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Cub Scout Pack 24
(Concord, North Carolina)
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Belt Loops and Pins


The Cub Scout Academics and Sports program complements the scouting program by providing opportunities for scouts to improve scholarship, develop sportsmanship, and explore new games while collecting Cub Scout belt loops and pins. The emphasis of the program is to try new things and to put forth a best effort, not of achieving proficiency or winning. This program is one method of addressing the third aim of Scouting: the development of physical, mental and emotional fitness. Fitness includes the body (well-tuned and healthy), the mind (able to think and solve problems), and the emotions (self-control, courage, and self-respect).

Where do the pins go on the uniform? - Tigers, Wolfs and Bears will wear the pins on their hats. Weblos wear them on a special ribbon below the American flag.

Cub Scouts of all ages from Tiger Cubs to Webelos can participatein theCub Scout Academics and Sports program and earn a belt loop or pin foreachactivity. Activities can be done individually, in the Den, or as a Pack.(Archery and BB-Gun Shooting can only be earned through a certifiedinstructor,not at a den or pack level. ) A scout participating on school teamsor otherorganized teams may use those activities to fulfill requirements ofthisscouting program.

Activities are divided into two categories: Academics andSports. Eachcategory has many skills and activities from which Scouts maychoose. The CubScout belt loop and pin program encourages a boy to do his bestwhile learningskills and promoting good sportsmanship.

There are currently 28 sports activity areas: Archery, BB Gun Shooting, Badminton, Baseball,Basketball, Bicycling, Bowling, Fishing, Flag Football, Fitness, Golf, Gymnastics, Hiking, Hockey,Horseback Riding, Ice Skating, Kickball, Marbles, Roller Skating, Skateboarding, Snow Ski and Board Sports, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Ultimate, Volleyball

And, 25 academics activity areas: Art, Astronomy, Chess, Citizenship, Collecting,Communicating, Computers, Disabilities Awareness, Family Travel, Geography, Geology, Good Manners, Heritages, Language & Culture, Map & Compass, Mathematics, Music, Nutrition, Pet Care, Photography, Reading and Writing, Science, Video Games, Weather, Wildlife Conservation

Use the Den Recognition Report to track scouts earning belt loopsorpins.

A variety of recognition items are available for the scoutsparticipatingin this program.

  • Belt loops are awarded to scouts completing the three belt loop requirements in an academic subject or sport. Academic belt loops are gold, and Sports belt loops are silver, except for the Archery and BB-gun Shooting belt loops, which are brass colored. Belt loops are worn on the Cub Scout belt.

  • Pins are awarded to scouts that continue participating in an academics or sports area and meet the specific requirements for each pin. Pins typically require completion of the corresponding belt loop requirements plus 5 or 6 more challenging requirements.