Program Updates

Updates

Cub Scout Advancement Modifications Made

The BSA has announced modifications to adventure requirements in response to feedback from den leaders who have run the new Cub Scouting program for a year. Dens may begin using the modified requirements immediately as they begin working on their next adventure. Click here for the complete list of modifications.

Outdoor Ethics Awareness and Action Awards for Cub Scouts and Leaders Have Been Retired

The June 2015 launch of the new Cub Scouting program fundamentally changed Cub Scout advancement requirements. The knowledge, skills, and attributes acquired through the Cub Scout Outdoor Ethics Awareness and Action Awards have been incorporated into, and made an integral part of, the new Cub Scout adventures.

To avoid redundancy, the Cub Scout Outdoor Ethics Awareness and Action Awards have been retired and will no longer be available for Cub Scouts and Cub Scout leaders to earn. The adult content will be incorporated into the revisions being made to BALOO training and will be released soon.

Pilot Councils to Grow and Serve Youth Through the Lion Program

Ready … Aim … Fire! Announcing the New Cub Scout Shooting Sports Awards!

Take aim at fun and excitement in your council with the new Cub Scout Shooting Sports Awards. Insignia will arrive in national Scout shops and become available for wholesale customers in February. The awards will be offered in three disciplines: BB guns, archery, and slingshots. Councils may choose to offer one or more of the disciplines. With rank-specific requirements and insignia, there is incentive for boys to earn the awards year after year at camp. Our youth members consistently list shooting sports as one of their most-desired outdoor activities. With these new awards, Cub Scouts will hit the bull’s-eye with fun!

Cub Scout Shooting Sports Guide
Award requirements
Shooting sports award FAQs
Shooting sports tracking sheet
Shooting sports targets

Wolf Handbook, Germs Alive Adventure Correction

In the first 2015 printing of the Wolf Handbook, there were incorrect measurements in the recipe for fake mucus that appears on pages 239 and 240. The correct recipe can be downloaded here.

Up Your Game With These Great Learning Opportunities!

Are you ready to take your Cub Scouting skills to the next level? Scroll down to the Learning Opportunities section and check out the learning opportunities available at the Florida Sea Base and Philmont Training Center in 2016.

Position-Specific In-Person Training Guides Available Now!

The training guides for Den Leader, Cubmaster/Assistant Cubmaster, and Pack Committee (Pack Committee Challenge) are now available on the adult training page of scouting.org.

The online training for den leaders, Cubmasters, committee chairs and members, and chartered organization representatives has been totally updated with help from volunteers from around the country. The new training will be divided into shorter, more targeted modules so leaders can get the training they need, in the order they want, any time they need it. The new training is organized around the learning needed prior to the first meeting, in the first 30 days, and to be position-specific trained. This new training was developed to be implemented in conjunction with the BSA’s new learning management system. The anticipated timing for launching this new tool is June 30, 2015. Keep an eye on MyScouting Tools (logging in through MyScouting.org) for more information.

New Pack Meeting Plans Available Now!

Pack meeting plans for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 Cub Scouting years are now available! From the Cubmaster’s Minute to resource lists, you’ll find everything you need to lead fun and engaging pack meetings! And they support the new Cub Scouting program, too! Click here to download the plans.

Updated Requirements for Cub Scout Awards

The requirements for the National Den Award, National Summertime Pack Award, Cub Scout World Conservation Award, and the Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award have been revised to reflect the new Cub Scouts program that launched June 1, 2015. Click here for details.

Cub Scouting

Youth Handbook Covers
Den Leader Guide Covers

Quick Links

Orientation Videos

Exciting changes are coming to the Cub Scouting program that will make it simpler to execute for unit leaders and more fun for boys! Check out the videos below outlining the the changes.

Cubmaster New Program Orientation

Den Leader New Program Orientation

Download New Program Orientation Video
Download Den Leader New Program Orientation Video

LDS New Program Orientation

History of Cub Scouting

Download LDS New Program Orientation Video
Download History of Cub Scouting Video

Supplemental Roundtable Content

To help prepare unit leaders for the new Cub Scouting program launching June 1, supplemental roundtable content has been developed to replace or supplement the current sessions listed as "Cub Scout Interest Topics" for January–July 2015. 

Available installments are posted below.

January – Program Support for Den Leaders
Topic Guide
Presentation Materials

February – Advancement
Topic Guide
Presentation Materials

March – Program Planning
Topic Guide
Presentation Materials
Worksheet

April – New Pack Meeting Plans
Topic Guide
Presentation Materials

May – Aquatic Adventures
Topic Guide
Presentation Materials

June – Campfire Programs
Topic Guide
Presentation Materials
Worksheet

July – Resources for Packs and Den Leaders
Topic Guide

Boy Scouting

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