National Summertime Pack Award for Cub Scouts

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This Award is meant for Cub Scouts.
summertime pack award pin 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.

national summertime pack award 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.

Download the Application for the National Summertime Pack Award.

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 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".
Sep 02, 2014 - candy
Does the scout need to attend all 3 summertime events to qualify for the pin?
Sep 02, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@candy - yes.
Sep 03, 2014 - Cubmaster John
I disagree with this assessment, also.  We allow kindergartners to join the Pack in March and do our crossover at the end of April / Beginning of May.  If new scouts attend the three Pack Meetings over the summer and/or have gone to scout day camp, and complete one requirement from Achievement 5, they should receive the awards.  Otherwise, you are discouraging new tigers from participating in summertime activities.  Scouts aren't allowed to work on and/or earn backward awards for ranks already acheived.  The scouts should receive the Outdoor Activity Award Patch for their first qualifying summer and a wolf track pin for each subsequent year.  
Sep 03, 2014 - Cubmaster John
The picture above probably shows what I am getting at the best.  The Tiger pin and tiger neckerchief are worn together. If a boy achieves the rank of Wolf at Crossover and gets his Wolf neckerchief, he would receive the corresponding Wolf pin to wear during his Wolf scout year.
Sep 05, 2014 - K
For our July Pack Event our Pack was just under the 50% attendance mark.  However if you add that # to the # of our scouts who attended Council Day Camp in July we are over the 50%.  Our Pack did a lot of work (fundraising, advertising, cajoling!) to get scouts/parents to attend Day Camp.  In the spirit of "Doing our Best" and having summer participation, does our Pack qualify for this award?  
Sep 07, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@K - There is no attendance percentage required for the Pack award.  A Den needs to have at least 50% in attendance to receive its own award.
Sep 16, 2014 - Julie Quinn
It's not considered the rank they are earning towards. They have earned the Tiger rank and are "working towards Wolf" therefore they earn the Tiger Pin. This is how our council explained it to me. However I had a new Tiger join in June and they participated their first summer so he has earned a Tiger pin twice, since they don't have a bobcat pin. Also, your second year Webelos will have crossed over and wouldn't earn it twice. Hope this clears things up!

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