This question is in regards to the relationship between the Outdoor Activity Award and the National Summertime Pack Award. Requirement 3 of the Outdoor Activity Award v2015 (Wolf) is to complete five of the following… option (g) is “Earn the Summertime Pack Award”. For the sake of this question/discussion, I will refer to the Scout as a Wolf.
I know that there is great debate concerning if a Wolf earns the Summertime Pack Award during the summer before 2nd grade, or the summer after 2nd grade. In another thread National Summertime Activity Award, it was stated that pack committees can choose whichever way works best for them.
So here are two of scenarios.
A. The Pack Committee decides that a Wolf earns the Wolf Summertime Pack Award at the end of the school year. This has them earn the Tiger Award at the start of their Wolf program year. The one benefit of this scenario is that it allows any Scouts who joined at the start of their school year to earn the Summertime Pack Award for their given rank.
B. The Pack Committee decides that a Wolf earns the Wolf Summertime Pack Award at the start of the school year. They can apply this toward requirement 3 since it is completed during the Wolf program year. This scenario presents a couple of issues. It prevents Scouts joining at the start of the school year from earning the Summertime Pack Award for their given rank, since they will have missed the window of opportunity. Another issue is that a Webelos has two summers, and if they earn it the first summer, they won’t have an incentive the second summer since the Webelos Summertime Pack Award isn’t listed as one of the awards that can be earned multiple times.
So here are the questions:
In Scenario A, Can the Scout use the Tiger Award to meet this Wolf requirement, or is the Summertime Pack Award no longer a viable option to apply toward requirement 3?
If they have to use the Wolf Award, is the window of opportunity for the Outdoor Activity Award extended for three months after they are no longer a Wolf?