I was involved in Cub Scouting as an adult in 2008-2009, when the change happened. They went from one generic pin that could be earned only once by a youth or adult to one for each program. To those involved at the time, it was obvious adults could no longer qualify for the award, because the generic pin was eliminated. Even if one didn’t read any of the information released, that conclusion could easily be reached. If they meant for adults to continue being eligible, they would have kept the generic version.
Of course, adults who earned the award before 2009, may continue wearing it, since BSA uniform items never go obsolete.
This seems to be one of those situations where a ghost is hanging around for a long time after its life has ended. The question about adults earning the award comes up over and over, because there are so many places where the editing has been deficient. Apparently the Webelos handbook is one of those places.
I think they ask for the number of parents/adults participating in the hopes that they might someday compile statistics about summertime involvement. I don’t remember what the form looked like in 2008, before the switch. Our pack never got the award back then. I couldn’t get enough adults to do an August event, even though we did a full week of summer camp in July and usually had good youth attendance.
I didn’t earn the award as a youth either. When I was a Cub Scout, they said goodbye to us at the last meeting in June, and we didn’t see anyone from the pack again until after Labor Day. The only exception I recall was a camping trip in August at the start of my Webelos year. It’s too bad. Since school went to the second or third week of June where I grew up, We always had several June activities. All we needed was a picnic in the park in July, and I could have earned the award.
The big unanswered question: Had I earned the National Summertime Award as a youth in 1976, could I still wear it on my uniform, since it was a youth/adult award at the time? Is the answer the same today as it was in 2008, when the youth/adult version still existed? Had I participated in June-July-August pack events in 2008 (or earlier) as an adult, would I have earned an award different from the one I would have earned in 1976? I’ve never seen definitive answers to these questions, but they are fun for those who enjoy proper uniforming discussions. Since I never earned the award, I don’t need to solve this puzzle, but others out there might.