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  • Cub Scout Connections:

    Finding Common Themes in the New Cub Scout Adventure Program

    A Resource for Program Planning By Dr. Nisha Zoeller

    Last Update: 10/28/14

    Character Development

    Participatory Citizenship

    Personal Fitness

    Outdoor Skills & Awareness

    Leadership

  • Cub Scout Connections:

    Finding Common Themes in the New Cub Scout Adventure Program

    Purpose

    Change isnt easy. Since the 1930s, the Cub Scout Program has undergone several transformations to ensure that the program remains relevant to todays boys. The New Cub Scout Adventure Program realigns the program to the mission and vision of the Boys Scouts of America while maintaining a fun, exciting family- and faith-oriented outdoor program to instill leadership and core values in our boys.

    The new Adventures integrate rank advancement and electives with portions of the current Academics & Sports Program and with entirely new programming. Unlike current offerings, the new Adventures are entirely rank-specific; veteran leaders may be concerned about how to continue pack-level and multi-age programming that allows boys of all ages to interact and learn together.

    The purpose of this guide is to show the connections and common themes among Adventures across ranks to encourage the continuation of pack-level and multi-age programming as well as assist in the planning of events such as camping/outdoor programs and belt loop events.

    Please be aware that this is not an official BSA publication. The categories of adventures are not ones developed by the BSA. Some adventures appear in more than one category.

    The BSA has organized the new program around 5 principles. In this guide, each Adventure has been associated with at least one organizing principle according to the definitions below. (These associations are also not official, so feel free to disagree!)

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  • Table of Contents

    Thematic Category Pages Aquatics 4-5 Camping 6-7

    Character/Citizenship 8-12 Cooking & Nutrition 13-14

    Faith 15-16 Games 17-19

    Health, Safety, & First Aid 20-21 Hiking 22-23

    Home & Family 24-27 Plants & Wildlife 28-30 Scouting Skills 31-33

    Sports & Physical Fitness 34-35 STEM 36-40

    Visual & Performing Arts 41-43 Miscellaneous Fun! 44

    Examples for Finding Connections 45-47

    Reminder: All of the new adventures are rank-specific. The adventure loops are color coded for your convenience as follows:

    Rank Color/Shape Multi-color (Required) Monochrome (Elective)*

    Tiger Orange

    Wolf Red

    Bear Blue

    Webelos Green Diamond

    AOL Brown Arrow

    *Electives are shared for the Webelos/AOL years and are oval pins

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  • Aquatics

    Adventure/Organizing Principles

    Requirements

    Floats & Boats

    Character Development Leadership

    Outdoor Skills & Awareness Participatory Citizenship

    Tiger Elective Adventure: Floats and Boats 1. Identify five different types of boats. 2. Build a boat from recycled materials, and float it on the water. 3. With your den, say the SCOUT water safety chant. 4. Play the buddy game with your den. 5. Show that you can put on and fasten a life jacket the correct way. 6. Show how to safely help someone who needs assistance in the water,

    without having to enter the water yourself. 7. Show how to enter the water safely, blow your breath out under the

    water, and do a prone glide.

    Spirit of the Water

    Character Development Leadership

    Outdoor Skills & Awareness Participatory Citizenship

    Personal Fitness

    Wolf Elective Adventure: Spirit of the Water 1. Demonstrate how the water in your community can become polluted. 2. Explain one way that you can help conserve water in your home. 3. Explain to your den leader why swimming is good exercise. 4. Explain the safety rules that you need to follow before participating in

    swimming or boating. 5. Show how to do a reaching rescue. 6. Visit a local pool or public swimming area with your family or Wolf

    den. With qualified supervision, jump into water that is at least chest-high, and swim 25 feet or more.

    Salmon Run

    Character Development Leadership

    Outdoor Skills & Awareness Participatory Citizenship

    Personal Fitness

    Bear Elective Adventure: Salmon Run 1. Explain the safety rules that you need to follow before participating in

    boating. 2. Identify the equipment needed when going boating. 3. Demonstrate correct rowing or paddling form. Explain how rowing and

    canoeing are good exercise. 4. Explain the importance of response personnel or lifeguards in a

    swimming area. 5. Show how to do both a reach rescue and a throw rescue. 6. Visit a local pool or swimming area with your den or family, and go

    swimming. 7. Demonstrate the front crawl swim stroke to your den or family. 8. Name the three swimming ability groups for the Boy Scouts of

    America. 9. Attempt the BSA beginner swimmer classification.

    Aquanaut

    Character Development

    Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure: Aquanaut Complete 15 and any two from 610.

    1. State the safety precautions you need to take before doing any water activity.

    2. Recognize the purpose and the three classifications of swimming ability groups in Scouting.

    3. Discuss the importance of learning the skills you need to know before going boating.

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  • Leadership Outdoor Skills & Awareness

    Participatory Citizenship Personal Fitness

    4. Explain the meaning of order of rescue and demonstrate the reach and throw rescue techniques from land.

    5. Attempt the BSA swimmer test. 6. Demonstrate the precautions you must take before attempting to dive

    head first into the water, and attempt a front surface dive.

    7. Learn and demonstrate two of the following strokes: crawl, sidestroke, breaststroke, or trudgen.

    8. Invite a member or former member of a lifeguard team, rescue squad, the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, or other armed forces branch who has had swimming and rescue training to your den meeting. Find out what training and other experiences this person has had.

    9. Demonstrate how to correctly fasten a life jacket that is the right size for you. Jump into water over your head. Show how the life jacket keeps your head above water by swimming 25 feet. Get out of the water, remove the life jacket and hang it where it will dry.

    10. If you are a qualified swimmer, select a paddle of the proper size and paddle a canoe with an adults supervision.

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  • Camping

    Adventure/Organizing Principles

    Requirements

    Call of the Wild

    Character Development Leadership

    Outdoor Skills & Awareness Participatory Citizenship

    Wolf Required Adventure: Call of the Wild 1. While a Wolf Scout, attend a pack or family campout. If your

    chartered organization does not permit Cub Scout camping, you may substitute a family campout or a daylong outdoor activity with your den or pack.

    2. Show how to tie an overhand knot and a square knot. 3. While on a den or family outing, identify four different types of

    animals. Explain how you identified them. 4. With your family or den, make a list of possible weather changes that

    might happen on your campout according to the time of year you are camping. Tell how you will be prepared for each one.

    5. Show that you are ready to be a Wolf Scout by demonstrating what to do for the following:

    a. A stranger approaches you, your family, or your belongings. b. A natural disaster such as an earthquake or flood happens. c. Before eating, you wash your hands properly to keep

    yourself safe. 6. On the campout, participate with your family or den in a campfire

    show. Prepare a skit or song, and then present it at the campfire for everyone else.

    7. Do the following: a. Recite the Outdoor Code with your leader. b. Recite the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids with your

    leader. Talk about how these principles support the Outdoor Code.

    c. After your campout, list the ways you demonstrated being careful with fire.

    Bear Necessities

    Character Development

    Leadership Outdoor Skills & Awareness

    Personal Fitness

    Bear Required Adventure: Bear Necessities 1. While working on your Bear badge, camp overnight with your pack. If

    your chartered organization does not permit Cub Scout camping, you may substitute a family campout or a daylong outdoor activity with your den or pack.

    2. Attend a campfire show, and participate by performing a song or skit with your den.

    3. Make a list of items you should take along on your campout. 4. Make a list of equipment that the group should bring along in addition

    to each Scouts personal gear. 5. With your den, plan a cooked lunch or dinner that is nutritious and

    balanced. Make a shopping list, and help shop for the food. On a campout or at another outdoor event, help cook the meal and help clean up afterward.

    6. Help your leader or another adult cook a different meal from the one you helped prepare for requirement 5. Cook this meal outdoors.

    7. Help set up a tent. Pick a good spot for the tent, and explain to your den leader why you picked it.

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  • 8. Demonstrate how to tie two half hitches. Explain what the name means and what the hitch is used for.

    9. Learn how to read a thermometer and a barometer. Keep track of the temperature and barometric pressure readings and the actual weather at the sa