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Cub Scouting Program Change Overview. Cub Scouts TIMELINE 1930-2014. 1930s Dens boy led Joining Age 9 Bobcat, Wolf (9), Bear (10), Lion (11) Knickers I (name) promise to do my best to be square and to obey the Law of the Pack.. Cub Scouts TIMELINE 1930-2014. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Cub ScoutingProgram ChangeOverview

  • Cub Scouts TIMELINE 1930-20141930sDens boy ledJoining Age 9Bobcat, Wolf (9), Bear (10), Lion (11)KnickersI (name) promise to do my best to be square and to obey the Law of the Pack.

  • Cub Scouts TIMELINE 1930-2014Women in Scouting Den Mother

    Leadership Position Boy Scout Den Chief

  • 1940sMonthly Program Themes/Roundtable New Joining Age 8 On to Boy Scouting at 11Requirement regarding previous ranks eliminated All rank badges could be wornBlue and Gold banquetsDen Mothers must be registeredCub Scouts TIMELINE 1930-20141950sPinewood DerbyNew Promise I (name), promise to do my best to do my duty to God and my country, to be square and to obey the Law of the Pack.Webelos Den created for 10 yos who had earned the Lion rank and encourage transitioning to Boy ScoutingWebelos Day Camp program introduced.

  • 1960sCub Scouting undergoes thorough revision for greater advancement opportunitiesNew Webelos program

    Goodbye Lion rankCub Scout Day Camp

    Cub Scouts TIMELINE 1930-20141970sWoman as CubmasterArrow of Light rankNew Promise I (name), promise to do my best to do my duty to God and my country, to help other people, and to obey the Law of the Pack.Embroidered Bobcat badgeRevisions to rank requirements and electives to encourage more outdoor activity. Rocket Derby

  • Cub Scouts TIMELINE 1930-20141980sTiger CubsTiger Track Big Bear Book 24 achievement choicesWhittling Chip Webelos full 2 years more camping Separate neckerchiefs per rankCub Leader KnotsBSA Family ProgramWorld Crest1990sTiger Cubs part of the packAcademics and Sports ProgramEthics in ActionIt Happened to Me YPT videoGuide to Safe ScoutingWebelos Leader Outdoor TrainingWebelos Den Leader Guide National Den Award

  • Cub Scouts TIMELINE 1930-20142000s Pack Family Camping Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award

    Character Connections/Core ValuesTiger Cub becomes a rankTiger Cub 1st handbook, blue shirt Age appropriate guidelines for LNT and LNT award Good Turn for America

  • 2010-2014

    Adopt the Scout Oath and Law for use in the Cub Scout & Venturing program, retiring the Cub Scout Promise, Cub Scout Law of the Pack & Venturing Oath.

    The Cub Scout Adventure ProgramCub Scouts TIMELINE 1930-2014

  • One Oath and Law ApprovedCub Scout Changes

    Revise the Core Values of Cub Scouts to align with the twelve points of the Scout Law.

    Retire the Cub Scout Promise, while maintaining Duty to God and Country.

    Retire the Cub Scout Law of the Pack, while maintaining the concept of Akela as leader.

    Maintain the current Cub Scout motto, sign, salute, and handshake.

  • WhoWhyWhat & Where

  • Who & Why

  • We have changed our programs to reflect the results of a thorough program review and assessment that clearly identifies those elements that are appealing, exciting and culturally relevant to todays youth and families.The BSAs programs match what todays youth both want and need.Dynamic and Relevant Program

  • 411 Task Force StructureApproximately (75) VolunteersNationally RepresentativeNetworked to other functions and disciplineReligious Relations CommitteeAquatics Task ForceProgram ImpactHealth & SafetyOther Departments as wellGovernance thru the Program Content Support Committee to the National Board

  • 411 Task Force Charge: To ensure that Scoutings programs are exciting, culturally relevant, and appealing to todays youth; attracting them at an extraordinary rate and retaining them longer.

    Define ProgramEvaluate the advancement systemEnsure that it delivers the Mission of BSA and the Aims of ScoutingAmplify what does deliver on the mission and aims

  • Cub Scout Assessment Phase Examination Take-AwayMany advancement requirements support passive rather than active behavior.

    Leader aids are insufficient in guiding leaders on how to fulfill aims - lack tools and resources to implement aims.

    Youth handbooks lack breath and frequency of activities/learning situations that support the aims. CharacterCitizenshipPersonal Fitness

  • What

  • New Program Design

  • Cub Scout Program Design Objectives

  • Organizing Principle Design for All Cub Scout Ranks

  • Desired Outcomes for Each Area

  • New Program Development

  • Program DevelopmentDevelopment Charge: Apply the Desired Outcomes to develop an engaging program for boys that is easy for adults to implement

    Cub Adventure Development Team (developers/authors)Experienced CS leaders recruited nationally to develop new program materials

    Cub Adventure Team TasksDesign a simplified advancement system adventuresDraft adventure requirements from desired outcomesTurn-key experience for leaders

  • New Program ModelRank Advancement Thru AdventuresFor each rank, complete seven adventures, (five den based, one a family-based Duty to God adventure, and one and elective of choice) to earn rank

    Adventures = interdisciplinary, theme-based experiences, 3 den meetingsImmediate recognition after each adventure Elective adventures available; same recognition approach

  • How does rank structure differ?

    Rank# Defined Adventures# Elective Adventure(s) of ChoiceAdventure Recognition DeviceTiger61Adventure Belt LoopsWolf61Adventure Belt LoopsBear61Adventure Belt LoopsWebelos52Adventure Pins

    Arrow of Light43Adventure Pins

  • Example- Webelos Walkabout

  • Program DevelopmentRecognition Devices: Adventure belt loop for Tiger, Wolf, and Bear

    Adventure Pins for Webelos and Arrow of Light

  • *Tiger RequiredTiger Electives

  • *Wolf RequiredWolf Electives

  • *Bear RequiredBear Electives

  • *Webelos RequiredArrow of Light Required

  • *Webelos &Arrow of LightShared Electives

  • Program DevelopmentLeader MaterialsSelf-contained guides at each level for T-W-B-W/AoLSimple and easy to use

    Field TestingSummer 2013Feedback incorporated into draft materialsReport: Easy to use, fun, engaging for boys

  • Cub Scout Change SummaryNOT ChangingFamily focusRanksBobcat still first rank earned (updated)AgesDen/pack meeting structuresOutdoor programDelivery modelFun even more than before

    CHANGINGOath & LawTiger Cub becomes Tiger with new imageArrow of Light will no longer require earning WebelosActivities more active, more aligned with Aims/MissionAdvancement simplifiedAcademics & Sports program discontinued (5/15)Current immediate/elective recognition devices replacedOne Den Leader Guide per rank

  • Cub Scout Changes: Big PictureTo develop a boys character,

    Train him in good citizenship,

    And encourage him to become more fitphysically, mentally, and morally AIMS REMAIN

  • Cub Scout Changes: Big Picture1. Living the Ideals Movement to Scout Oath and Law2. Belonging to a Den3. Using Advancement Revisions to Current System4. Involving Family and Home5. Participating in Activities6. Serving Home and Neighborhood7. Wearing the Uniform8. Making Character Connections Scout LawMETHODS REMAIN

  • *Where

  • *Continue doing the fantastic your doing now with the current program!

    Review current information on the program updates page

    Review new adventures and their requirementsContinue to check the program updates page frequently

    Where now for you:

  • National Council to receive email updates as a local council ambassadorScouting Magazine articles (proposed)

    Florida National High Adventure Sea Base Week of Jan. 4th-10th

    National Annual Meeting May 2015 Atlanta

    Philmont Training Center Conferences 2015 Week 3 June 21-27 Week 6 July 12-18 Week 8 July 26-August 1 Week 9 August 2-8Where for more information:

  • Training SupportNational, Region, Area, and Council Training SupportOverview Presentations

    Cub Adventure GuidesWorking with area and region program impact chairsRoundtablesPow WowsUniversity of ScoutingsUpdates to Position-specific training Q1/Q2 2015Webinars proposed for Spring 2015

  • *Program Updates Page Look

  • *

  • *And an evencloser look

  • Youth Handbook

  • Title of AdventurePicture of Belt LoopActual CubsEthanInviting summary of adventure

  • SnapshotAction photosRequirementHelpful knowledgeCharacter Compass

  • Signature Block and end of each requirement section

  • Den Leader Guide


    Rationale for AdventureTakeaways For Cub ScoutsRequirement ListingNotes to Den Leaders

  • Clear and Complete Meeting PlanGatheringOpeningTalk TimeActivitiesExplanationStep-by-step instructionsClosingAfter the Meeting

  • All Meeting Resources follow the meeting plan

    Everything in one book!

  • Sample paperwork can be copied or paraphrased as needed

  • Transitioning to theJune 1, 2015 changes*

  • Cub Scout Program TransitionTiger, Wolf, Bear, WebelosConvert to new program June 1, 2015*

  • Cub Scout Program TransitionArrow of Light Candidate Options 2015/2016 school year:

    Convert to new program June 1, 2015


    Continue using current program for AOL rank award for this one year of transitioning 6/1/2015 to 6/1/2016.


  • Cub Scout Program TransitionArrow of Light Candidate Options:Convert to new program June 1, 2015 May use electives earned in the current program not used towards receiving their Webelos badge to count them towards electives needed for AOL rank in new program.

    EXAMPLE:2014/2015 Webelos Rank earned: Completed the following activity badges:Fitness, Citizen, Family Member, Forester, Naturalist, Sportsman, Traveler, Scientist, Artist


  • Cub Scout Program TransitionNewly Registered Arrow of Light Candidate 2015 Options:

    Newly registered AOL Candidates can use electives from Webelos required adventures as electives towards their AOL.


  • Cub Scout Program Transition

    LDS transition plan available online at program updates.Boys birthdates used for ranks vs. school yearReview what has been completed, count it and move into adventuresIf nearing completion of rank in current program, encourage them to finishDo what is best for the boy

    All Transition Details: See 2015 Cub Scout Transition Guidelines on


  • *Some more information you might like know.

  • Todays StatusMaterials

    HandbooksPublishing company currently finalizing edits2 handbooks Spanish translationFinal Manuscript read in OctoberOn schedule for printing and release May 2015.

    Den Leader GuidesPublishing company currently editing

  • Todays National Camp School Status

    National schools for Camp Directors and Program Directors of Cub Scout Day camp and Resident camp programs

    Updated faculty syllabus and learners workbook12 Core Values Session 12 Points of the Law at Camp SessionAcademic and Sports Round Robin Adventures at Camp Round Robin

    Camp Schools will use new materials to train participants beginning Fall 2014 and through 2015

  • Questions?*Change. It happens.It must happen to stay relevant and dynamic for our youth. Glad we have Scouterslike you all leading the way!

    **But first, a little background info

    Review 1930s info

    ( Note to Presenter: Dont get too hung up in the details. The point of this part of the presentation is to illustrate that the program has been changing for the boys and leaders since its inception in 1930.

    **Original Leadership had older boys running the dens as Boy Scout den chiefs.There were Den Mothers who worked as liaisons with the neighborhood parents committees, however they were not registered members of the BSA.By the mid 30s it was clear dens with adult leaders functioned better than those with only den chiefs. So in 1936, the Executive Board voted to make Den Mother registration optional. **

    Cover 40s then click to see 50s

    1940s item changes1940s new handbooks

    1950s item changes1950s new handbooks*Cover 60s then click to see 70s

    1960s begin the first major changes in advancement opportunities. A comprehensive survey of the whole program began. The Survey Research Center of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan was engaged to study the attitudes of boys and parents whose currently in the program and those who were former members as well.The findings set in motion a major overhaul of the whole Cub Scouting program.Most importantly the creation of Webelos program giving a different set of experiences for these older boys and to prepare them for Boy Scouting. Webelos program developed to include 15 activities badges/pins.Webelos badge and Webelos colors.Day camp opened up for all ranks.Entirely different achievements and electives were created for boys working on the Wolf and Bear badges. New handbooks

    1970sto help other people replaced to be square.Rocket (Space) Derby

    **Cover 80s then click to see 90s1982 Tiger Cubs BSA introducedAdvancement by Tiger Tracks Iron oneBear rank receives an revision and adds more achievements - 24 now and new handbook.Whittling Chip is introducedWebelos are moved into a 2 year program and camping opened up for Webelos dens to participate in. Separate neckerchief colors for each rank.CS Leader recognition knots = CM, DL, WDL, DLC, Den Leader Coach & Cub Scouter introducedBSA Family Program introduced.World Crest introduced. 1990s Tigers were able to be registered on charters as members of the Pack (Cover additional bullet items that were introduced in the 1990s from slide)

    **2000s more changes increased outdoor emphasis

    Packs can now camp, prior was only Webelos DensOutdoor Activity Award developed and introduced.Character Connections/12 Core ValuesTiger Cub becomes a rank with new handbook and badge. 2 years after first Tiger Cub handbook release, they made revisions due to Tiger Cubs now being able to wear the Cub Scout blue uniform with orange neckerchief and Tiger Cub hat and Tiger belt loop for the webbed blue belt. LNTGood Turn for America

    **Note to Presenter: Cover this as briefly or as fully as deemed appropriate, including skipping if the group is familiar with this change.

    A task force was formed in 2010 supporting the National Strategic Plan.

    There were 7 pillars of the plan. The 4th Pillars Dynamic and Relevant Programs early recommendation was that both Cub Scouts and Venturing move to use the Scout Oath and Law.

    The recommendation, which was approved by the National Executive board, is grounded in the mission of the Boy Scouts of America to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Strategically the sense was that we should begin this process at the earliest ages and do so directly.

    Before making the recommendation, however, the task force empanelled a study group of educators and child development specialists (all scouters) to study the age appropriateness of the potential change. This study group concluded that, with proper support from adult partners and leaders, there was no reason that Cub Scout age children could not begin to learn the values of the Oath and Law at their ages.

    There is no requirement to memorize the Oath and Law in Cub Scouts.**The recommendation and approval of the National Executive Board for One Oath and Law brought forth these changes for the Cub Scout program. (Read through changes)**So you may be wondering the following regarding the changes to become effective 6/1/2015

    Who was involved in the changes?Why were changes needed?...


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