Modifications to the Cub Scout Program

changes to the cub scout program

NOTE:  This post was updated on 3/27/2017.

The Boy Scouts of America has announced modifications to the Cub Scout program.  They are effective immediately.  A document detailing the changes can be found on the Program Updates page of the Scouting website.

If you have already downloaded or printed this document, please check to make sure it is the latest version.  The easiest way is to check the number of pages.  The old version had 56 pages.  The new one has 57.

For your convenience, you may download the file by clicking on this link:

Cub Scout Advancement Modifications 12/16

Over the next several days, I’ll be reviewing these changes and will write about them here.

The Program Updates page of the Scouting website now has an addendum for each rank.  It lists all of the requirements for that rank.

If you are going to print the addenda, read this post for some helpful hints.

Yours in Scouting,

P.S.  What do you think about the changes?

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14 thoughts on “Modifications to the Cub Scout Program

  1. Quynh-Thi

    I did an analysis on what new requirements matches old requirements…etc. If you would like a copy, please email me.

    Thank you,

  2. Alaina

    I have completed most of the Bear requirements. Do I have to redo requirements to comply with the modified requirements.

    For example, the Bears have earned their Bear Claw. Do I take away the belt loop until the boys have cut open boxes and letters etc with a knife?

    Since we are 1/2 way through the year, can I just ignore the other modifications and complete the program I started with the Den?

    1. Sherry Post author

      No, you don’t need to redo any of the adventures. Once a boy has earned something, he keeps it regardless of what changes are made in the future.

      Yes, you can continue using the program as it is. Here’s a quote from the modifications document:

      Suggested Rollout
      Modifications should be implemented quickly to prevent another year of advancement challenges. Prompt electronic publishing (foregoing professional copyediting in an effort to get the material into leaders hands as quickly as possible) of all 2016-2017 requirements was determined as the best path forward, resulting in little disruption to the program. The transition will be seamless, with leaders choosing to use revised requirements as the den begins any new Adventure.

  3. David

    They have certainly cheapened the AoL Rank.

    If a unit is running their program correctly, there is no reason why they can’t have all the original requirements completed within the program year.

  4. Erin Blank

    Our problem is our year runs from October through march. November through April brings cold temperatures and snow.

    As you can imagine new parents aren’t often ready to camp overnight within days or weeks of their Scouts joining up. They often are anxious and wanttime to acclimate before buying gear. Even in October we wake to 38 degrees.

    It is not easy for us to follow the program and ensure the boys have enough outdoor opportunities.

    1. Mary Eileen C.

      I agree, and am happy about the changes. We only have three AoLs and all three have dads that are deployed until February with the military. Yes, I know that we as moms could take the boys out camping by ourselves but, it is hard to do by ourselves with younger siblings running around! Our pack traditionally does AoL award in March and then crossover in April. It was going to be nearly impossible to do that without completing all the outdoor requirements as written. Thankfully, we can combine some activities to complete the outdoor requirements in one or two events now!

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