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1 Objectives To learn the fundamentals of Cub Scouting To learn what Cub Scout leaders do To learn how to make Cub Scouting work To learn how to have fun.

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1 1 Objectives To learn the fundamentals of Cub Scouting To learn what Cub Scout leaders do To learn how to make Cub Scouting work To learn how to have fun with my den and pack To learn how to have successful den and pack meetings and activities

2 2 Cub Scouting … Is for boys aged 7 to 11 or in the first through fifth grade Is family oriented Builds independence Is designed to develop participatory citizenship, character, and personal fitness Has age-appropriate activities and lessons Is the young-boy program of the Boy Scouts of America

3 3 The Foundations of Scouting BSA Mission Statement The Scout Oath The Scout Law The Vision Statement The Aims

4 4 Purposes of Cub Scouting Character Development Spiritual Growth Good Citizenship Sportsmanship and Fitness Family Understanding Respectful Relationships Personal Achievement Friendly Service Fun and Adventure Preparation for Boy Scouts

5 5 12 Core Values of Cub Scouting

6 6 Character Connections Know what values mean. Commit to doing what feels morally right. Practice living according to the Core Values.

7 7 The Methods of Cub Scouting Living the ideals Belonging to a den Using advancement Involving family and home Participating in activities Serving home and neighborhood Wearing the uniform Making Character Connections

8 8 Age-Appropriate Programs RankGradeAge Tiger CubsFirst7 Wolf CubsSecond8 Bear CubsThird9 Webelos Arrow of Light Fourth Fifth 10

9 9 Safeguarding Our Youth Youth Protection – Two-deep leadership – Online training and the resources available Health and Safety – What activities are age-appropriate? – What are the BSA policies? – Training available throughout the year – Guide to Safe Scouting

10 10 Fun comes from... The Cub Scout month Pack organization Annual program planning conference Unit budget plan Parent involvement—how to get help Activities (pack, district, and council) Resources and information

11 11 The Cub Scout Month Two or More Den Meetings – Boys and leaders – Activities and advancement (including outings) Pack Meeting – Fun – Recognition – Show, share, and succeed!

12 12 Pack Organization Chartered Organization Representative Pack Committee Cubmaster Cub Scout Den Leaders Assistant Cub Scout Den Leaders Den Chief Tiger Cub Den Leaders Adult Partners Pack Trainer Assistant Cubmaster Webelos Den Leaders Assistant Webelos Den Leaders Den Chief Local Council

13 13 Cub Scout Program Prepared den meeting and pack meeting plans How to have fun for a month Ideas for den and pack meetings Supported by Den & Pack Meeting Resource Guide, Scouting magazine, and Boys’ Life Answers the question: What should we do?

14 14 Cub Scout Program FPO

15 15 12 Core Values MonthCore ValuePack Activity SeptemberCooperationPack open house OctoberResponsibilityFire prevention activities NovemberCitizenshipPack service projects DecemberRespectBlue and gold workshop JanuaryPositive attitudeDerby workshop FebruaryResourcefulnessPack in uniform MarchCompassionFirst-aid night AprilFaithCampfire workshop MayHealth and fitnessSports workshop JunePerseveranceBike Safety, bike rodeo JulyCourageLeave No Trace AugustHonestyWater carnival

16 16 The Cub Scout Year Annual program planning conference Decide what to do the following year Add your own activities – Pinewood derby ® – Space derby – Raingutter regatta – Field trips Ensure a year-round program – Summertime Pack Award – Day/resident/family/pack camping Journey to Excellence Award – lence/scorecards/2014.aspx

17 17 Pack Budget Plan Funding the pack Pack money-earning ideas Dues Council-supported fund-raising programs Make Scouting affordable

18 18 Parent Involvement Encourage all parents to participate Ask for help – Start with just one job – Ask them to do something specific Ask them to register – Insurance coverage – Closer relationship to the unit – Scouting magazine Consider – Single-parent families – Grandparents Parent and Family Talent Survey

19 19 Activities Advancement Academics and Sports belt loops Summer camps – Day camp – Resident camping Pack camping overnighters at council-approved facilities Family camping Field trips Tour Planning Checklist

20 20 National Cub Scouting Resources Leader Book Den & Pack Meeting Resource Guide Leader How-To Book Webelos Leader Guide Scouting magazine Boys’ Life Youth Protection training National Web sites – – – – – Other books and pamphlets

21 21 Local Cub Scouting Resources Local council service center District executive and other support staff District and Unit Commissioner Scout executive Camping facilities Program support Fund-raising programs Activities

22 22 Local Information Sources Training – Cub Scout Leader Fast Start (online) – Cub Scout Leader Position-Specific Training – This Is Scouting (online) – Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) – Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders (OWLS) – Health and Safety Youth Protection Training Weather Hazards Safe Swim Defense Safety Afloat Physical Wellness

23 23 Local Information Sources Web Sites – Patriots' Path Council – Watchung Mountain District Other Sources – Council Newsletter (bi-weekly) – District Announcements (weekly)

24 24 Local Information Sources Roundtable – Monthly meeting – For all leaders and interested parents – Conducted by the district – Program ideas and fun Council Web site, newsletters, others Commissioners service

25 25 Unit Information Sources Pack trainer Other leaders Pack library Visit another den meeting Ask for advice Ask for help

26 26 Webelos and Arrow of Light Den

27 27 Planning a Webelos Den Meeting Be guided by the Den & Pack Meeting Resource Guide. Cover all parts of the meeting. Focus on how the advancement activities will be handled. Are no more than 75 minutes long.

28 28 Webelos Scouts Are Boys Fourth- and fifth-grader (age 10) behavior. Inquisitive but growing School is now routine; boys are looking for new challenges. Some are new to Scouting, some are previous Cub Scouts. Build trust. They have a new leader—you!

29 29 Webelos Scouts Are Boys Parental involvement is needed. They need hands-on projects. More independence should be expected of the boys. Follow a code of conduct in meetings and other locations. Teach individual responsibility.

30 30 Webelos Advancement Encouragement and recognition of achievement Grade-related and age-appropriate Webelos den leader encourages, ensures, and approves advancement.

31 31 Webelos Advancement Bobcat badge Webelos activity badges Webelos badge Compass points emblem Arrow of Light

32 32 Webelos Activity Badges Mental Skills Artist Scholar Showman Traveler Technology Craftsman Engineer Handyman Scientist Physical Skills Aquanaut Athlete Fitness Sportsman Outdoor Activity Forester Geologist Naturalist Outdoorsman Community Citizen Communicator Family Member Readyman

33 33 Activity Badge Counselor Helps Webelos Scouts earn activity badges Provides instruction at Webelos den meetings The service is temporary and is not a registered BSA position

34 34 Earning the Webelos Badge Eight total requirements Complete three activity badges – Fitness (Physical Skills) – Citizen (Community) – One from any of the three other groups: Outdoor Activities Mental Skills Technology Boy Scout preparation and knowledge

35 35 Earning the Arrow of Light Six months in the den Preparation to join a Boy Scout troop Eight activity badges, including the three for the Webelos badge Troop visit Campout

36 36 Recognition Immediate – Webelos colors At pack meeting – Activity badges – Compass points emblem Belt loops and pins – Academics and Sports

37 37 The Field Trip A monthly field trip Opportunity for boys to discover new things Will be related to handbook advancement or the monthly Core Value In the immediate locale Remember the age group (10- to 11-year-olds) Have fun!

38 38 Planning Webelos Field Trips Prior planning is a must. Share the planning and execution. Involve your field trip location contact. Use a Tour Planning Checklist.

39 39 Record Keeping

40 40 Webelos Activities Pack meeting participation Activity-badge-related outings Camping! – Pack overnighters – Family camping – Webelos den camping – Boy Scout troop joint campouts – Day camps – Resident camp Good Turn

41 41 Webelos-to-Scout Transition Start early. Visit troop meetings. Organize joint den/troop campouts. Visit troop activities and camporees. – Webelos Scouts may not participate in activities or stay overnight – The hosts should provide organized Webelos activities Discuss options with adults and boys. Explain that not all boys will go to the same troop. Encourage completing the Arrow of Light. Encourage movement to Boy Scouts of Webelos Scouts and parents.

42 42 The Den Chief Boy Scout or Venturer leadership position Older boy influence Helps the den leader. Leads activities. Positive attitude Leads by example.

43 43 The Denner and Assistant Denner Boy leadership Help the Den Leader and Den Chief. May lead activities. Denner service teaches responsibility.

44 44 Six Great Webelos Den Leader Secrets Be tolerant regarding boys’ increasingly busy schedules. – We must never make the boys choose between Sports and Scouting or Religion and Scouting – We make the necessary accommodations so the boys can participate in all three Boys need a fast-moving program. Alternate energetic activities with quiet ones. Hands-on activities are better than lectures. Boys will learn self-control when given guidelines. Guide boys to Boy Scouts.

45 45 04/10/14 Webelos to Scout Transition

46 46 04/10/14 How To Approach It Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts are not two separate activities. – There is only one activity- SCOUTING – Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts are simply age- appropriate Scouting programs. The 5 th grade Scouting program starts in a Cub Scout Pack and continues in a Boy Scout Troop in February Arrow of Light Dens and Boy Scout Troops work together – Prepare both Scouts and parents for the entire year's program – This includes the Troop's week at summer camp between the 5 th and 6 th grades.

47 47 04/10/14 Preparing Webelos for Boy Scouts Tan Uniform Advancement Method (it's more like Troop) Den Camping (in addition to Pack camping) Scout Oath, Law, Sign, Salute (at Den Meetings) Joint Activities with Troop  Campout  Service Project Concept of 5 th Grade Program

48 48 04/10/14 Working with a Troop Packs and Troops each designate a “Webelos to Scout Transition Coordinator” Troop presentation to Arrow of Light Den members and parents at a September Den Meeting Arrow of Light Den mailing list shared with Troop Joint Arrow of Light Den & Troop Campout in October Arrow of Light Den participates in a Troop service project Troop provides a Den Chief Crossover ceremony at February Pack Meeting

49 49 04/10/14 FAQ 1 Q: Since some/many/most/all of the boys in my Arrow of Light Den don't plan to join Boy Scouts, what do I do in that case?  A: The 5 th grade program makes this a moot point; there are simply no Den or Pack activities for 5 th graders after February (except AoL Den alumni participation in District Pinewood Derby)  5 th graders joining a Troop in February is no different from boys who complete 2 nd grade then moving on to Bear. We don't postpone the transition from Wolf to Bear, and we don't postpone the transition from Webelos to Scouts.  They're registered until December of 6 th grade, so give Boy Scouts a try; maybe they'll have fun.

50 50 04/10/14 FAQ 2 Q: A boy who is not yet 11 years old didn't complete Arrow of Light by February; what do we do since his Den no longer exists and he's too young to join Boy Scouts?  A: Have him participate in Troop activities while keeping him registered in the Pack. If possible, help him earn his Arrow of Light as he's also working on Boy Scout advancement.  On the earliest of (i) his 11 th birthday, (ii) he earns the Arrow of Light, or (iii) June 1, register him as a Boy Scout.  While a Cub Scout, his (typically) father will need to accompany him on Troop overnight activities (as per Cub Scout rules).

51 51 04/10/14 FAQ 3 Q: Since the Webelos program includes Den camping, what training do I need?  A: As with any Cub Scout camping, there needs to be two BALOO-trained adults present.  In order to work with the boys on their outdoor-related Activity Awards, Outdoor Webelos Leader Skills (OWLS) is highly recommended.  To kill two birds with one stone, Patriots' Path Council offers a combined OWLS/IOLS course, so you'll be trained for both Webelos and Boy Scout outdoor activities at the same time. Remember, it's only 18 months from when you start as a Webelos Den Leader until you're an Assistant Scoutmaster.

52 52 04/10/14 Additional Resources Everything you need is available from the Watchung Mountain District web page  visit, then click on the Webelos to Scout header, or  go right to A useful summary is at

53 53 04/10/14 Webelos to Scout Transition

54 54 04/10/14 Know Your Unit Commissioner Unit Commissioner Page – – Includes what a UC does for you Who is your Unit Commissioner – The link is on the above page, or go right to – Sorted by Name, Unit Number, and City/Town

55 55 04/10/14 Overall Objectives The Webelos Program is a Transition from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts Working with a Troop, Including Having a Den Chief, Helps Prepare the Webelos Scouts for Boy Scouts Webelos Cross Over from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts in February of the 5 th Grade The key factor to improved Webelos transition is the ongoing working relationship of the leaders of the Cub Scout pack(s) and the Boy Scout troop(s)..

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