Cub Scout World Conservation Award - Wolf Cub Scouts



The World Conservation Award provides an opportunity for individual Cub Scouts to 'think globally' and 'act locally' to preserve and improve our environment. This program is designed to make youth members aware that all nations are closely related through natural resources and that we are interdependent with our world environment.


As a Wolf Cub Scout, earn the Cub Scout World Conservation Award by doing the following:
  1. Complete achievement #7 - YOUR LIVING WORLD (Page 74)
    1. Complete the Character Connection for Respect.
      • Know. Discuss these questions with your family: What things have people done to show a lack of respect to our world? Why is it important to respect our environment and natural resources? How can you show respect for your environment?
      • Commit. Discuss with your family how you feel when you see places in your neighborhood that have lots of litter. Name one thing you can do to help the environment.
      • Practice. Practice being respectful while doing the requirements for "Your Living World."
    2. Land, air and water can get dirty. Discuss with your family ways this can happen.
    3. It takes a lot of energy to make glass, cans, and paper products. You can help save energy by collecting these items for use again. Find out how recycling is done where you live. Find out what items you can recycle.
    4. With an adult, pick up litter in your neighborhood. Wear gloves to protect your hands against germs and cuts from sharp objects.
    5. With an adult, find three stories that tell how people are protecting our world. Read and discuss them together.
    6. Besides recycling, there are other ways to save energy. List three ways you can save energy, and do them.

  2. Complete all Arrow Points in 2 of the following 3 Electives:

    • #13 - BIRDS (Page 174)
      • Make a list of all the birds you saw in a week and tell where you saw them (field, forest, marsh, yard, or park).
      • Put out nesting material (short pieces of yarn and string) for birds and tell which birds might use it.
      • Read a book about birds.
      • Point out 10 different kinds of birds (5 may be from pictures).
      • Feed wild birds and tell which birds you fed.
      • Put out a birdhouse and tell which birds use it.

    • #15 - GROW SOMETHING (Page 184)
      • Plant and raise a box garden.
      • Plant and raise a flower bed.
      • Grow a plant indoors.
      • Plant and raise vegetables.
      • Visit a botanical garden or other agricultural exhibition in your area.

    • #19 - FISHING (Page 200)
      • Identify five different kinds of fish.
      • Rig a pole with the right kind of line and hook. Attach a bobber and sinker, if you need them. Then go fishing.
      • Fish with members of your family or an adult. Bait your hook and do your best to catch a fish.
      • Know the rules of safe fishing.
      • Tell about some of the fishing laws where you live.
      • Show how to use a rod and reel.

  3. Participate in a den or pack conservation project in addition to the above



US Heritage Awards

There have been several reports that the company who issues these awards has not filled any orders in several months. Some have had their checks cashed but have gotten no response. The website is down and they are not returning phone calls. Our Pack had received the awards in the past, but we are also currently waiting for an order to be filled. If you have any information, please let me know.

It is recommended that you find another award for the boys to work on for the time being. See this link for more.




Silver Award
for Youths 6-10



Gold Award
for Youths 11-18
and Adults

The United States Heritage Awards are designed to give youth recognition for learning about the heritage of the United States of America, and being involved.

These awards may be completed and earned as a unit, group, family, or individually.

Emblem of the Month - Rank Badges

1930-1948


Wolf badge

When Cubbing (as it was then known) first officially began in the USA in 1930, boys were able to join at 9 years of age. They would begin with Bobcat and work their way up through the ranks (Wolf, Bear, and Lion) without regard to age, and cross over into Boy Scouts at the age of 12. Initially, boys could only wear their current rank and associated arrow points. The first rank badges had Cubs BSA embroidered on them, were made of felt, and had wide borders.


The Bobcat pin was introduced in 1938. It was to be worn on civilian clothing and was not officially approved to be worn on the uniform shirt until 1959.


In 1941, the Webelos Award was added for those who had completed the Lion rank and meet the requirements for the first rank in Boy Scouts, Tenderfoot.


Beginning in 1943, once the Bobcat requirements were met, boys began to earn the rank that was appropriate for their age (Wolf = 9, Bear = 10, Lion = 11). Also at this time, boys could wear all of their earned rank and arrow points on the uniform at the same time in the now familiar diamond layout. The Lion badge was at the top, the Bear badge on the left, the Wolf on the right, and the Webelos Award was sewn at the top of the left pocket flap of the uniform shirt:





1948-1950s

"Cubbing" became "Cub Scouts" in 1948 and the rank badges changed from reading "Cubs BSA" to "Cub Scouts BSA" and lost their wide border. In 1949, the age level was reduced by one year for both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, lowering the age for Wolves to 8, Bears to 9, Lions to 10, and Boy Scouts to 11. The order of rank badges on the uniform was also changed to Wolf on the top, Bear on the right, and Lion on the left, with the Webelos Award at the top of the left pocket flap:





1950s-1966

In the 1950s, the rank badges were changed from felt to a twill cloth.





In the spring of 1954, the Webelos Den was created for 10½ year olds who had earned the Lion rank. It was thought that this would keep the interest of the older boys and smooth the transition into Boy Scouts. They utilized the newly published Lion-Webelos handbook.




1967-1972

In 1967, the Lion rank was eliminated and was replaced with the Webelos rank, which retained the "Arrow of Light"-style badge design of the former Webelos Award and consisted of a new set of achievements and experiences to better prepare older boys for Boy Scouting. The Webelos colors and activity badges were also introduced at this time, originally numbering 15. Between 1967 and 1972, the Cub Scout uniform only displayed two diamond shaped patches, Wolf and Bear, side by side, with the Webelos rank badge on the pocket flap:





1972-1977

In late 1971 or early 1972, the old Webelos rank badge was slightly altered and was renamed to the Arrow of Light, with a significant change in the requirements.

In late 1972 the Bobcat pin was replaced with an embroidered rank patch and the Wolf and Bear rank badges were updated.:





1978-2000

In 1977, a new diamond-shaped Webelos rank badge was introduced:




In 1982, Tiger Cubs was started as a "Pack-associated" program with Tiger Cubs being 7 years old. They wore special orange T-shirts with iron-on "badges". Beginning in 1996, when a Tiger Cub graduated to the Pack, he was presented with a "Tiger Cub BSA" strip that would be worn just below the right pocket of the blue uniform shirt:




When the grade-based rank system was phased in in 1986, the age for beginning Tiger Cubs was lowered to First grade, and Webelos Scouts became a two year program aimed at 4th and 5th graders. Five new activity badges were added to the Webelos Scout Book in 1987, and the two-year Webelos Scout program became official in 1988.



2001-present

In 2001, a new diamond-shaped Tiger Cub rank badge was introduced:


At this time, the Tiger Cub Den was fully integrated into the pack; Tiger Cubs now wear the blue Cub Scout shirt.





Also in 2001, a new oval Webelos rank badge was introduced. This badge may be worn either on the blue uniform in place of the rank badge diamond, or on the tan uniform like a Boy Scout rank badge.


2010 National Centennial Scout Jamboree


2010 National Scout Jamboree

Celebrating 100 Years of Scouting in the U.S.A.

July 25th - August 4th, 2010


http://www.scouting.org/jamboree/
http://jambo.org/2010/
jambo links



How To Attend the 2010 Jamboree of the Boy Scouts of America

There are three ways to come to Fort A.P.Hill, Virginia for this event: as a participant in your local council contingent troops, or as a staffer, or as a visitor. Each way will have it's own set of rules that must be followed.

Each council will establish a committee to manage their contingents for Jambo 2010, so you need to find out who your Council Chairman is. Only four adult slots are availabe per contingent troop, so apply early.

To be on the national jamboree staff, you need to apply through your local council, be approved by your region, and be chosen by an area. You will be able to list what areas you prefer, but there is no guarantee.

To visit the jamboree, you can come as a group or individually, but the general rule is that you are suppossed to visit for only one day overall. There haven't been tickets required before, but this time it may happen.

The projected dates for this event are: July 25th - August 4th, 2010.


Location

Fort A. P. Hill, located in the rolling hills of Caroline County, Virginia, near the towns of Fredericksburg and Bowling Green is an ideal facility to hold this major national Scout jamboree.

This 76,000-acre U.S. Army facility has served as the permanent site for the national Scout jamboree since 1981. The Boy Scouts of America uses approximately 3,000 acres of land to support a city of more than 40,000 Scouts and leaders.


Program

Program features reflect the skills of Scouting, our national heritage, physical fitness, environmental conservation, and the true spirit of Scouting. Daily activities include archery, bikathlon, buckskin games, confidence course, conservation programs, scuba, kayak fun, racing shell run, and raft encounters. Regional action centers with rappelling towers are truly popular, as are trap shooting, an American Indian village, and the opening and closing arena shows, not to mention daily stage shows and many other activities. It's Scouting and American history at their very best!

Amid the thousands of colorful tents that will house participants and provide program and support services, there is an infrastructure that provides a safe and secure environment at Fort A. P. Hill. Everything from bus and telephone systems to a hospital and first-aid stations, police and fire departments, post offices, food warehouses, a daily newspaper, and retail stores (trading posts) provide all the support and program services needed for an outstanding event.

100 Years of Scouting in the U.S.A.

In 2010, the Boy Scouts of America will celebrate 100 years as an organization.



Official Boy Scouts of America 100th Anniversary site

2010 National Scout Jamboree: July 25th - August 4th, 2010

Cub Scout World Conservation Award

This Award is meant for Cub Scouts. Decide for yourself if it is appropriate for your younger scouts or not.

The World Conservation Award provides an opportunity for individual Cub Scouts to 'think globally' and 'act locally' to preserve and improve our environment. This program is designed to make youth members aware that all nations are closely related through natural resources and that we are interdependent with our world environment.

The Cub Scout version of the World Conservation Award can be earned by Wolf, Bear, or Webelos Scouts, but not by Tigers.

This is considered a 'temporary patch' and should be displayed centered on the right pocket. It can be sewn on or displayed in a plastic patch holder hung from the pocket button.

This award can be earned only once while you are in Cub Scouting (i.e. as either a Wolf, Bear, or Webelos Scout).


As a Wolf Cub Scout, earn the Cub Scout World Conservation Award by doing the following
  • Complete achievement #7 - Your Living World
  • Complete all Arrow Points in 2 of the following 3 Electives:
    • #13 - Birds
    • #15 - Grow Something
    • #19 - Fishing
  • Participate in a den or pack conservation project in addition to the above

As a Bear Cub Scout, earn the Cub Scout World Conservation Award by doing the following:
  • Complete achievement #5 - Sharing Your World with Wildlife
  • Complete all requirements in 2 of the following 3 electives:
    • #2 - Weather
    • #12 - Nature Crafts
    • #15 - Water and Soil Conservation
  • Participate in a den or pack conservation project in addition to the above.

As a Webelos Scout, earn the Cub Scout World Conservation Award by doing the following:

Emergency Preparedness Award

Emergency preparedness means being prepared for all kinds of emergencies, able to respond in time of crisis to save lives and property, and to help a community—or even a nation—return to normal life after a disaster occurs.

It is a challenge to be prepared for emergencies in our world of man-made and natural phenomena. The Emergency Preparedness BSA program is planned to inspire the desire and foster the skills to meet this challenge in our youth and adult members so that they can participate effectively in this crucial service to their families, communities, and nation.

Requirements for the award, which are age-appropriate and specified directed for Tiger Cub, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, Boy Scout and Varsity Scout, Venturer, Unit Volunteer, and Council/District Volunteer.

The application form.

The pin may be worn on civilian clothing or on the uniform, centered on the left pocket flap. The award may be earned more than once; for instance, as a young person advances through the ranks and is capable of more complex preparedness activities, but only one pin may be worn.

Scout Sunday


The Boy Scouts of America designates the Sunday that falls before February 8 (Scouting Anniversary Day) as Scout Sunday, which is the primary date to recognize the contributions of young people and adults to Scouting. However, each chartered organization can use either of two other options to celebrate this special day.

An organization can adopt a specific Sunday to celebrate. In the instance of the United Methodist Church, Scout Sunday is celebrated on the second Sunday in February. It also is permissible for a local church to celebrate on the Sunday most acceptable to the pastor and congregation.

A Scout Is Reverent: Scout Sunday Observance

Emblem of the Month - Religious Awards



To encourage members to grow stronger in their faith, religious groups have developed the following religious emblems programs. The Boy Scouts of America has approved of these programs and allows the emblems to be worn on the official uniform. The various religious groups administer the programs. Check with your local council service center or contact the religious organization directly to obtain the curriculum booklets.

Information from the BSA:




The medals are usually only worn on special occasions, pinned immediately above the top of the left pocket flap of the uniform shirt.

A silver square knot on a purple background is permanently displayed on the uniform above the left pocket to denote that the wearer has received the corresponding award as a youth. If a religious award is earned as a Cub Scout, the square knot device for youth may be worn on all subsequent uniforms: Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venture, and Scouter. A knot device may be used to indicate during which level of Scouting the award was earned.


More information, promotional materials, and asdf may be found at the non-denominatoinal, not-for-profit organization Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (P.R.A.Y.), including the Duty to God Promotion Patch which is awarded for learning about or promoting religious emblems.

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Emblem of the Month - Centennial Quality Unit Awards

The Centennial Quality Awards program is designed to recognize units, districts, councils, areas, and regions in achieving excellence in providing a quality program to a growing youth population in America at all levels of the Boy Scouts of America.

The emblem is worn on the right sleeve of the official uniform. The top of the award should be placed 4" below the top of the American flag. Only the Quality Unit Award for the current year may be worn on the uniform.

Qualifying packs receive a ribbon for display on their Pack's flagpole.
Between October 31 and December 31 of each year, a “Centennial Quality Achievement form” is completed and signed by the unit and district leadership, usually a commissioner, after they meet to review their achievements for the calendar year compared to the goals they established at the beginning of the year.
The achievement form to be completed will help each unit and the district leadership to:
• Evaluate where the unit is on accomplishing the goals established for each criterion.
• The meeting will allow the district leadership to meet with the unit leadership before year-end.
• If the unit has not yet accomplished all of their goals, they will have time to develop an action plan to achieve the award before year-end.

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