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.
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 (i.e., 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).
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.
What activities do you have planned for the summer?
You can download the Summertime Pack Award Application below.
- 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: Tryon Palace
- Pack Conservation Scavenger Hunt
- Sporting event: Attend a college or Minor League Baseball game or other local sporting event
- Museum Trip
- Pack Campout
- 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
- Bicycle Rodeo