Information on the New Cub Scout Shooting Sports Award
The former Cub Scout Shooting Sports Award, Belt Loop and Sports Pin programs have been replaced with a new Cub Scout Shooting Sports Award. See revised Cub Scout Shooting Sports Award pamphlet at http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/OutdoorProgram/ShootingSports.aspx
New Cub Scout Adventure Program—Be Prepared for Success
The new Cub Scout advancement program was launched on June 1, 2015, and boys and families have already started using the materials at day camp, resident camp, and during summertime den and pack events. If your pack starts its annual program at the beginning of the traditional school year in August or September, you can be ready by using the time remaining this summer to build a plan featuring the new program materials that will lay the groundwork for a well-organized program launch starting in the fall.
Annual program planning is nothing new, it has always been a common attribute of all successful Cub Scout packs. Cub Scouting’s new program materials provide every pack with a great opportunity to recalibrate— and rededicate—its program to the values of Scouting at an annual program planning meeting.
New den leader guide books now are available to support den-level programs at each level: Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos/Arrow of Light. Each of these guides maps out in great detail what materials are needed to run a high interest program for the boys in your den. After using your den level’s guide in consonance with the Cub Scout handbook to lay out a basic plan for your den-level adventures, use the range of additional support materials available, such as the Cub Scout Leader How-to Book, Den and Pack Ceremonies, and more, to add richness and depth, otherwise known as fun!
New training guides for Cubmaster/Assistant Cubmaster, Den Leader, and Pack Committee (i.e., Pack Committee Challenge) were released early this year and are available through the Program Updates – 2015 and Beyond page.
The Cub Scout Angle New Cub Scout Adventure Program—Be Prepared for Success The new Cub Scout advancement program was launched on June 1, and boys and families have already started using the materials at day camp, resident camp, and during summertime den and pack events. If your pack starts its annual program at the beginning of the traditional school year in August or September, you can be ready by using the time remaining this summer to build a plan featuring the new program materials that will lay the groundwork for a well-organized program launch starting in the fall.
Annual program planning is nothing new, it has always been a common attribute of all successful Cub Scout packs. Cub Scouting’s new program materials provide every pack with a great opportunity to recalibrate—and rededicate—its program to the values of Scouting at an annual program planning meeting.
As always, pack-level planning centers on major pack activities, such as pack family campouts, day camp and resident camp opportunities, and monthly pack meetings. Under the new Adventure Program, each month’s meeting should correspond to a point of the Scout Law. In addition, each plan should follow a theme to help make the pack meeting even more fun. Help for creating your pack meeting plans can be found by visiting www.scouting.org/programupdates. The plans you will find do not have to be used in a specific order, but some do have reminders to include activities from the required advetures to help the Scouts advance in rank.
Planning is meant to be easy and straightforward: using the calendar in the den leader guide book, map out the required adventures for your rank. Be sure to look at any local issues that may impact the adventures you select, such as weather and school holidays. After you map out the required adventures, map out the elective adventures that your boys would like to complete. Bring these with you to the pack’s annual planning meeting.
Several of the required adventures have a requirement that suggests or requires completion at a pack meeting, but den-level planning should be a part of pack program planning as well. With an expanded set of elective adventures for boys to explore, den leaders may wish to consult with the boys in the den to see what they would like to accomplish. Pack leaders should work with the den leaders to plan when these activities will take place.
Completing these tasks – planning, preparation, and training – will help your pack with recruitment this fall. New parents will see a well-planned program in place, trained leaders to help deliver the program, and will want their boys to be a part of that program. A well-planned pack and den-level program also will encourage new parents to lend a hand during their first year, helping to develop them into future den or pack leaders.
This informational article is reprinted from the Advancement News, July-August, 2015,
CUB SCOUT ADVANCEMENT
Got your attention that the Cub Scout program is changing?
You'll Learn... You'll Earn... You'll Love It!
Check Out New Science & Craft Kits Today.
Attention Cub Scouts: Take Us to Your Leaders! We're the great new 2015 collection of Science Kits and Leathercraft Kits that make awesome one-den-meeting projects (and some of us can even help Cub Scouts and Webelos satisfy Adventure requirements!).
Loaded with the kind of hands-on fun Scouts love, kits include:
• Leather Kit 8-Packs - get stocked for den-meeting fun
• Leather Stamps - "brand" your projects with fun, Scouting-themed symbols
• Tin Can Robot - build your own working robot from a recycled beverage can
• Weather Station Kit - track weather changes and conduct experiments
• Secret Messages Kit - go on "missions", just like real spies
Plus, check out a new Smithsonian® Eco-Science Kit, a must-have magnifying glass, and more. Prepare for Adventure today!
Some supplies are limited and selection varies online and in-store.
UPDATED MESSAGE FROM YOUR COUNCIL TRADING POSTS
REGARDING CUB SCOUT MATERIALS (April 8, 2015)
Attention All Cub Scout Leaders and Parents!
Please be patient with me as the timeline for the Cub Scout transition has changed.
According to a rep from National, the three Trading Posts should be getting all of the new Cub Scout merchandise in by the first week in May. This means all new Cub Scout handbooks, leader handbooks, Tiger neckerchiefs/slides/belts/hats, Adventure loops, and Adventure Pins. As far as the old Academic and Sports program, I will keep those in stock until July 1st. The cubs can continue to earn them until the end of 2016, but I will only order them in the exact quantities given to me by the awards chair by the 5th of each month. Packs are expected to buy what they order. All three stores will keep a very low stock of the Webelos Activity Badges. Some units have decided to buy anticipated awards for the remainder of the year. This is fine, but packs will NOT be able to return them to the store after July 1st. If your unit has an excess of belt loops and pins, please do not hesitate to come bring them in by July 1st. I will only accept belt loops that are still in their plastic packaging and pins that are not tarnished. If your pack has any leader materials, new CS handbooks, Tiger slides, Tiger hats with tags, or unwrinkled Tiger neckerchiefs they need to be returned to one of the three stores no later than April 27th. I will not accept them any later.
Please pass this message along to the parents in your pack. If you are interested, please check out the links below to get a glimpse of the new Cub Scout Program.
Thank you for your patience in this transition,