Cub Scouts, their Dens and the Pack can all earn awards for
participating in summertime activities. Cubs will gain a sense of
accomplishment when receiving this award, and will look forward to
activities next summer!
A pack should schedule various activities during the summer as part of the Cub
program. It keeps the pack together when the boys are out of school,
and shows them another fun part of the Cub Scout program!
These events can be used to help the pack earn the "National Summertime
Pack Award." This award demonstrates to families in the unit
and others that the pack's leadership is providing a good, quality
program for the boys.
To assist leaders with summer activities, the
Council offers an array of outdoor camp opportunities. Boys
experience Cub Scouting in the outdoors with Cub Scout Day Camp and Cub Scout
Resident Adventure Camp.
Another benefit to planning summer gatherings is the possibility for
parents to stay active and interested. They can share in hikes, enjoy
archery or play a game with their boy, and have fun doing it. Summer
pack events often involve the whole family, including siblings.
Cub Scouting is a year-round program. Boys get the full benefit of
Cub Scouting, plus all the fun and adventure when a pack stays active. Packs with a three-month
break during the summer and no activities, risk losing the
participation of both youth and adults. Those members may decide to join
activities to fill the void.
Overview of the National Summertime Pack Award
To encourage a pack to be active when school is out for the summer, by doing one activity per month in June, July, and August.
Who Can Earn This Award?
Dens with an average attendance of at least half their
members at the three summer pack events are eligible for a colorful den
participation ribbon. Boys who participate in all three pack events are
eligible to receive the National Summertime Pack Award pin, which they can wear
on the right pocket flap of their uniform. This is an individual recognition
for boys, not adults.
How To Get the Award
Return the completed National Summertime Pack Award Application to the Council Office indicating whether your unit will be purchasing
recognition items for participants.
About the 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.
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 (ie, boys who have attained the rank of Tiger will receive the Tiger pin even though they are in a Wolf Den and working towards the Wolf rank).