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ADVANCEMENT FAQs


outdoors. I think we miss a great opportunity if we don’t do Scouting during the summer.


HOW DO YOU MAKE EFFECTIVE USE OF ASSISTANT DEN LEADERS AND DEN CHIEFS? Give them something responsible to do. If they just come and sit at the meetings, that’s not fun. I’ve had it both ways. Some of them are more anxious to participate, and others would rather just be the extra set of hands. As much as an assistant is willing to do, that’s great.


WHAT ABOUT USING NON-LEADERS? Especially in Webelos, the den leader doesn’t have to do it all. It’s O.K. to call in a specialist. I’ve taken kids to the science teacher at the high school, for example. He had them do mini- experiments, and it was wonderful. I could have pulled off some of that in my kitchen, but it’s a lot better to have it in that setting. It was exciting for the boys to be in a real science classroom.


HOW DO YOU MEASURE SUCCESS WEEK-TO-WEEK? I think you’re a success if every boy who is able to come is coming. If a boy has a game or a practice or a doctor’s appoint- ment and can’t come, that’s how it is. But you’re a failure if the kids are sitting at home instead of coming to your meetings.


WHAT ABOUT SUCCESS IN THE LONG RUN? When you see kids five or 10 years later, and they say hi to you on the street or they show you their own kid, that’s a big deal to me. You can see the long-term effects of what you’ve done. I think that’s cool. ¿


Tread Lightly


The World Conservation Award helps Scouts learn to take care of Mother Earth.


TO BORROW FROM an old country song, Scouts were conservationists when conser- vation wasn’t cool. One way they can show


off their green credentials is by earning the World Conservation Award. The award, which comes in Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing versions, encour- ages Scouts to think globally, act locally, and tread lightly on the earth.


WHAT ARE THE REQUIRE- MENTS FOR THE WORLD CONSERVATION AWARD? The requirements vary, so look for them at scouting.org. Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts


must complete a specified achievement, earn two elec- tives from a list of three, and complete a den or pack con- servation project. Webelos Scouts must earn


the Forester, Naturalist, and Outdoorsman activity badges and complete a den or pack conservation project. Boy Scouts must earn the


Environmental Science and Citizenship in the World merit badges, along with either the Soil and Water Conservation merit badge


or the Fish and Wildlife Management merit badge. Venturers must complete


the Ranger Award’s Ecology elective and complete certain other requirements.


WHAT ABOUT TIGER CUBS AND ADULT LEADERS? There’s no Tiger Cub or adult version of the award.


CAN A SCOUT EARN MORE THAN ONE VERSION OF THE AWARD? A boy may earn the award just once while he’s a Cub Scout or Webelos Scout. However, he could later earn the Boy Scout and/or Venturing version.


WHAT DO SCOUTS WHO EARN THE WORLD CONSERVATION AWARD RECEIVE? A round patch with a panda superim- posed on a fleur-de-lis. The color scheme varies


based on the program level. The Cub Scout version (No. 00139) has a yellow back- ground and blue border; the Boy Scout version (No. 00140) has a tan back- ground and border; and the Venturing version (No. 00152) has a yellow back- ground and green border.


WHERE IS THE WORLD CONSERVATION AWARD WORN? Considered tempo- rary insignia, it’s worn on the right pocket of the uniform shirt. It can also be sewn onto a patch vest or blanket.


CAN A CUB SCOUT WHO EARNED THE AWARD TRANS- FER IT TO HIS BOY SCOUT UNIFORM? No. Only the Arrow of Light Award and the youth religious emblem can be transferred from the Cub Scout shirt to the Boy Scout shirt.


WHY IS THE AWARD CALLED THE WORLD CONSERVATION AWARD? The award’s name stems from its adoption by many national Scouting asso- ciations around the world. Each Scouting association sets its own requirements.


WHO APPROVES COMPLE- TION OF THE AWARD? The Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, or Advisor certifies that all requirements are complete. He or she should sign the relevant World Conservation Award application and forward it to the local Scout council service center. ¿


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