This Award is meant for Cub Scouts.
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
Jul 24, 2013 - Jeff
Hello. I disagree with your interpretation of which pin the cubs earn. My son had a graduation ceremony in June in which he was handed his bear neckerchief, slide and hat. He officially became a bear. He is going to a resident camp in August where he will work on bear achievements. Once a scout progresses to the next program year he may not work on any achievements or electives for the preceding program year. Why then would it make sense to have a bear working on his wolf summertime award? A boy is eligible to join the tiger cubs right after kindergarten. That would make them eligible to get their summertime pack award as a tiger cub after kindergarten.
Jul 25, 2013 - Scouter Paul
@Jeff - Since your pack moves to the next program year in June, then only boys that join as Tigers in June (rather than September) can earn this award in your pack.
Other packs start their program year in September, allowing Tigers to earn this award the summer after first grade.
It is up to each pack to define when their program year begins.
Feb 03, 2014 - Scouter Illinois
Yes, I agree with Jeff. Our summer camps in Illinois, including day and resident, are set up so that the rank year begins June 1. Our pack bridges their Scouts to the next rank at the May pack meeting for this purpose. Therefore, the National Summertime pack award would be earned in the first 3 months of their Scout rank year rather than the last 3 months. If Tigers don't join over the summer between kindergarten and first, that's too bad. All the summer camps are open to them as Tigers that summer and they miss out on that as well.
Aug 18, 2014 - Kevin
@Scouter Illinois, Kind of rough don't you think? Is this what scouting is about now? To heck with the youngest guys as long as I get my award? Every award that a tiger receives is worn with pride by these young boys. We need to do what we can to encourage participation, not "to bad so sad".
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