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  • 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,,

  • Three Steps in Cub Scout AdvancementPreparation Qualification Recognition Guide to Advancement,

  • 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 ,

  • 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,

  • 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, &

  • 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,

  • Who ApprovesCub Scout Advancement?Guide to Advancement,, 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,

  • 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,

  • 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 [email protected] to Advancement,

  • 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 protected]: 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 [email protected], 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 Advancement we refer to it as experiential learning. This is the case from the time a member joins and moves through Cub Scouting, and then even beyond, through Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing or Sea Scouts. In Cub Scouting, Do Your Best is the standard for successful advancement. For example, if a requirement says, Build a birdhouse, then we expect the boy to put his heart into it and do the best he can. We accept whatever he comes up withas long as were comfortable hes done his best. Contributing to the aims and mission of Scouting is more important than having a perfect birdhouse.Scouting skillswhat a young person learns to doare important, but not as important as the primary goal of personal growth achieved through participating in a unit program. It is this growth that the aims and mission of Scouting are designed to affect. The concern is for total, well-rounded development. To achieve this we place age-appropriate, surmountable hurdles before our members. As they face these challenges, they learn about themselves, gain confidence, and grow.*Lets consider the three steps in Cub Scouting advancement.

    Preparation refers to the time spent learning new skillswhether in den meetings, pack meetings, or other activities, or in family settings.

    Qualification refers to Akelas approval that a Cub Scout has completed the requirements to the best of his abilitythat he is now qualified to advance.

    Akela (ah-KAY-la) is a title of respect used in Cub Scouting. It suggests that any good leader is Akela, and thus, also a leader and guide for Cub Scouts on the advancement trail. Later in the session well talk more about who, specifically, plays the role of Akela when it comes to actually signing off advancement requirements.

    Recognition occurs during den and pack ceremonies when a Cub Scout is recognized for his accomplishments and presented his awards. This should be done as soon as possible. Remember, its okand often bestto recognize the boy at a den meeting, and then to do it again at a pack meeting or other activity.Whos responsible for these three steps? Is it just one person? Several? [If there is time, let this lead to some discussion, and then go on to the next slide.]Lets take a look at the different roles and responsibilities that go into delivering the advancement method.*Delivering a good Cub Scout program requires teamwork. Lots of people are involved: den leaders, Cubmasters, the pack committee, and the parents, and they all have specific roles to play in promoting an engaging advancement program.

    The next few slides will cover the detail of how they work together to maximize the number of boys who advance. The result will be more fun, more personal growth, and more time spent in Cub Scouting.

    *Parents, guardians, and Tiger adult partners also have an important role in advancement.

    Cub Scouts will often have activities related to advancement to complete at home. These may be projects that were started at a den meeting and not finished, or projects designed to strengthen family relationships. Family members should help Cub Scouts to complete these assignments in a timely manner as requested by the den leader, and then report that completion to the den leader as requested.

    Adult family members are also expected to support den and pack activities that lead to advancement. This might include short-term tasks such as teaching specific skills or organizing a pack campout.

    A parents support goes a long way in a youths progress along the advancement trail. Encourage family members to ask their Cub Scout to tell them about what he has accomplished at den meetings and praise him for his efforts.*[Note to presenter: The release of a new tool for the electronic reporting of advancement will be announced in Advancement News and through the National Advancement Committees Twitter account. Presenters can also look for the new tool in my.scouting. Once it is live, its functionality can be discussed with this slide. Eventually the new tool will replace Internet Advancement, but it is likely that Internet Advancement will also be available during a transition time.]

    It is the responsibility of the pack committee and the advancement coordinator to make sure advancement is reported through BSAs Internet portal for reporting advancement. This has been called, Internet Advancement.

    [Mention the new electronic advancement reporting tool here. If it has not been released then let participants know that it will do everything that Internet Advancement does, and much moreincluding tracking individual requirements for the new Cub Scout adventures. If it HAS been released, go to www.scouting.org/advancement and find the Advancement News archives. You will be able to search there for the article announcing the release. It will give you what you need.]Reporting advancement electronically will ensure the Cub Scouts receive proper credit, and that the pack is acknowledged through the Journey to Excellence program for facilitating advancement. The Journey to Excellence is the roadmap to a successful pack program, designed to encourage and reward success. It is meant to promote excellence in quality programming at all levels of the BSA.It is important to understand that for advancement to be counted for JTE purposes, it must be reported within the calendar year that ranks were earned.2015 is a year of change in Cub Scouting. The update is designed to ensure that the program remains relevant and engaging for todays youth and parents, and that boys are having fun.As of of June 1, the new handbooks and new rank requirements are in effect.

    There is an option, however, for second year Webelos Scouts. Well cover this a little later, and you can also find out how all this works at www.scouting.org/programupdates.*The Cub Scout program is centered primarily in the den, home, and neighborhood, and in the outdoors. It leads to advancement through six ranks, which is essentially the same structure weve used for decades.

    Bobcat continues to focus on the fundamentals of Cub Scouting and is the first badge of rank earned, no matter what age a boy joins. The subsequent ranks are grade- or age-based. Tiger first grade or 6 years oldWolf second grade or 7 Bear third grade or 8Webelos fourth grade or 9Arrow of Light fifth grade or10

    Because requirements for each of these ranks are age-appropriate, boys do not go back and work on earlier ranks that they may have missed due to their age when joining.Earning the Webelos badge is no longer a prerequisite for the Arrow of Light rank. A Cub Scout joining as a fifth grader goes directly into the Arrow of Light den, earns Bobcat, and then the Arrow of Light rank.A new term has been introduced in Cub Scouting! Achievements are no more. An adventure, instead, is a themed set of requirements and activities around which den meetings are based. And youll be pleased to know that theyre more, well, adventurous!Do Your Best continues to be the standard. Even Cub Scouts of the same age may learn skills at different rates. This is why performance is centered on this motto. When a boy has done his very best, then regardless of the requirements for any rank or award, it is enough; his accomplishment is noted. This is why den leaders, assistants, and parents or guardians, are involved in signing off requirements. Generally they know if the effort put forth is really the Cub Scouts best.*Another update youll see is that Tiger Cub becomes Tiger. Removing the word cub

    In focus groups and other testing, both parentsand more importantly Tiger-age boys themselvestold us that the word cub and the current image makes them feel juvenile. None of the other ranks have the word cuband the image of the tiger cub, they said, reminds them of the Lion King.

    No boy that age wants to feel youngthey desperately want to be like their cool older siblings.

    So an updated image was in order. And now, as you can see, it is much more in line with the images used in the other ranks.

    **For Tiger, Wolf, and Bear ranks, six adventures are required and the seventh is chosen from electives specific to the given rank. Required and elective adventures may be undertaken at the same time. The adventures are creative and much more active than requirements have been in the past. Imagine running with the pack; fur, feathers, and ferns; and a backyard jungle! For Webelos, five adventures are required and two are electives. For Arrow of Light, four are required and three are elective. One pool of elective adventures are shared for Webelos and Arrow of Light ranks.[If you are presenting to a large group, this slide will be difficult for the audience to see. In that case, you might want to give a few more examples of the adventure names under each rank.]

    Each adventure isdesigned to take roughly threeden meetings to complete, oneof which may be an outing.These could be anything from attending a sportingevent or taking a hike,to visiting a museum or going ona campout. At the conclusion ofeach adventure a recognitiondevice is awarded.

    Once a Cub Scout has fulfilled therequired adventures plus the requisite number of elective adventures, hehas completed his badge of rank, which should be presented to him at the next pack meeting.

    The recognition device for completing an adventure is a belt loop or pin depending on the program year. For Tiger, Wolf, and Bear, its belt loops. The border color for the loop is the same as the background of the rank badge, and they fit on the official Cub Scout belt.For Webelos and Arrow of Light ranks the recognitions are pins. For required adventures the pins are diamond-shaped for Webelos and arrowhead-shaped for Arrow of Light. Elective pins are oval. Adventure pins are attached to the Webelos colorsa ribbon-like device worn on the right sleeve of the uniform shirtor on the front of the Webelos cap.Completion of adventures should be acknowledged as soon as the boys finish all the requirements. This immediate recognition can be as simple as announcing a boys name at the den meeting and applauding his achievement.Formal recognition should take place at the next pack meeting where boys actually receive the adventure awardsalong with any badges of rank and any other awards that have been completed.*(Note to presenter: You may choose to skip this slide if it is not relevant to those in attendance.)

    Now that you have a basic understanding of how adventures work, we can cover the transition options for Cub Scouts who finished the Webelos rank as of May 31. These boys are then moving on to their second Webelos year, where work begins on the Arrow of Light rank.These Webelos Scouts have two choices available during the 2015-2016 program year. They may earn the Arrow of Light using the same handbook they used during the 2014-2015 program year, or they may switch to the new handbook. After May 31, 2016 all Webelos Scouts must work from the new Cub Scouting program.

    If Scouts choose option 1, they may still complete the new adventures and earn pinsthe work just wont count toward Arrow of Light rank.If they switch to the new Webelos book, they must complete the four required adventures for Arrow of Light that are found in the new handbook, but they have some choices for fulfilling the requirement for the three elective adventures.To make up the three elective adventures, they can use any of the 18 new elective adventures available for Arrow of Light, or They may substitute activity badges that they didnt use to fulfill their Webelos rank requirements, or any of the four new adventures required for Webelos rank under the new program.

    And while were talking about the Arrow of Light; since its Cub Scoutings final rank, much of the focus is on practicing skills that prepare the Cubs to become Boy Scouts. Once the Arrow of Light is completed, itlike all other badges of rankshould be presented during an impressive ceremony at the next pack meeting.

    *A key responsibility for den leaders is to conduct the den meeting plans as outlined in the four den leader guideswhich will assure completion of ranks for all Cub Scouts. But who is actually responsible for signing off completion of those requirements in the handbooks?

    For Tiger, Wolf, and Bear ranks, if an activity is completed outside the den meetingat home, camp, or a district event, for examplethe parent, adult partner, or another trusted adult should sign in the boys handbook, indicating the Cub Scout has done his best to complete the requirement. The den leader then approves that requirement after consultation with the family or the boy to confirm completion.

    If the requirement is completed in a den meeting, the den leader signs in both places. Den leaders may, however, ask an assistant or parent who helps at meetings to play the role of Akela and assist with the approvals.

    For Webelos and Arrow of Light ranks,the den leader signs for approval of all requirements, unless otherwise delegated by the den leader.*When a boy completes an adventure or rank, how long should he wait until he receives his recognition? Should he wait until the Blue & Gold Banquet or until all den members have finished?When a boy completes advancement requirements, he should be congratulated right away in a den meeting, and then receive his recognition at the next pack meeting. Advancement is an individual process, not dependent on the work or progress of others. Awards should not be withheld for group recognition. Likewise, a boy should not be presented with recognition he has not earned simply so that he will not feel left out.If a boy joins Cub Scouts for the first time at the beginning of third grade, may he work on the Wolf badge before earning the Bear badge?No. A boy entering Cub Scouts as a third grader would earn Bobcat first, of course, and he would be working on his Bear rank. He would not go back and work on Wolf. That rank is designed for second graders. Can a boy work on elective adventures before he earns his badge of rank?Yes. He can work on elective adventures for his specific rank only, and earn as many of those available as he wantswhile at the same time working on the required adventures. It works much like merit badges in Boy Scouts. Once he has the requisite number of required and elective adventures and receives his rank, he may already have a number of additional elective belt loops or pins to his credit. He is presented recognition for elective adventures at the next pack meeting after completion. It is not necessary to earn the badge of rank first.If a boy has not completed his rank when his den graduates to the next level at the end of the school year, is he allowed to finish before the next year starts?If a boy is close to earning a badge of rank when the school year ends, he may be allowed a few extra weeks to finish. Earning the badge will give him added incentive when he finally does tackle the next rank. This hold true only for the Cub Scouting ranks. A boy who has graduated to Boy Scouts and joined a troop does not work on Cub Scout advancement.What about a boy who must repeat a grade in school? Does he also repeat the rank in Cub Scouting?This should be decided based on what is best for the boy. Generally, repeating a grade does not mean being kept back in Cub Scouting, but it depends on the circumstances. The decision is up to the parent or guardian.*Cub Scout day camp and resident camp should not exist for the sake of advancement, right? Advancement should take place, of course, but it should more or less happen as Cub Scouts participate in an exciting program.Council and district advancement committees should be active participants in the planning process for camping and outdoor programs, or at least provide consulting on advancement policies and procedures. In doing so, one of the points they may need to get across is that skill mastery, though it may be an incidental side benefit, is not an objective of the Cub Scout program. Camp activities are simply fun things to do that help develop character, citizenship, and personal fitness. Do your best, not mastery, is the performance standard.

    Camp programs and activities should also take care not to detract from den and family responsibilities related to advancement. It is best to let the leaders and parents accompanying the boys fulfill their given roles.*Advancement is so flexible that, with guidance, most Cub Scouts with disabilities can complete requirements. The standard is, Has he done his best? It may take him longer to attempt requirements and demonstrate this, but his accomplishments will be rewarding to him, his parents, and his leaders.There could be times, however, when a Cub Scouts best isnt enough even to get a start. For example, a boy in a wheelchair cannot pass requirements calling for walking or running. In these cases, parents or guardians may recommend, and Cubmasters and pack committees may jointly determine appropriate substitutions that are consistent with the Cub Scout showing he can do his best. For example, elective requirements could take the place of those required. Or in consultation with parents, other minor adjustments representing similar challenges could be made.

    For help in providing program to youth with special needs, many councils have a disabilities awareness committee or a special needs committee. Check with your district executive or council service center. If no such committee exists in your council, you may contact [email protected] with questions.

    It may also be helpful to become a subscriber to Abilities Digest, published by the National Disabilities Awareness Committee. The email address is on the screen.*Advancement is about education and personal growth. Experiential learning is the key and should result in rank advancement as the reward for successful accomplishment.Do Your Best encourages boys to earn ranks and gives them added incentive to continue in Cub Scouting and tackle the next rank. They arent held back because theyre on different development timetables.As boys grow we know we are on the right track when we see youth accepting responsibilities, demonstrating self-reliance, and caring for themselves and othersin other words, achieving the aims of Scouting: development in character, citizenship, and physical and mental fitness.*The KEY is for boys to have FUN and always do their best.The same goes for us.*Thank you for attending. You can find other helpful presentations on the Web page on the screen. Just click on Advancement Educational Presentations.And, again, we encourage you to subscribe to Advancement News, and to follow us on Twitter for even quicker updates. To get Advancement News, send a message to [email protected] To receive our tweets, go to twitter.com and search for @AdvBSA.So now that weve talked about the updates that are comingand some of the resources that will be availablelets talk about timing.

    The current programas it currently standsis active until May 31, 2015. Please continue to support the great experiences happening now under the current program. We dont want to lose sight of that.

    The updated program kicks off June 1. It begins as the Scouting year cycles back to its Fall beginning.

    Print materials (youth handbooks and den leader guides) will be available in Scout Shops no later than May 1in both English & Spanish.

    They will be available in printed form, as well as ePubs through Amazon and Kindle.

    **So at this point, lets do a quick recap of what is changingand what isnt changing

    [Talk through list]