If a cub has already completed activities that closely, or essentially identically, align with some of the requirements for an adventure, should they be credited with the completion of the requirements, and how far back should they get credit for?
This is a question one of our other den leaders asked about procedures for Cub scout advancement requirements in general. Her son was the only boy in her den, so when she asked this same question earlier in the year the answer was different.
At the beginning of the year the takeaway was, it’s only your son in the den, and nobody is going to be checking up to be sure which requirements have or have not been accurately completed. Use your best judgement, because if you just credit him for everything, it’s your boy you’re cheating out of the experience. Recently we recruited several new wolf cubs to join that den, and that same den leader posed the same question to the other leaders, because now it effects other kids and parents, and she’s hoping for a more definitive answer.
Almost all the Cub requirements can be completed at home, with a parent or trusted adult, so it seems reasonable that any activities done at home that satisfy requirements should count, not just those done specifically with the requirements in mind. On the other hand, it doesn’t make sense for this to be totally open ended. A bear cub that did a project 2 years ago should probably have to redo it, in an age appropriate way, to satisfy the requirements now. Is there any specific guidance from the BSA spelled out on this?
Common sense suggests to me that if they did it within this scouting year (or recently within the past few months, if we’re right at the beginning of a program year), then it should count. If we’re reaching farther back than that it’s probably too much of a stretch.
How is this handled in other packs?