50 Cub Scout Questions
1. How many boys make up a Den?
2. I'm not really good with crafts. What do I do?
3. If a boy joins the Webelos den as a first time Cub Scout, can he go back and earn his Wolf and Bear ranks?"
4. What is a Den Chief and how do I get one?
5. What is an assistant Den Leader and how is one obtained?
6. Why should I go to Roundtable?
7. How often am I supposed to hold Den meetings?
8. Can I take my Den camping?
9. I don't want the boys running all through my house at Den Meetings. How can I stop them?
10. Who should I contact to find out about District and council Activities, and training?
11. What do I do when someone breaks the rules or is disruptive? How do I discipline?
12. How much advancement work should we do in the Den Meeting?
13. Who signs the Cub Scout's books?
15. Who signs the Webelos Scout's book when requirements are completed?
16. Isn't it true that the boys don't have to do exactly what the requirement states as long as the "flavor" and spirit of the requirement is kept? The Leader can substitute something else right?
17. How often should a den meet?
18. How often can we go camping?
19. Several of my Webelos Scouts' parents are unable to go on an overnight campout. Should this experience be canceled?
20. How long should a Webelos den meeting be?
21. I'm not that handy. How can I get my boys through all 10 activity pins?
22. Do I have to follow the monthly themes put out by the National Scout Office?
23. When can Webelos wear a tan shirt and/or a patrol patch instead of a den number.
24. What about the boy that is not advancing?
25. What is a Denner, and where do I get one?
26. What do we do at Scouts?
27. What are the Den Leader responsibilities at Pack meetings?
28. How old can you be to join Cub Scouts?
29. What about fund-raisers' How often and what kind?
30. How much does Scouts cost?
31. How often should our Pack have Committee Meetings
32. Do you go on field trips?
33. Who plans the Pack Meeting?
34. Where do we get our uniform?
35. What does a Den Leader Coach do?
36. Is any religious beliefs welcome?
37. Is there training for being a Den Leader Coach?
38. How can I get the Den Leaders to go to Roundtable?
39. Can a boy from a single parent family join Scouting?
40. If all the Den Leaders from our Pack go to Roundtable, won't that put the Den Leader Coach out of a job?
41. I would like for my son to join Scouts, but we can't afford some of the things that are required, what can I do.
42. I've been with this Pack a long time and have given on-the-job training to many new Den Leaders. Often a new Den Leader feels that the training that has been provided if all that is needed. How can I make sure that complete training is taken?
43. Can my son join Scouting if he has a handicap?
44. What can our Unit Commissioner do for us? And where do I find him/her?
45. How often should we recruit?
46. Where are the meetings held, and at what time?
47. Can I become a leader, and what does it entail?
48. What are the responsibilities of the Chartered Organization?
49. Are there really 50 more questions?
50. If I can't attend the meetings, is there anything I can do to help?
51. Who should sign the checks for Pack expenses?
52. What kind of activities do we do at Scouts?
53. How can Roundtables help our Pack?
54. Who will be delivering the Supplemental Training that have become available in the last year?
55. We often hear about ceremonies. Are they really all that important?
56. Why can't Women den leaders wear the khaki uniform?
57. What types of recognition is appropriate for the adult leaders and when should it be given?
58. Can a leader wear more than one Quality Unit Award on their uniform at one time?
59. A boy with disabilities has applied for membership in our Pack. Shouldn't be in a special Pack?
60. Can a Cub Scout leader earn two awards at the same time, if he has served in two positions simultaneously?
1. Q. How many boys make up a Den?
A. Six to eight Cub Scouts is the suggested and recommended number of boys. Some Den Leaders may feel comfortable with more boys, especially if they have more than one assistant and a Den Chief. Dens are designed to be small neighborhood groups. If your Den is growing too large, it's time for the Pack to form a new one, using your overflow as a nucleus.
2. Q. I'm not really good with crafts. What do I do?
A. There are many resources with excellent instructions for theme-related craft projects available to you. With a little patience and practice, you'll get the hang of it and probably enjoy it.
Resources: Cub Scout Program Helps Crafts for Cub Scouts
The Wolf Cub Scout Book The Bear Cub Scout Book
District Roundtable Pow Wow
Den Leader Workshops Cub Scout Leader How-To Book
Public Library Craft Magazines
Other Den Leaders Den Leader Coach
3. Q. If a boy joins the Webelos den as a first time Cub Scout, can he go back and earn his Wolf and Bear ranks?"
A. No, he has to earn his Bobcat rank, and then starts working towards the rank for his grade/age level.
4. Q. What is a Den Chief and how do I get one?
A. A Den Chiefs an older Boy Scout or Explorer that can assist as part of your Den's leadership. With your guidance and direction, he can be a most valuable addition by leading songs and games, teaching tricks or puzzles, and helping with activities.
To get a Den Chief....
1. Tell your Cubmaster you need one.
2. The Cubmaster discusses your need with the Scoutmaster.
3. The Scoutmaster selects the right boy who has been trained in leadership skills.
4. The Cubmaster trains him in Cub Scouting skills so that he will be successful in working with a Den.
5. Q. What is an assistant Den Leader and how is one obtained?
A. An assistant Den Leader is another trained adult who can take over the Den Meeting in your absence. In order to obtain an assistant Den Leader question the parents of your Den to see who would be interested, check with the Cubmaster to see if he/she knows of anyone who is interested or check with your Pack members to see who would be willing to help you out.
6. Q. Why should I go to Roundtable?
A. Roundtable is the place to find out what is happening in the district and council. You have the opportunity to share your ideas with others, and get their ideas. It is also a place where you can go and find out that other people are having the same frustrations that you are having in your local unit. It is also supplemental training where you can get ideas for your program, and ideas on how to implement those ideas. You can actually save time by attending Roundtable because you can you can spend considerably less time planning your program and activities in your den or pack.
7. Q. How often am I supposed to hold Den meetings?
A. It is recommended that Den meetings be held weekly, on the same day each week and preferably right after school in the home of the Den Leader. Although this is the ideal situation, it is not always feasible. Because of the changing lifestyles of the 90's (busing, the increase of working mothers, and the increase of one parent families) many options are available.
The most important thing to remember is consistency - the same place, the same time each week as approved by the Pack Committee.
8. Q. Can I take my Den camping?
A. Any camping other than backyard camping or family camping is not advocated for Cub Scouts.
9. Q. I don't want the boys running all through my house at Den Meetings. How can I stop them?
A. Each Den needs to establish its own set of rules. This should be done as a Den project with all Den members, boys and adults alike, contributing suggestions. Don't go overboard, but be sure to include all the important items, such as: All Cub Scouts must stay in the Den Meeting area unless given permission by the Den Leader or assistant Den Leader to go to another room; no rough housing; no talking during ceremonies; each Cub Scout is responsible for returning his project materials to the proper place; each person is responsible for cleaning up after him/herself. These are suggestions. Base your rules on your Den situation.
10. Q. Who should I contact to find out about District and council Activities, and training?
A. Attend Roundtable.
11. Q. What do I do when someone breaks the rules or is disruptive? How do I discipline?
A. Be sure all your boys know the Cub Scout sign and its meaning -- "when the sign goes up the mouth goes shut." By giving the Cub Scout sign and discontinuing all activity until all the boys have stopped talking, you can often regain control. Don't speak, just give the sign and wait. The Den candle is a good idea. Select a fair sired candle. one that will last through several meetings, but not so large that it takes months to burn down) and light it at the beginning of each meeting. Let the boys know that when it burns down there will be a special outing, treat, party or whatever the Den decides to do, as a reward for good behavior. Every time someone breaks a rule or misbehaves, the candle is blown out, and it will take that much
longer to reach their reward. The candle is not lighted again during the Den Meeting. The boy's) who misbehaved could be responsible for blowing out the candle which then would put peer pressure on the disruptive boy's). If they cause the candle to be blown out, thereby delaying their reward, the rest of the Den will be upset with them.
Try "3 strikes and you're out". A boy that is disruptive three times during one meeting is not invited back for the next meeting. The first time a boy is disruptive he is given a verbal warning. The second time he can blow out the conduct candle and if he continues to misbehave he should call his parents so that he can be picked up and taken away from the Den Meeting, The parents of all boys should be informed of this procedure when the Den is established.
12. Q. How much advancement work should we do in the Den Meeting?
A. Den Meetings are not "advancement factories." Cub Scouting is home-centered and family oriented. Don't deprive a family of working with their son by doing too much advancement work at the Den Meetings. A good balance of advancement projects are pre-planned for you in the Cab Scour Program Helps book. It won't overwhelm the boys with book work, but at the same time, should encourage them to work at home. If for some reason a boy is not working on any of his advancements in his home, you, as his Den Leader, can take the time and work with the boy out of his book to make sure that he also will receive recognition as the other boys do.
It is better to let boys know after the fact that they have completed a requirement while having fun or working on a project for a Pack Meeting.
13. Q. Who signs the Cub Scout's books?
A. The parents of Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts have the primary privilege of passing their son on advancement. The Den Leader may sign off achievements and electives done at Den or Pack meetings.
14. Q. As a Cubmaster, is it my responsibility to keep the record book?
A. No, that is the job of the Pack secretary, Assistant Cubmaster, or a member of the Pack Committee.
15. Q. Who signs the Webelos Scout's book when requirements are completed?
A. The Webelos Leader, or the person he/she designates, will approve the completion of requirements and sign the Webelos Scout Book.
16. Q. Isn't it true that the boys don't have to do exactly what the requirement states as long as the "flavor" and spirit of the requirement is kept? The Leader can substitute something else right?
A. If a requirement says a boy must "show", then the boy must show; if it says to "tell", "list" or "demonstrate", then the boy must tell, list or demonstrate to pass the requirement. Remember: it is still to the best of the individual boy's ability.
17. Q. How often should a den meet?
B. An active den should meet weekly, this will keep the boys involved in the program. If the pack quits meeting during the summer months, they should plan at least one monthly activity for those in-active months. It is best to try and hold meetings at the same time, on the same day each week. This helps to build a regular routine with the boys.
18. Q. How often can we go camping?
A. Webelos Scouts do not go camping in the same way as Boy Scouts, that is, Webelos Leaders do not take the Webelos Scouts out alone to camp..."Webelos Scouts are encouraged to have parent-guardian/son overnight experiences away from home. This is an important step in the transitional period from Cub Scouting to Scouting.
Remember TWO DEEP LEADERSHIP!
Each Webelos Scout Den should have one or two overnighters each year to ensure that all Den members will have the opportunity to earn the Arrow of Light award.
19. Q. Several of my Webelos Scouts' parents are unable to go on an overnight campout. Should this experience be canceled?
A. That is a decision that will have to be made by all the fathers able to go. Don't forget: Although it is desirable to have each boy under the supervision of his own father, there are alternatives available for the boy who has no father, or whose father simply cannot go. REMEMBER: Only a parent or guardian can sleep in the same tent with their son.
There shouldn't be any "loose" boys, boys who aren't the responsibility of someone other than yourself. Each temporary, or substitute dad, is responsible for his "adopted" boy just as completely as his own son.
If you and all the dads, real and substitute, feel there is enough supervision, go ahead. If the vote is no, consider a day hike instead, same alternatives applying.
The Webelos Den overnight camp must be done right or it shouldn't be done at all.
20. Q. How long should a Webelos den meeting be?
A. A well run Webelos meeting will last no longer than 1-1/4 hours.
21. Q. I'm not that handy. How can I get my boys through all 10 activity pins?
First, increase your own skills. Be sure to attend Basic Training. Attend any Webelos Leaders' workshops that are available through your Council and regularly attend POW WOW and your District Roundtable. All of these will help you gain knowledge and experience in activity pin areas.
Don't overlook the parents in the Pack as potential instructors. Boy Scouts who have gone through the Cub Scout program will be helpful as well as you and other parents of your Pack through utilization of the Parent Talent Survey. Someone may know of interested outsiders that would be willing to share their knowledge and expertise with your Den.
REMEMBER: You have two years to complete the entire Webelos' program.
22. Q. Do I have to follow the monthly themes put out by the National Scout Office?
A. There are two types of program planning materials available for use by Cub Scout Packs that you should use to make your planning and weekly Den Meetings easier and fun filled which also covers the areas of concern.
Cub Scout Program Helps: This book offers monthly plans that are broken down for weekly Den Meetings for the 8 and 9 year old boy in the Cub Scout Dens. When following the Cub Scout Program Helps book the planning of each melting is coordinated and outlined for the Den Leader according to the monthly theme. Each month follows a theme, or suggested area in history, culture, etc. around which activities, games, projects, skits, outings, and Pack
Meeting participation items are based.
Webelos Scout Helps: This is part of the Cub Scout Program Helps book and is geared to the activity pin areas the Webelos Dens will be exploring. It is coordinated with the themes the Cub Scout Dens will be working on as much as possible and provides plans for a full year of meetings for the Webelos Leader.
Following the programs outlined in the Webelos Scout Helps is the easiest way to provide a well-rounded den program for your Den that follows the purposes and objectives of Scouting and encourages advancement.
23. Q. When can Webelos wear a tan shirt and/or a patrol patch instead of a den number.
24. Q. What about the boy that is not advancing?
A. Talk with the boy yourself to see if you can aid him with any problem he may be having in not completing his requirements for advancing.
Talk with his parents about the advancement plan and how it works. Offer your assistance to explain in detail, and in person, if necessary.
Be sure to give proper recognition to the boy for advancement work when he does finish.
Use the immediate recognition kit as an incentive for Wolf and Bear ranks.
25. Q. What is a Denner, and where do I get one?
A. The Denner is one of the Cub Scouts in your Den. He is elected to office by the Den members and is responsible for assisting the Den Leadership (primarily the Den Chief if you have one but also should help the Den Leader). The Denner wears a special gold braid over his left shoulder to signify his position. The Denner is used to help set out craft materials, paper and pencil supplies, help to organize the game or a special activity and can help with last minute preparations and clean up after the Den Meeting is over.
26. Q. What do we do at Scouts?
A. First and foremost, the boys have FUN, if the boys don't enjoy themselves they won't keep coming back.
27. Q. What are the Den Leader responsibilities at Pack meetings?
A. Each month Dens are asked to stage opening and closing ceremonies, skits, stunts or songs, or to help with the setup or arrangement of the Pack Meeting; such as chairs and tables for the Scouts and his family members. Den assignments are made at the monthly Pack Leaders' Meeting. The Den Leader will also be responsible for maintaining the discipline of his/her Den.
28. Q. How old can you be to join Cub Scouts?
A. A boy must be in the first grade (or be 7, 8, 9, or 10 years old).
29. Q. What about fund-raisers' How often and what kind?
A. Local Councils must approve all fund-raising projects. Obtain the "Unit Money Earning' application (no. 4427) from your Council office and be sure you understand the ten guides to unit money-earning projects listed on the back of the form. When you are confident your project conforms with the guidelines. fill out the application and submit it to your Council for approval.
Many Packs choose to participate in the Council sponsored fund raisers such as the "Bowl-A-Thon" wherein boys, family members and friends bowl three games for an amount that has been pledged by people for each pin knocked down. The Pack will receive half of the proceeds of all that has been pledged for the bowlers combined.
Another Council sponsored fund-raising activity is the "Great American Popcorn Sale" wherein various types of popcorn are sold and depending upon the amount of popcorn that has been sold by a Scout will depend upon the type of reimbursement given to the boy or the Pack.
Check with your local Council to find out about other Council sponsored events or what your Pack can do to earn money. There are Dens who also participate in fund raisers to earn money.
How often? Generally one successful fund-raiser a year will suffice if you are careful with expenses and follow your budget. If your Pack is one that offers funds to the Scouts for registration, books, summer camping fees, etc. another fund-raiser or two may be beneficial.
30. Q. How much does Scouts cost?
A. The Scouting program has several costs involved. The basic cost is the standard $ 7.00 registration fee to National. Then there is $ 7.80 for an annual subscription to Boys Life. Then there are Pack dues (set by each individual unit), and in some cases you will find Den dues. The basic $ 14.80 is the same nation-wide, the rest varies greatly.
31. Q. How often should our Pack have Committee Meetings?
A. The Frequency of meetings for the Pack Committee alone are based on the need for such meetings. Usually the Committee will meet with the rest of the Pack leadership for the monthly Pack Leaders' Meeting and conduct all the Pack business at that time.
32. Q. Do you go on field trips?
A. Pack and den trips are a welcome change from the routine of pack and den meetings during the school year and are good summer activities that teach the boys something about their community and how it is run. Get permission before you go. Remember that a minimum of two adults must be present on all field trips.
33. Q. Who plans the Pack Meeting?
A. Pack Meetings are planned at the monthly Pack Leaders' Meeting with all Pack and Den Leaders offering suggestions and help. This meeting is held about one week prior to the Pack Meeting, at which time final details for the upcoming Pack Meeting are ironed out, and the following month's plans are set.
34. Q. Where do we get our uniform?
A. You can purchase new uniforms from the Scout Shop ™ or an authorized Scout dealer. You can also find used uniforms at yard sales, thrift shops, and flea markets. Many units have uniform banks or exchanges to help you with uniforming.
35. Q. What does a Den Leader Coach do?
A. Den Leader Coach is a sympathetic ear, a helping hand, and an on-the-job teacher to new Den Leaders who sometimes feel overwhelmed and lost with their new responsibilities. The Den Leader Coach can often make the difference between the Den Leaders staying with it and doing their best or getting discouraged and dropping out.
The Den Leader Coach also "takes the heat" off the Cubmaster by serving as a liaison between him/her and the Den Leaders. He/she can accumulate many questions and concerns expressed by the leaders and communicate these with
one phone call as opposed to several by each Den Leader. Usually he/she will be able to handle most situations without involving the Cubmaster.
36. Q. Is any religious beliefs welcome?
A. The Boys Scouts of America maintains that no member can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing an obligation to God. The Boy Scouts of America is absolutely nonsectarian in its attitude toward religious training.
37. Q. Is there training for being a Den Leader Coach?
A. YES!!! There is usually .Den Leader Coach Seminar conducted once a year through the Council in your area. Often Den Leader Coach training is offered through a POW WOW session. Call your Council office and check to see when the next Den Leader Coach Seminar is being held and where it will take place.
If a session is not being held, contact Your District Training Chairperson. He/she will be able to provide a personal coaching session for you.
38. Q. How can I get the Den Leaders to go to Roundtable?
A. IN YOUR CAR!!! Don't send them - take them. If there is absolutely no way a Den Leader can attend, be sure to share with him/her the multitude of information and ideas that are given at Roundtable.
39. Q. Can a boy from a single parent family join Scouting?
A. Yes, the Scouting movement has many boys from single parent families. While at the Tiger Cub level, an Adult partner is necessary for joining, at the higher ranks the boy doesn't have to have a parent with them for all activities.
40. Q. If all the Den Leaders from our Pack go to Roundtable, won't that put the Den Leader Coach out of a job?
A. No, but it will make your Den Leader Coach's task much easier. The Den Leader Coach is responsible for coordinating the efforts of the various Dens at Pack Meetings, counseling the Den Leaders with problems, representing them to the Pack Committee, helping recruit new leaders, and enough additional responsibilities that the Den Leader Coach will probably welcome their attendance at Roundtable.
41. Q. I would like for my son to join Scouts, but we can't afford some of the things that are required, what can I do.
A. While the registration fees must be paid in order to join, some things such as uniform can wait. You can pick up used uniform parts as you find them, and can afford them. Most units can help the truly needy with their dues, and many youth can learn a valuable lesson by doing some odd jobs to help earn their dues money. Seldom will a boy that wants to be a Scout be turned away do to lack of money.
42. Q. I've been with this Pack a long time and have given on-the-job training to many new Den Leaders. Often a new Den Leader feels that the training that has been provided if all that is needed. How can I make sure that complete training is taken?
A. Training teams put in many, many hours of hard work, research and time into each course. These courses are constantly being updated to remain abreast of every new development in the Cub Scout program, and are generally offered at a minimal fee. Perhaps if you stressed the importance of what training can do for a leader and offered to take them or make arrangements for them to attend, you would have better response.
43. Q. Can my son join Scouting if he has a handicap?
A. Yes, the Scouting program has provisions set up for members with disabilities. This information can be found in the Policies section (chapter 7) of the Cub Scout Leader Handbook. For additional information on membership and advancement of Cub Scouts with disabilities, check with your council service center.
44. Q. What can our Unit Commissioner do for us? And where do I find him/her?
A. Your Unit Commissioner is a dedicated, experienced Scouter willing to assist your Pact in many ways. He/she can help you make troop contacts, locate people, equipment, and materials, assist in the rechartering process and in recruiting and program planning. As an outside observer, your Unit Commissioner can often spot potential problems and weaknesses in your program quickly and can help you solve them personally or by calling in District or Council personnel.
Contact your Council office or your District Executive to see what Unit Commissioner has been assigned to your Pack. Be sure to get his/her telephone number so that a call may be placed to him/her to set up a meeting. Also, get your Unit Commissioner's address so that an invitation can be extended for special events. e.g., Blue and Gold Dinner, Advancements, Pack Committee Meetings, Recruiting nights, etc.
45. Q. How often should we recruit?
A. ALL YEAR LONG!!
Each fall the Boy Scouts of America launches a major recruitment drive called SCHOOL or RALLY NIGHTS. All Packs across the nation are urged to take part and are supplied with materials to aid them. Many Districts organize a spring membership drive in addition to the autumn program.
This is not meant to imply that recruiting should only take place once or twice a year. Boys become interested in Cub Scouts every day of the year and should be offered the opportunity to join the Pack as soon as they are interested. Leaders should be recruited as the need arises.
46. Q. Where are the meetings held, and at what time?
A. There is no set time or place for meetings to be held. The main requirement is for the meeting to be held at a Safe Place. They can be held at a Den Leaders home, at a place provided by the Charter Organization or at a Church, school or city building. Just be sure to meet the TWO-DEEP LEADERSHIP requirement.
47. Q. Can I become a leader, and what does it entail?
A. To become a register leader, one must first be approved by the Charter Organization. Once approved, you can register. The position you are given will be according to the needs of the pack, and what you are wanting to do. Once registered, RUN, don't walk to the nearest Cub Scout Leader Training session. Every boy deserves a trained leader.
48. Q. What are the responsibilities of the Chartered Organization?
A. The Chartered Organization operates the Scouting unit. This organization may be a church, a school, a PTA, a civic organization, etc. The chartered organization agrees to conduct the Scouting program according to the policies of the Boy Scouts of America. Some chartered organizations have more than one Scouting unit.
Your chartered organization is responsible for these things:
49. Q. Are there 50 more questions?
A. Yes, there sure is.......
50. If I can't attend the meetings, is there anything I can do to help?
A. Parental help outside the meeting is always needed. You can help with a telephone tree. Parents are always needed to help with refreshments for Den meetings and pack meetings. You could be of assistance with fundraisers such as the Popcorn drive. You could always do errands like picking up supplies from the Scout Shop ™. The Pack committee and Cubmaster always have needs that a parent can be of help with. Just ask!!!
51. Q. Who should sign the checks for Pack expenses?
A. It is a good policy to always have two signatures required on the Pack account, the treasurer's of course, and either the Cubmaster's or the Committee Chairperson.
52. Q. What kind of activities do we do at Scouts?
A. At Cub Scout meeting, there will be all type of games, crafts, skits and songs. There will be races with boats, cars and possibly rockets or turtles. You will learn many new things, they may about stuff right next door, or maybe from all around the world. There will be several opportunities for organized family camping every year. If you attend Cub Scout Day Camp, or Cub Resident Camp, you might have the opportunity to swim, shoot BB guns, shoot Bow and Arrows. You might even get the chance to do some canoeing or boat rowing. The fun is endless, and that's the key to a good program, FUN FUN FUN.
53. Q. How can Roundtables help our Pack?
A. Roundtables give your Pack leadership hands-on experience and supplemental materials to aid you in carrying out the Cub Scout program in your Pack. Each month theme reinforcements such as ceremonies, songs, crafts, games, field trips, open forum for questions/answers and program ideas are presented for you to use in your Pack.
Contact your Council office or your District Commissioner to see when and where your Roundtable s taking place for your District.
54. Q. Who will be delivering the Supplemental Training that have become available in the last year?
A. In the Baldwin District, of Mobile Area Council, it is planned to hold at least one of the Quarterly Updates segments per quarter as the theme for Roundtable. By doing this, we can get the information to more Scouters without trying to get them to come to another Saturday session.
55. Q. We often hear about ceremonies. Are they really all that important?
A. YES, THEY ARE VERY IMPORTANT!!!!!
56. Q. Why can't Women den leaders wear the khaki uniform?
A. As of September 1996, the khaki/tan uniform is now available as an official option for all female Scouters.
57. Q. What types of recognition is appropriate for the adult leaders and when should it be given?
A. Recognition is a method that is used to motivate boys not only to acknowledge their achievements but also move them toward advancement. Adult leaders are no different. They need to be recognized for their achievements and the time and effort they have used for doing a good job. Saying "thank you" sometimes isn't enough to encourage a leader for working and accomplishing something. Here are a few ideas in addition to "thank you".
58. Q. Can a leader wear more than one Quality Unit Award on their uniform at one time?
A. No, according to the 1995 printing of the Insignia Guide it states: "Only the most recently earned Quality Unit emblem may be worn".
59. Q. A boy with disabilities has applied for membership in our Pack. Shouldn't be in a special Pack?
A. Not necessarily. The decision to accept this child into your Pack would depend on the extent of his disabilities. Consult with the boy, his parents, teachers, and his proposed Den Leader to help you determine his expected level of participation and the advisability of his membership. Most boys with disabilities will benefit greatly from membership in your Pack and can actually contribute much to the personal growth of the other boys and leaders.
Because of special classes and schools for the disabled, there often is little social interaction between youth without disabilities and disabled boys at this age. Working, playing and sharing together in Den situations can increase the confidence and capabilities of the special boy and contribute to the understanding and compassion of the regular Cub Scout.
Mainstreaming, or the placement of disabled boys into Packs with boys without disabilities, is encouraged by the Boy Scouts of America.
The program does not need to be altered, but certain considerations may be extended to the handicapped Scout, such as registration beyond the regular age requirement and the substitution of electives for physical feats outside the realm of the child's capabilities. There are specific procedures to follow when doing this.
As with any of the boys in the Pack, they should always be encouraged to "DO YOUR BEST".
60. Q. Can a Cub Scout leader earn two awards at the same time, if he has served in two positions simultaneously?
A. According to BSA publication #34169 Leadership Training Committee Guide: Plans, Procedures, Materials:
Tenure used to earn one key or award cannot be used earn another key or award.
The only exception to this is in the case of the Boy Scout Leader Training Award, which can be earned in conjunction with the Scoutmaster's Key.