Cub Scouts, even boys of the same age, may have very different developmental timetables. For this reason, Cub Scouting advancement is centered on its motto: “Do Your Best.”
When a boy has done this, his very best, then regardless of the requirements for any rank or award, it is enough; accomplishment is noted.
This is why den leaders, assistants, and parents or guardians are involved in approvals. Generally they know if effort put forth is really the Cub Scout’s best.
When advancement/awards are completed, Scouts should be congratulated immediately and publicly. Badges of rank should be reserved for the next pack meeting, if possible.
Activity pins & belt loops awarded soon after they have been earned. If possible, they could be presented at a den meeting, rather than waiting for a pack meeting.
Pocket certificates/mother ribbons & pins can be reserved for a ceremony at Blue & Gold, or other appropriate venue.
However done, it’s important to note that advancement is an individual process, not dependent on the work or progress of others.