Belt loop/pin policy recommendations in Cub Scouts Posted March 9, 2011 In our Pack, we've developed a number of policies about this: 1) As to presentation, after having experienced the tedium of the litany of belt loops and pins and so on for everyone, we have determined that B & G is not for "Baubles and Geegaws": we do Rank Recognition only, and ask Den Leaders to make it a fun and excellent ceremony. We tell them that other elements like Belt Loops and so on should be Den Recognition items. We do (if we have a diligent volunteer) note these extra achievements in the Banquet Program, so mom and dad and Scout can see it. -- Now, this is for a Pack of 60 plus, where all of the Baubles and Geegaws would get tedious. -- Less of a worry for a small pack. 2) As to cost, we have a policy of we'll pay for the awards done in a Den Meeting or Pack Event, and families who do extra would need to fund their extra awards. But we have yet to need to apply this policy, in part because many realize that Johnny won't be the center of attention at the B&G by getting a bazillion belt loops. -- Agreed that this can get way out of hand, as these are pricey. -- It all depends, of course, on what you budget for advancement needs / pack dues / pack fundraiser. 3) As to "did he ... really?", that is difficult. Truly, many elements can be done and completed, and completed well in a family / team setting, worksheet or not, so we generally don't like to add requirements. -- We do want Den Leaders to be in touch with families and get these awarded when earned, and often they use that as an opportunity to ask the family to come teach it to the rest of the Den! My $0.02.