One 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. In option 1, Webelos dens may continue to work out of the current handbook and complete the Arrow of Light requirements as stated.
In option 2, dens will begin using the new Webelos Handbook
and the Webelos Den Leader Guide for the Webelos adventures on July 1, 2015. There are two stipulations: Boys must complete the four defined required adventures for the Arrow of Light rank.
In addition, they must complete three elective adventures.
To satisfy the requirement for the three electives, boys may utilize EITHER the new adventure electives OR activity badges earned under the current program. However, the activity badges must not have be used to fulfill the Webelos rank requirements. To read more about the transition including recommendations for our LDS packs, click over to this document
. Will your pack choose option 1 or option 2? Yours in Scouting, Sherry
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