Tony Hooker is a KISMIF.org guest blogger from Concord, North Carolina. He is a Wolf Den Leader in the Central North Carolina Council and is a first-year Cub Scouter.
A new patch is available from BSA National, celebrating the 100 year anniversary of Scouting. The “Year of Celebration” patch is a temporary patch, worn hanging on the right pocket of the uniform.
There are 5 ribbons that can be earned to accompany this patch in each of the following areas: Leadership, Achievement, Community Service, Character, and Outdoors.
This patch and the associated ribbons can only be earned from September 1, 2009 to December 31, 2010.
All levels of Scouting (Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, and even adult leaders and alumni) can earn this patch. There are different age appropriate requirements for each level.
The following requirements are those for Cub Scouts. He must complete 3 of the 5 requirements in each section to earn that ribbon.
1. Explain what makes a good leader and give an example of that person demonstrating those qualities. Ask your parent or den leader what makes a good leader. Write a letter of nomination for the 1OOth Anniversary National Hall of Leadership and submit it to the national 1OOth Anniversary Web site.
2. Practice being a leader such as being a denner for one week. Write or tell your parent or den leader about what you did during that week.
3. Get a friend to join Cub Scouts.
4. Organize the den to set up and take down chairs at the pack meeting.
5. With the approval of your den leader, plan and lead a den activity.
1. Choose something you’d like to do better, and work on it for a week. Write or tell your parent or den leader about your progress.
2. Earn one Cub Scout Academics belt loop and one Cub Scout Sports belt loop.
3. Complete one achievement or activity badge for your rank.
4. Complete one elective for your current rank.
5. Complete one Cub Scout Sports or Academics pin, or the BSA Emergency Preparedness Award or the BSA Physical Fitness Award.
1. With your parent or den leader, identify a person who serves the community. Write or tell about what that person does for others.
2. With your family or den, help plan and carry out a community service project. Write or tell about the project.
3. With your family and/or den, clean up your Pack’s chartering organization’s parking lot, a neighborhood park, the school grounds, or other public area.
4. Participate in a nature beautification project such as a tree or natural vegetation planting.
5. Give service to a community organization such as a food bank or feeding station.
1. Talk to your parent or den leader about the Cub Scout Promise or Law of the Pack. What does it say about the kind of character a Scout should have?
2. With your family or den, plan and carry out a game that helps demonstrate one of the Character Connections(TM). Write or tell about your experience.
3. Talk to your parent or rabbi, minister, cleric, or other religious leader about how trust in God provides inner strength and confidence.
4. Talk to your parent or den leader about honesty. Talk about why it is important to be honest in everything you say and do.
5. Become a friend of a boy who is being left out of the group. Discuss how compassion and cooperation are essential to good character.
1. With your family or den, help plan and carry out an outdoor activity. Write or tell about your experience.
2. Describe to your parent or den leader the different kinds of plants and animals you can find around your neighborhood.
3. Earn Cub Scouting’s Leave No Trace Awareness Award or the Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award.
4. Go on a hike with your family or den.
5. Participate in a district or council outdoor experience (day camp, resident camp, etc.).”