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Suspended Unit Operations for The Summer?

From Advancement News:*

Yes, it would be REALLY disappointing if your pack, troop, or crew decided to suspend its program for any period, however long, this summer. To who? To your Scouts, that’s who.

Any break will bring programs that are vital to your Scouts' advancement plans to a halt, which must be restarted when you reconvene, and it is not a given that this can be done smoothly.

Scouting is a year-round activity and summer is an especially fun time of year.

But it's not too late - the summer is only half over!

Consider the following:

  • First, there’s summer camp. Please don’t tell us you skipped summer camp, but if you did - there is always next year! 
  • You could have a “mystery campout” planned by the adults. Scouts can be given a list of things to bring so that they’re prepared, but not told where they are going or what they will be doing until they get there.
  • You could have a campout to teach camping activities to new Scouts.
  • You could have a pack, troop or crew family picnic.
  • You could take a Saturday to clean and store your unit's equipment. Soda and donuts will make this go more smoothly.
  • You could have a car wash to earn money for your unit's equipment. For many reasons, it is more fun to do this in summer than winter.
  • You could have a lake or beach campout (Don’t forget Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat).
  • You could have a unit service project.
  • You could have a court-of-honor or summer Cub pack awards meeting.  Summer a great time for this combined with a picnic or just a good old-fashioned "ice cream social"
  • You could have an advancement catch-up weekend.
  • You could have a campout for your troop or crew's youth leaders to plan the next year’s activities.

And the list goes on. Summer is a fun time of year. Baden-Powell told us that it is the fun that keeps youth in Scouting.

Establish a year-round program in your unit and work to find ways to keep Scouts in Scouting. This will increase the likelihood that the youth will stay around and we will have an opportunity to influence their character, promote their fitness, and to teach them citizenship. Now isn’t that what we’re all about?

Please note that a Scout must be given credit for active participation time, even if a unit takes time off during the summer or any other time of the year. Also remember that the Scout must be given credit for time served in a position of responsibility, even if a unit takes time off during the summer or any other time of the year. The reason for this is that advancement program should be used in such a way to find ways that Scouts can legitimately advance. We should not be looking for ways to prevent Scouts from advancing. A final note is to remember we are NOT allowed to change the advancement program in any way.

*Reprinted in part from July-August 2018  Advancement News

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