Cub Scout Advancement:Delivering Adventure Requirement Adventure
National Advancement Committee
Guide to AdvancementNo council, committee, district, unit, or individual has the authority to add to, or subtract from, advancement requirements
Advancement isA method Not an end in itself Based on experiential learning Designed to educate or expand horizons Do Your Best A means for personal growthAge-appropriate hurdles that allow Scouts to learn and gain confidence Guide to Advancement, 22.214.171.124-3, 126.96.36.199
Three Steps in Cub Scout AdvancementPreparation Qualification Recognition Guide to Advancement, 188.8.131.52
Who Delivers the Cub Scout Program?Parents and adults Pack CommitteeDen LeadersCub Master
Role of Parents
Unit Advancement Responsibilities: Reporting *Use BSAs Internet portal to report advancement.The new electronic reporting tool at my.scouting.org will be more dynamic.All advancement for a calendar year must be recorded during that year to count for Journey to Excellence.Guide to Advancement , 184.108.40.206
Cub Scout Program Updateswww.scouting.org/programupdates Effective June 1, 2015
Structure of AdvancementBobcat badge is still firstEach other rank: seven adventures requiredElective adventures available to fill out each program yearDo Your Best!Guide to Advancement, 220.127.116.11-18.104.22.168
Tiger Cub becomes Tiger
Cub Scout Required Adventures*
TIGERWOLFBEARWEBELOSARROW OF LIGHTBackyard JungleCall of the WildBear ClawsCast Iron ChefBuilding a Better WorldGames Tigers PlayCouncil FireBear Necessities First Responder Camper Team TigerHowling at the Moon Fur, Feathers and FernsStronger FasterHigher Scouting Adventures Tiger Bites Paws on the PathGrin and Bear It Webelos Walk About Duty to God in ActionTiger in the WildRunning with the Pack Paws for ActionDuty to God and YouElective AdventureMy Familys Duty to GodDuty to God FootstepsFellowship & Duty to GodElective AdventureElective AdventureElective AdventureElective AdventureElective AdventureElective AdventureElective Adventure
Recognition:Adventure Loops & PinsAdventure belt loops Tiger, Wolf, & Bear
Adventure pins Webelos & Arrow of LightGuide to Advancement, 22.214.171.124 & 126.96.36.199
Webelos to Arrow of Light Den TransitionFor 2015-2016 Program Year Only For boys who earn Webelos rank by May 31, 2015:
Option 1:Continue using 2014-2015 requirementsOption 2:Use new Arrow of Light requirements. The following may be substituted for the three electives adventures: Activity badges that were not counted toward Webelos rankNew adventures required for the Webelos rankGuide to Advancement, 188.8.131.52
Who ApprovesCub Scout Advancement?Guide to Advancement, 184.108.40.206Tiger, Wolf, and Bear ranks:Akela signs handbook upon completionDen leader then signs to approve
Webelos and Arrow of Light ranks:Den leader approves unless otherwise delegated
FAQs: Cub Scout AdvancementTimely recognition Age-appropriate ranksWorking on electivesTime extensionsBoys held back in schoolGuide to Advancement, 220.127.116.11
Advancement in CampCamp programs should support advancement, but not focus on it.Advancement should occur naturally as a product of the camp experience.Guide to Advancement, 18.104.22.168
Cub Scouts with DisabilitiesDo your best is still the standard.If activities are beyond the abilities of the youth, the Cubmaster and pack committee may determine appropriate substitutions.Subscribe to Abilities Digest by sending a SUBSCRIBE message to firstname.lastname@example.orgGuide to Advancement, 10.2.1.0
In Summary, AdvancementEncourages Cub Scouts to do their best while learning new skills and exploring new subject areasProvides a tangible reward for hard workHelps build confidenceFacilitates a Cub Scouts personal growthProvides a method to fulfill the mission and aims of Scouting
The key is for boys to have FUN and always do their best!Meet Ethan
*ResourcesGuide to Advancement, No. 33088Cub Scout Leader BookDen leader guide for each rankPack meeting guide online onlyAdvancement News: email@example.comTwitter: www.twitter.com @AdvBSA
For More InformationOther advancement presentations are available at:www.scouting.org/advancement
Transition ConsiderationsBoys seeking Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos ranks beginning June 1, 2015: Use new program
Boys joining Cub Scouts after May 31, 2015, may earn Arrow of Light rank using new requirementsno requirement to earn Webelos rank first
LDS (The Church of Jesus Chris of Latter-Day Saints) transition considerationsDetails: See Transition guidelines on www.scouting.org/programupdates
Joining Cub Scouts in Fifth GradeShall utilize the new program requirements and handbookMay substitute any of the new programs Webelosrequired adventures for the three required Arrow of Light electives
Boys joining Cub Scouts after May 31, 2015, and meeting the qualifications to join an Arrow of Light den
Program TransitionCurrent program active until May 31, 2015All advancement until that date will use the current materialsUpdated program active on June 1, 2015Handbooks/Den Leader Guides in Scout Shops May 1, 2015
Summary of ChangesNOT ChangingFamily focusAges (or genders)Bobcat still first rank earned Ranks or approachDen/pack meeting structuresOutdoor program emphasisDelivery model
CHANGINGMovement to Scout Oath & LawTiger Cub becomes Tiger (new image)Arrow of Light no longer requires earning WebelosMore activeMore aligned with Aims/MissionSimplified AdvancementAcademics and Sports program retired, but many woven into new adventures Current immediate/elective recognition devices replaced with belt loopsOne Den Leader Guide per rank
Begin with a simple opening ceremony such as the Pledge of Allegiance and perhaps reciting the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Then welcome everyone and thank them for attending. They could be doing something else with their time, but they chose to be at this presentation.
Challenge participants to ask questions and encourage them to join in the discussions.
This presentation provides new and prospective pack advancement coordinators with the basic knowledge and skills needed to get started, and can serve as a refresher to others. Participants will learn about the Cub Scouting advancement process, related BSA national policies and procedures, and gain a better understanding of how to improve the quality and rate of advancement. The session takes approximately 45 to 60 minutes depending on the experience of those attending.
Like all the educational experiences produced by the National Advancement Committee and its Webinars and Education Task Force, this session has an expiration date, after which it is not to be used. Upon that date a replacement session will be available at the URL shown on the first slide.
We encourage presenters to have at least one copy of the following publications on hand: Guide to Advancement, No. 33088Tiger Handbook, No. 34713Wolf Handbook, No. 33450Bear Handbook, No. 33451Webelos Handbook, No. 33452Tiger Den Leader Guide, No. 37002Wolf Den Leader Guide, No. 37004Bear Den Leader Guide, No. 37001Webelos Den Leader Guide, No. 37003Cub Scout Leader Book, No. 33221Advancement Newsany recent issueLocal council newsletterrecent issueHandout with key council and district contact information Most of the literature above is for the 2015-2016 program year. Depending on when this session is presented it may also be a good idea to have material representing the 2014-2015 year. A flip chart or white-board, and pens may also come in handy.
The National Advancement Committee welcomes feedback through firstname.lastname@example.org, but would ask that questions and concerns first be shared with volunteer or professional advancement administrators at the local district and council.*The primary source that we will be using for today's presentation is the current edition of Guide to Advancement.
(To presenter: Hold up GTA and explain its numbering system. Note that the 2015 edition of the Guide is scheduled to release in April. It will be posted first as a PDF at www.scouting.org/advancement. The 2013 edition is current until then.)
The Guide to Advancement is the official source for administering advancement in all Boy Scouts of America programs: Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Venturing, and Sea Scouts.
Additional information and best practices appear in other official BSA resources such as Advancement News, the National Advancement Committees Twitter feed, and the advancement educational presentations released by the National Advancement Committee. All of these can be found at www.scouting.org/advancement.
Be aware that statements or interpretations offered from unofficial websites and other such sources may be out of date or incorrect. No council, committee, district, unit, or individual has the authority to add to, or subtract from advancement requirements.*Advancement is simply a means to an end, not an end in itself. It is one of several methods designed to help pack leaders carry out our aims and mission. The other methods of Cub Scouting include living the ideals, belonging to a den, involving family and home, participating in activities, serving home and neighborhood, wearing the uniform, and making character connections.Everything done to earn rank advancementand also other awards and recognitionis designed to educate or to otherwise expand horizons; while at the same time encouraging the natural interests of a boy. Young people learn by doing. In the Guide to