National Summertime Award

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MeritBadge.Org offers resources for the National Summertime Award
and the companion Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award.
The National Summertime Award recognizes Scouts, Dens, and Packs for
taking part in activities in June, July, and August.

Cub Scout National Summertime Award Pins
Pin Pin # Level Earned the summer after:
14332 Tiger Graduating kindertarten
14333 Wolf Graduating 1st grade
14334 Bear Graduating 2nd grade
14335 Webelos Graduating 3rd grade
and again after 4th grade
National Summertime Den Award Ribbon
National Summertime Den Award Ribbon
National Summertime Pack Award Ribbon
National Summertime Pack Award Ribbon

The purpose of the National Summertime 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.

Boys who participate in three summertime pack events (one each in June, July, and August) are eligible to receive the National Summertime Award pin.

The pin is worn on the right pocket flap of the Cub Scout Uniform, pinned onto the Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award, if present. Multiple pins may be displayed for each year the award is earned.

Den and Pack ribbons

A pack can qualify for the National Summertime Pack Award certificate and streamer by planning and conducting three pack activities-one each in June, July, and August.

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 for the den flag or den doodle.

Summertime Activity Ideas

One activity in June, July, and August is the minimum requirement. But remember that few Scouts will be able to make three specific dates during the summer. Consider offering at least two pack events each month. Ask your dens to each host an event. Your council and district should already be offering Cub Scout Day Camp and Cub Scout and Webelos Resident Camp as well as a variety of other activities for you to put in your calendar. So realistically your Cub Scouts may be able to choose from four or more activities each month.

Belt Loop Events - Many great Pack Activities tie into the rank levels as well as Belt Loops. Boys can work on their Pins the second year but consider having popular events no more than once every two years to avoid burn-out. Make sure that you always go over the basics and safety rules for each activity. A Pack Belt Loop event may feature one activity or combine several activities:

  • Fossil Hunt
  • Historical landmark tour
  • Fire Department or Police Department Tour (applies to each level)

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