New Cub Scout Handbook and Leader Guide Sampler

samplersI thought you might like to see a sampler of the new Cub Scout handbooks and Leader Guides.

There will continue to be one handbook per rank except for a combined Webelos and Arrow of Light handbook and leader guide.  Now, we’ll have one leader guide per rank (except for the combined Webelos and Arrow of Light guide).  Continue reading

Cub Scouts to Use Boy Scout Oath and Law

scoutoathIn addition to the program changes, Cub Scouts will see another big change beginning June 1, 2015.  Instead of the Cub Scout Promise and the Law of the Pack, Cub Scouts will adopt the Boy Scout Oath and Law.

So, why is this change being made?  The Boy Scouts of America mission “is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.”  By exposing our boys to the Scout Oath and Law at a younger age, they are more likely to live by those values. Continue reading

Prototypes of Cub Scout New Recognition Devices

new cub scout recogntion devicesWith the changes to the Cub Scout program, we’re going to see some changes to the recognition devices.  Currently, our Tigers earn beads for their Tiger Cub Totem, Bears and Wolves earn beads for their Cub Scout Progress Toward Rank totem and Webelos earn their Compass Points and Emblem.  All of these will be going away when the new program goes into effect on June 1, 2015.  But we will have new recognition devices to take their place. Continue reading

Webelos Transition into 2015-2016 New Cub Scout Program

Webelos TransitionOne of the biggest concerns that most of us had about the new Cub Scout program was how boys in the middle of their Webelos years would be impacted.  At first, we were told that boys would have to switch to the new program.  I, along with many of you, thought this was the wrong decision.

I am extremely happy to report that the Boy Scouts of America took our feedback and changed this.  It was actually announced during the Cub Scout training class that I attended at Philmont Scout Ranch.

Now, dens of boys who have earned their Webelos rank as of June 1, 2015 and who are moving up to the Arrow of Light rank have two options.

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