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 attaining Tiger rank (Graduating 1st grade)
14333 Wolf attaining Wolf rank (Graduating 2nd grade)
14334 Bear attaining Bear rank (Graduating 3rd grade)
14335 Webelos attaining Webelos rank (Graduating 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.

There are differing opinions on whether to award pins respective of the Scout's current rank (after bridging up June 1) or rank just completed. There is no stated BSA policy as to which method Cub Scout Packs should utilize. Opinion typically defaults to "do what makes the most sense for your unit (relative to recruiting timetables) and the boys present at your unit's summertime events."


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.

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.

Other Activities can be just for fun or to support Fundraising or other program areas such as these Summertime Activities:

  • Back to School Cookout: hold a cookout at a local park
  • Fire Department Tour: could be tied in with the Emergency Preparedness Award
  • Historical landmark tour:
  • Pack Conservation Scavenger Hunt: Scouts could earn the Leave No Trace award
  • Sporting event: Attend a college or Minor League Baseball game or other local sporting event
  • Museum Trip:
  • Pack Campout: at least one leader needs to be BALOO trained
  • Pack Picnic: could encourage Scouts to bring squirt guns, hold competitions, etc.
  • Police Department Tour: National Child Identification Program - Fingerprinting! - Crime Prevention Award
  • Popcorn kickoff event:
  • Raingutter Regatta: consider it for fun only and let Scouts challenge each other instead of a formal race
  • Water Rockets: stomp rockets
  • Zoo Trip: go to the zoo or attend another local wildlife sanctuary


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