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  • PLANNING THE CUB SCOUT YEAR

    For Cubmasters and Wolf and Bear Den Leaders

  • Why Plan?

    Life is so much easier when theres a plan

    Plan your work, and work your plan

    Today were going to discuss planning at the pack and den levels, as well as budgeting for what and den levels, as well as budgeting for what youve planned.

  • What is the objective?

    Good planning always starts with an objective, a goal.

    From lds.org: Scouting for boys 8 through 10 is a learning, happy, fun-filled home-centered, activity learning, happy, fun-filled home-centered, activity program.

  • Objective cont.

    Cheryl C. Lant, Primary general president, has said: Scouting is fun and has an important purpose! Woven through all the fun is an inspired program that really works. Scouting is about learning and living the gospel. Scouting can reinforce positive character values and leadership skills that are taught in the home.leadership skills that are taught in the home.Scouting prepares boys to become righteous men who hold and honor the priesthood of God. Scout leaders have the responsibility to help each boy connect what he is learning in Scouting to his priesthood preparation and his future as a covenant keeping missionary, husband, and father.

  • Purposes of Cub Scouting

    Character Development

    Spiritual Growth

    Good Citizenship

    Respectful Relationships

    Personal Achievement

    Friendly Service Good Citizenship

    Sportsmanship and Fitness

    Family Understanding

    Friendly Service

    Fun and Adventure

    Preparation for Boy Scouts

  • KISMIF

    Keep it simple, make it fun!make it fun!

  • Planning the Cub Scout Year

    Annual Pack Program Planning Conference.

    Mostly involves planning Pack Meetings, Pack Activities, and Summertime Activities.

    Should happen over the summer. Should happen over the summer.

    Takes a couple of hours!

  • People Who Should Attend:

    Pack Committee Chair

    Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmaster

    Den Leaders and Assistant Den Leaders

    Webelos Leaders Webelos Leaders

    Anyone else youd like to inviteparents, other committee members, etc.

    Primary Presidency member, bishopric counselor?

  • Things to Bring to the Meeting:

    Pack Program Planning Packet

    Program Helps

    Council, Ward and Stake Calendars

    School Calendars School Calendars

    Guide to Safe Scouting

    Cub Scout How-To Book

    Cub Scout Leader Book

    Pack Roster (to know how many boys will be in the program in any given month)

  • Last First DOB Phone Sep-06 Oct-06 Nov-06 Dec-06 Jan-07 Feb-07 Mar-07 Apr-07 May-07 Jun-07 Jul-07 Aug-07 Sep-06 Oct-06 Nov-06 Dec-06

    Mitchell 1-Jul-96 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 11 11 11 11 11 11

    Chance 13-Jul-96 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 11 11 11 11 11 11

    Garrett 22-Jul-96 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 11 11 11 11 11 11

    Jacob 29-Aug-96 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 11 11 11 11 11

    Chris 9-Oct-96 9 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 11 11 11

    Dominic 1-Jul-96 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 11 11 11

    Danny 22-Oct-96 9 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 11 11 11

    Caleb 13-Nov-96 9 9 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 11 11

    Aaron 30-Apr-97 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10

    Nathan 30-Apr-97 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10

    Matthew 19-Jun-97 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 10 10 10 10 10 10 10

    Kenneth 11-Aug-97 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 10 10 10 10 10

    Caleb 28-Oct-97 8 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9

    Duncan 5-Nov-97 8 8 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9

    Tyler 12-Nov-97 8 8 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9

    TJ 9-Dec-97 8 8 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9

    Jared 21-Apr-98 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9

    Caleb 21-Sep-98 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 9 9 9 9

    Joshua 14-Nov-98 7 7 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 9 9

    Jeremiah 28-Nov-98 7 7 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 9 9

    Alek 21-Dec-98 7 7 7 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 9

    Andrew 1-Jun-99 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 8 8 8 8 8 8 8

    Jared 16-Jul-99 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 8 8 8 8 8 8

    Levi 4-Aug-99 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 8 8 8 8 8

  • Steps to Planning the Year

    Go through the council calendar and decide if there are any council or district events that the pack needs or wants to go to.

    Review the other calendars for any relevant events, holidays, school breaks, etc.

    Then, go month-by-month, deciding if you want to do Then, go month-by-month, deciding if you want to do the BSA theme or something else, when you want to have derbies, etc.

    Take input for ideas for guests or activities for pack meetings or pack activities.

    Once youve got your plan, make a printed calendar for the year, and ask parents to help with planned activities.

  • Summertime Activities

    Cub Scouting is a year-round program.

    Den and Pack meetings can be hard in the summer!

    Pack Summertime Activity Award helps encourage packs to stay active.

    Requirements:Plan and hold 1 pack activity during each of the summer monthsthats it!

    Awards include:Ribbon for pack flag for meeting the pack requirements

    Awards include:Ribbon for pack flag for meeting the pack requirementsRibbon for den flag, for those dens that have at least 50% of their boys in attendance at each eventPin for boys attending all three eventsSegment

    Typical Summertime Activities:HikesDay Camp (if your whole pack goes together)PicnicsDerbies such as Raingutter RegattaHelping with a Quarterly Primary Activity Day

  • Now, Lets Get to Den Planning

    What do you do from here?

    How do you plan your year?

  • The Ideal

    BSA training suggests--Den meetings are for fun, theme-related activities, and electives

    Parents work with their boys on most achievements

  • The Reality

    Cub Scouts is conscripted in the church.

    Parents dont understand the Cub Scout program.

  • The Compromise

    Den meetings include achievements.

    Homework assignments and communication.

    Increased achievement leads to increased retention

    BSA is moving toward this model with their Cub BSA is moving toward this model with their Cub Scouts 2010 program.

  • Cub Scouts 2010, f.k.a. Fast Tracks

    A program with a prescribed set of meetings, designed to enable each level of Cub Scouts to achieve their rank between September and February, along with achievement of electives, belt loops and other awards.loops and other awards.

    Includes homework for families, field trips, and more, in two den meetings and one field trip a month.

    If Fast Tracks canso can we!!

  • Getting Started on Planning

    After the Annual Program Planning Conference, its time for the den leaders to meet to plan out their year of den meetings.

    Gather your materials:Assistant den leaderAssistant den leaderHandbook for your den levelFaith in God book and correlation chartsProgram Helps (or Fast Tracks)Cub Scout Leader BookCub Scout How-to BookCouncil, ward, and school calendars

  • Now

    Plug in the big events firstany council or district events, pack meetings, etc.

    Now work on your den meetings. You can use the Program Helps or the Fast Tracks helps to help do Program Helps or the Fast Tracks helps to help do this.

    Remember that both of these resources are designed to help the boys achieve rank between September and Februaryyou can stretch some of this out if you want.

  • Nowcont.

    A field trip once a month or so is a good idea. Program Helps and Fast Tracks both offer ideas for these. Some field trips can be planned for days off from school.

    Dont forget to work in Faith in God requirements whenever you can.

    Use the How-To book for lots of ideas for games, crafts, Use the How-To book for lots of ideas for games, crafts, etc. You can also use the internet for more ideas.

    Use the Guide to Safe Scouting as a guide to make sure that any field trips or outings are safe and age-appropriate.

    Remember that LDS Cub Scouts do not go camping as a pack.

  • Tracking

    Den leaders have responsibility to track each boys progress toward rank, arrow points, etc.

    Methods: old-fashioned paper charts, or computeroptions include free Trax spreadsheets, computeroptions include free Trax spreadsheets, or various subscription online tracking methods

    As soon as a Wolf or Bear has completed 3 achievements, make sure to give them a Progress Toward Ranks bead in a brief ceremony at the very next den meeting.

  • Service

    The LDS church is big on service, and so is the BSA.

    Its a good idea to include a service project of some sort at least once a quarter, at either the den or pack level.

    The council and district provide several opportunities for The council and district provide several opportunities for service projects: Scouting for Food, Goodwill Good Turn Day, Tree Plant.

    Dont forget to do some kind of service for your chartered organization every now and then!

    There are lots of other ideas out there too. Sharing time!

    Bell-ringing caution

  • Combining Groups

    What do we do about small Cub Scout groups?

    Need to combine Wolf and Bear dens?

    See WolfandBearTogether in my folder for this class for a complete example of a way to combine class for a complete example of a way to combine these two dens.

    Dont combine Webelos with any other group

    Consider correlating with another ward if critical mass is a constant rather than a temporary problem.

  • Planning Philosophies

    Do it once and repeatIm recommending t