Complete plans for den and
paCk meetings inCluding:
games, outdoor aCtivities,
songs, and Crafts
2 0 0 8 - 2 0 0 9
2008–09 Tiger Cub and
Cub Scout Advancement Plan
While much of advancement in Cub Scouting is intended to be accomplished within the family, many requirements
may be met by attending organized den meetings. Den meetings outlined in Cub Scout Program Helps include several
advancement requirements each month.
Completion of den meeting activities along with home assignments will insure that each boy receives his next badge
of rank at the blue and gold banquet in February. Below you will find a list of recommended activities for each program
level that den leaders can assign to be completed at home each month.
Some things to remember:
Family involvement is an important purpose of Cub Scouting, and it includes the family being involved in the •
advancement process. For those requirements completed in the den, the Cub Scout should share his accomplish-
ments with his parent or guardian, who in turn signs the boy’s handbook.
Advancement is a method of Cub Scouting, not a purpose. Boys learn and grow through a variety of activities. •
Den leaders should be flexible with den meeting plans as they learn what works for their particular den of boys.
Special note for Bear Cub Scouts: As Bear Cub Scouts choose a combination of 12 achievements from the 24 available,
many different combinations of achievements will bring the Cub Scout to his rank advancement. Cub Scout Program
Helps provides only one pathway to that end. Allow boys the flexibility to choose their own interests.
at Den Meeting
Achievements To Be
Completed at Home
at Den Meeting
Bobcat 1, 4, 6
Bobcat 2, 3, 5, 7, 8
October 1D, 1G 5F 2, 21
November 2G, 5D 3F 10 or 11, 12, 25, 32
December 3D, 5G 2F 1, 2, 10 or 12
January 3G, 4D 4F 3, 19
Wolf Cub Scout
Bobcat 1, 4, 7
2a, 2c, 4a, 12d
Bobcat 2, 3, 5, 6, 8
1a, 11a, 23d
October 1a, 1b, 2b 7a-f, 9a-e 6c, 11c (partial)
November 1c, 1d, 1e,1g, 2a, 3a 3b-c, 6a-c, 12a-k 11d, 11f
December 2a, 8a, 8d, 11b 11a-d, 8b-e
January 2b, 10b 5a-e, 10a-e 1b
Bear Cub Scout—God (1 or 2); Country (3, 4, 6); Family (8, 9, 10, 11); Self (15, 17, 18, 24)
3f, 7a, 9e, 11c, 16b,
23b (partial), 23c (partial)
1 or 2, 9f or 9g,
17a, d, e, f
October 4a, 4c, 8a, 8c, 11g 4b, 8g, 18a, b, f, g, h
November 3f, 5a, 6b, 6g or 7b, 24f 3a, b, j, 24d, e
December 3f, 9a, 9d,15b 6e, 10a 9a
January 10b, 13f, 15b, 15c 11a, b, d, e, 13f
Cub Scout Program Helps for 2008–2009 has been assembled and created by volunteers who have many
years of experience working with dens and packs. Use these program suggestions as a resource and
guide to help you plan the best possible program for your Cub Scouts.
Using Cub Scout Program Helps
Den and Pack Meeting Hints
Program Planning Insert (pullout section in the center of the booklet)
Pack Program Planning Chart
Cub Scout Monthly Themes for 2009–2010
Cub Scout Literature and Resources
Cub Scout Program Partners
September 2008� —New Buddies
October 2008�—Adventures in Books
November 2008�—Seeds of Kindness
December 2008�—Holiday Lights
January 2009�—“A-Maze-Ing” Games
February 2009�—American ABCs
March 2009�—When I Grow Up
April 2009�—Jurassic Pack
May 2009�—Leave Nothing But Footprints
June 2009�—A-Camping We Will Go
July 2009�—Be a Sport
August 2009�—Fun in the Sun
BSA Supply Division Theme Support Materials
P R O G R A M H E L P S
Your Guide to a Successful Den and Pack Program
2 0 0 8 – 2 0 0 9
Do you have an idea that you would like to share with other Cub Scouters? Perhaps your Cub Scout den has writ-
ten an original skit or song. Maybe your pack committee planned a memory-making advancement ceremony. Would
you like to share a Cubmaster’s Minute that touched the boys in your unit? Send your ideas to the Cub Scout
Program Helps volunteer task force. Next year you might just see them in print!
Cub Scout Program Helps Task Force
Cub Scout Division, S208
Boy Scouts of America
P. O. Box 152089
Irving, TX 75015-2089
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Cub Scout Program Helps has everything a leader needs
to get started, whether planning a den meeting or a pack
meeting. For each month, you will find:
An agenda and plans for the monthly pack meeting•
Plans for monthly pack leaders’ meeting•
Four weeks of meeting plans for Tiger Cubs•
Four weeks of den meeting plans for Wolf Cub Scouts•
Four weeks of den meeting plans for Bear Cub Scouts•
These plans revolve around a recommended theme, used
by Cub Scout packs around the country. They highlight
achievements and electives that can be started and/or com-
pleted during the den meeting. Additional achievements
and electives are identified for boys to complete at home
with their families. You will also find references to Cub
Scout enrichment programs such as the Cub Scout Aca-
demics and Sports Program and BSA Family Program.
Theme-related ideas are provided each month to help the
pack meeting to be an event that all parents, Cub Scouts,
and family members will enjoy. Guidelines for creating the
program are provided to help your pack leaders’ meeting
effectively organize the monthly pack meeting. The sample
pack meeting agenda includes games, songs, cheers, and
recognition ceremonies that Cub Scouts will enjoy.
The Cubmaster Corner is featured each month to share
with Cubmasters an item or idea that is special to their
important position in the pack.
Activity plans for weekly Tiger Cub, Wolf Cub Scout,
and Bear Cub Scout den meetings are provided for each
month of the year. Notice that the activities suggested for
each of these program areas of Cub Scouting are designed
to be age appropriate. Boys will have an opportunity at the
monthly pack meeting to demonstrate the skills or per-
form an activity that they learned during the month.
Similar meeting plans and activities for Webelos Scouts
are in the Webelos Leader Guide (No. 33853).
PurPoses of Cub sCouting
The activities found in Cub Scout Program Helps are
designed to support the purposes of Cub Scouting. They
are chosen to help promote the overall aims of Scouting
to develop a boy’s character, train him in good citizenship,
and encourage him to become more fit physically, men-
tally, and morally.
The sample meeting plans encourage a fun-filled den or
pack meeting. Leaders will want to consider varying the
pace of meetings and varying the activities presented to
boys, while paying attention to the many learning oppor-
tunities that covering the purposes will provide.
Dens and packs with different schedules can adapt the
ideas in Cub Scout Program Helps to fit their situations. Pack
leaders can also change the order of the themes to fit their
needs. Packs determine when to use special events such
as pinewood derby, space derby, or raingutter regatta. The
annual planning session will also assign months for special
service projects and a uniform inspection. The order of the
themes may be modified to capitalize on event possibilities.
Keep in mind, however, that it is best when all dens in the
pack are working on the same theme. Also, each designated
monthly theme is supported by Boys’ Life and Scouting mag-
azines and at local Cub Scout leaders’ roundtable meetings.
Planning helps leaders make the best use of resources
and the themes. It allows leaders to watch for sales on craft
supplies, practice songs in advance, and have the time to
construct any projects before meetings. Planning allows
the pack committee time to prepare ceremonial props for
advancement recognition and decorations for theme-related
atmosphere, as well as for coordinating activity and game
supplies. Plans for each month’s pack leaders’ meeting will
highlight items of interest for pack committee members to
review as the pack progresses toward its quality unit status.
On behalf of countless Cub Scouts, thank you for the
time and energy you are giving to make a difference in the
life of the boys of your unit.
Throughout Cub Scout Program Helps, leaders will find
many ideas for helping them “capture the moment” and
gently give boys a glimpse of the deeper purposes within
the fun of Cub Scouting.
CubMAster And den leAder Minutes
A den or pack meeting may close with a Cubmaster’s
or Den Leader’s Minute—a one- or two-minute story that
emphasizes values, Scouting ideals, or character. It relates the
monthly theme to everyday life encounters of Cub Scout–
age boys and ends the meeting with a thought-provoking
moment or challenge.
Reflecting is a method for leaders to guide Cubs to their
own understanding of the deeper purpose of an activity.
Open-ended questions guide boys into discussing their
thoughts, feelings, and actions about an activity and its
effects. Guidelines on leading a reflecting session are found
in the Cub Scout Leader How-To Book.
Character development is a part of everything a Cub
Scout does. Character Connection discussions relate an
activity, project, or event to one of the 1