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Join the Cub Scout Pack Challenge This Summer & Earn the National Summertime Pack Award!

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Dan Beard Council challenges EVERY Cub Scout Pack to schedule fun activities throughout the summer and to earn the National Summertime Pack Award. Packs that earn, complete and submit the application by September 1, 2021 will get $2 off each person registered for the fall Cuboree!

Cub Scout Packs are just getting back to a more comfortable place of meeting in-person, slowly increasing group sizes outside as the daylight hours grow longer.

In May, June and throughout the summer, take advantage of the weather and ability to get together and have some FUN that your Scouts (AND families) really need!

Benefits of the Cub Scout Pack Challenge

  • Volunteer Prospecting: Get to know Pack families (especially parents who are potential volunteers) in an informal relaxed environment
  • Recruiting Opportunity: Scouts can invite a friend to participate
  • Retention: Families see communications and events on their calendar that keep Cub Scouting on their mind and calendar forming a bridge from spring to fall
  • Advancements: Many awards have outdoor components that are more difficult to accomplish in winter months, but could be nearly effortlessly added to a summer activity
  • Fall Fundraising can kick-off with returning Scouts earlier than beginning of the school year–before parents are burned out from other fundraisers, or scouts are taking hiatus for fall sports
  • Fellowship: Scouts get a chance to socialize with other Scouts in/outside of their dens, when it’s not disruptive to formal pack meeting programs
  • FUN: Swimming, hiking, picnics, ice cream socials, S’mores nights–they are all FUN for Scouts and their families!

How does the Cub Scout Pack Challenge Work?

Summertime activities should focus on fun and camaraderie. Pack should avoid scheduling summertime Pack meetings that solely focus on awards and business. Make sure that your summertime activities provide your Scouts an opportunity to get outdoors and active.

Some possible summertime activities are listed below.

Requires Some Prep Work

Ready-Made (Mostly)

Summer Camp

Fishing Day

Pack Cookout/Picnic

Scout vs. Parent Game (kickball, wiffleball or other athletic activity)

Zoo / Museum Visit

Nature Hike

Water Bottle Rocket Build & Launch Day

Astronomy Night

Rain Gutter Regatta

Bicycle Ride

Bird House, Toolbox Kit Build Day


Space Derby

Outdoor Movie Night

Scavenger Hunt



Ice Cream Social

National Summertime Pack Award

Packs who host one summer activity each month during June, July, and August would qualify for the National Summertime Pack Award. Packs who qualify for the award can submit the form to the Scout Achievement Center, and will receive a Pack certificate, Pack flag streamer, and Den streamers for those Dens who meet participation requirements. The form and other information about the Summertime Pack award can be found at www.scouting.org/awards/awards-central/national-summertime/

Packs that earn, complete and submit a National Summertime Pack Award Application to the Scout Achievement Center by September 1 will get $2 off for each person to attend a Fall Cuboree.

Questions? Please contact your District Professional by clicking here for the Staff Directory.