Scouting, Volume 80, Number 3, May-June 1992 Page: 7
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council with the exact Cyrillic charac-
ters for that language.
'Temporary patches' a problem
At our local pow wow I received an
application for a SOAR ("Save Our
American Resources") patch. I formu-
lated a plan, which was approved by
the pack committee and unit commis-
sioner, and 90 percent of the boys in
the pack completed the requirements.
But the council service center returned
our patch order, informing us the pro-
gram has been discontinued and sug-
gesting the World Conservation patch
as an alternative.
At day camp, many of my boys were
told they had fulfilled requirements for
the "Handicapped Awareness" patch,
but the service center said it had no
knowledge of the award.
It is devastating to boys in the first
through fifth grades to work hard to-
ward a goal only to be denied recog-
nition. Is there any place to get
up-to-date information on these "tem-
Cubmaster, Pack 310
Lake Jackson, Tenn.
The Insignia Guide (No. 3061+A) pro-
vides a description of most patches, but
no requirements. The Cub Scout
Leader Book (No. 3220) is another
fairly complete source and it does list
requirements. However, the BSA has
many such awards and it is difficult to
frequently update large publications
like the two named above. We try to
publicize any changes in Scouting
magazine. However, you should check
with the council service center to make
sure you have the latest information
on a badge.
The World Conservation Award is a
fine substitute for the SOAR patch. Re-
quirements are outlined in the Cub
Scout Leader Book and the council
service center should have application
forms. We, too, are unaware of a
"Handicapped Awareness" badge for
Cub Scouts, although there is a Handi-
cap Awareness merit badge for Boy
Open meetings worthwhile
Last August our pack committee held
a pot luck dinner/planning meeting
that was open to all parents, and many
noncommittee members offered ideas
and suggestions. One suggestion was
that, because the local recycling center
had trouble getting volunteers, the
pack would staff the center one Satur-
day a month.
We decided that the den in charge of
the pack meeting each month will also
staff the recycling center. It's a win/
win situation: The center gets assis-
tance, the pack gets publicity, and the
boys receive a lesson in recycling and
Parents were so enthusiastic about
being involved in the planning process
that our pack is adopting an open
meeting format, encouraging every
parent to attend all monthly committee
Committee Chairman, Pack 95
How about floats in parades?
BSA policy says "trucks may not be
used for transporting passengers"
(November-December letters column).
How about troops and packs who are
invited to ride on a float in a parade?
Should they decline?
Sharon De Giovanni
New Market, N.H.
The Health and Safety Guide (No.
Jf.lf.09C) states: The BSA rule prohibit-
ing the transportation of passengers in
the backs of trucks or on trailers may
be tempered for (continued cm page 39)
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