The Gold Boomerang has more reqiuirements than the other two, and sometimes it is challenging to program to cover the Gold sections fully, without leaving the Cubs attempting the other levels with spare time. Of course sometimes, no matter how well the program is planned, the few cubs that need to cover a section may not be there on the week it is done. Eventually most of us feel we need to "catch-up" on a section or two. Some suggestions I have recieved to rectify this are detailed here.
The way one group have started doing it is by having a BOOMERANG MARKET
NIGHT. (about twice a year on a normal pack night). These nights do
need a bit of prior preperation by the leaders as what i do is set up
an activity grid sheet for each kid that has the boomerang activities
they need to catch up on to complete the level they currently are (or
were before their birthday) working on. You also have to rope in as
many 'helpers' as possible for the night - call in your Scout
Leaders, Venturers, Rovers or Scouts that you can access. Then you
are ready to begin!
Some groups overcome this by having a special 10 year old camp for the Cubs doing their Gold Boomerang where they can concentrate on the parts of the Boomerang that do take a lot longer (like in Section4 - preparing a meal and a hot drink for yourself and an adult using your cooking fire). This camp could be run at a district level too, thus providing plenty of leaders to assist. You could even talk with your scout leaders, and maybe have them come along and cover some of the Scout Campcraft badge at the same camp if the Cubs are due to go up soon
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