their parents or adult partners. Parents and partners do not earn loops or pins.
Requirements for the Gymnastics Belt Loop
Complete these three requirements:
- Explain the six events of men's gymnastics: floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings, vaulting/side horse, parallel bars, and horizontal bar.
- Explain the safety rules you should follow to learn gymnastics.
- Participate in an exercise from three of the six events using the proper equipment and techniques.
Requirements for the Gymnastics Pin
Earn the Gymnastics belt loop, and complete five of the following requirements:
- Write a report on the history of gymnastics. Tell your den or an adult family member what you learned.
- Take gymnastics lessons.
- Attend a gymnastics meet.
- Practice and demonstrate five floor exercise skills.
- Practice and demonstrate two skills used on the pommel horse.
- Demonstrate two skills on the still rings.
- Demonstrate two skills using parallel bars.
- Demonstrate two skills using the horizontal bar.
- Demonstrate a vault using the side horse.
- Develop a regular routine of physical and mental conditioning.
- Learn about three U.S. gymnasts who have won medals in the Olympics. Tell your den or an adult family member what you learned about them.
Gymnastics Online Resources
May 08, 2012 - Coach George
The term 'Gymnastics' is a word that encompasses many sports. Think of it as an Umbrella word no different than say using the term 'ball sports'. Like 'ball sports' which would make one think of many different activities (football, basketball, soccer etc.) 'Gymnastics' should do the same for there are many different sports that fall under the term. For males in the USA there is Men's Artistic Gymnastics, Acrobatic Gymnastics, As well as Power Tumbling and Trampoline Gymnastics. In other Countries and supported by the Federation of International Gymnastics there is also Group Gymnastics (Gymnastics for All) and Aerobic Gymnastics.
Your requirements for this Gymnastic Pin need to be updated to represent all the different Male Gymnastic Sports. As a coach with 30+years combined experience in all these Gymnastic sports areas I would be VERY Happy to help you revise the requirements for this badge accordingly.
Thanks for sharing your expertise. The national BSA defines the requirements for awards, advancement, and recognition - not me.
If you feel strongly about this, you may want to write directly to:
Director - Cub Scout Program Division
Boy Scouts of America
1325 West Walnut Hill Lane
Irving Texas 75061-2079
I appreciate the Cub Scout Program having a belt loop and sports pin for gymnastics. I recently coached a group of cub scouts so they could earn the requirements for both, and I noticed that the information could use an update. Most importantly, the six events of men's gymnastics should be corrected to list "vaulting/side horse" as simply "Vault." The "vaulting horse" was replaced in 2001 with the vaulting table. Gymnasts have not competed vault with a "horse" since 2000. Please refer to the event descriptions listed by USA Gymnastics for more information: usagym.org/pages/men/pages/event_descriptions.html
I have sent this same information to the Cub Scout Program Division.
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