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1 Baden Powell Institute – Buckeye Area Council Cub Scout Program Changes

2 Objectives By the end of this session, participants will communicate to others… The background and imperative for change The nature of the change The administrative and design bodies that enacted the change The fundamentals of the new program Program resources

3 Select a Promise… DecadePromise 1930s“I (name) promise to do my best to be square and to obey the Law of the Pack.” 1950s“I (name), promise to do my best to do my duty to God and my country, to be square and to obey the Law of the Pack.” 1970s“I (name), promise to do my best to do my duty to God and my country, to help other people, and to obey the Law of the Pack.” 2010s“On my honor, I will do my best, to do my duty to God and my country, and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times, and to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.” JD

4 Key Message Change has been a constant throughout the 80+ year lifetime of the Cub Scout Program JD

5 Genesis of the Changes… We have changed our programs to reflect the results of a thorough program review and assessment that clearly identifies those elements that are appealing, exciting and culturally relevant to today’s youth and families. The BSA’s programs match what today’s youth both want and need. Dynamic and Relevant Program 5

6 Task Force Structure Roughly Seventy-Five (75) Volunteers Nationally Representative Networked to other functions and discipline Religious Relations Committee Aquatics Task Force Program Impact, etc. Governance thru the Program Content Support Committee to the National Board Chair Russ Hunsaker Character Betsy Eubanks Citizenship Al Patrick Personal Fitness Scott Armstrong Outdoor Skills … John Savage Leadership Dev. Brad Smith Advancement Diane Cannon

7 Program Analysis 1. Many advancement requirements support passive rather than active behavior. 2. Leader aids are insufficient in guiding leaders on how to fulfill aims - lack tools and resources to implement aims. 3. Youth handbooks lack breadth and frequency of activities/learning situations that support the aims. a) Character: i. Cub Scout program structure does not facilitate adequate coverage of all 12 Core Values ii. The youth handbook activities do little to facilitate the discussions necessary to leverage the methods and instill values. b) Citizenship: Current activities focus primarily in the area of civics/government with less emphasis on service and stewardship c) Personal Fitness: i. Rank advancement activities do not build foundation for life-long positive fitness habits. ii. Our attention to nutrition within rank advancement is not proportionate to the need to address nutrition instruction and practices

8 Organizing Principles

9 Example: “Webelos Walkabout”

10 New Program Model Rank Advancement Thru Adventures For each rank, complete seven den-based adventures, including a family-based “Duty to God” adventure, to earn rank Adventures = interdisciplinary, theme-based experiences, 3 den meetings Immediate recognition after each adventure (loops or pins) Elective adventures available; same recognition approach JD

11 How Does Advancement Vary? Required Adventures Elective Adventures Adventure Recognition Device Tiger61Belt Loops Wolf61Belt Loops Bear61Belt Loops Webelos52Pins Arrow of Light43Pins JD

12 Impact on Pack Budget? JD Adventure loops: $1.39 Adventure pins: $1.89

13 Cub Scout Changes: Big Picture 1. Living the Ideals – Movement to Scout Oath and Law 2. Belonging to a Den 3. Using Advancement – Revisions to Current System 4. Involving Family and Home 5. Participating in Activities 6. Serving Home and Neighborhood 7. Wearing the Uniform JD

14 Summary of Changes NOT Changing Five methods of seven Cub Scout methods remain the same Family focus Ages (or genders) Bobcat still first rank earned (updated) Ranks or approach Den/pack meeting structures Outdoor program Delivery model Fun – even more than before CHANGING Ideals-related Oath & Law Advancement-related Tiger Cub becomes Tiger with new image Arrow of Light will no longer require earning Webelos Activities – more active, more aligned with Aims/Mission Advancement – simplified Academics and Sports program retired Current immediate/elective recognition devices replaced One Den Leader Guidebook per rank JD

15 Program Transition Current program – active until May 31, 2015 All advancement until that date will use the current materials New program – active on June 1, 2015 JD

16 Special Transition Considerations Arrow of Light Options (next slide) Boys joining Cub Scouts after May 31, 2015 may earn Arrow of Light using new requirements – no requirement to earn Webelos first LDS transition considerations Details: See 2015 Cub Scout Transition Guidelines on JD

17 Webelos to Arrow of Light May continue to work out of the current handbook and complete the AOL requirements as stated. May convert to the new handbook and requirements: Must complete the four defined required adventures To satisfy the requirement for three electives may utilize either the new adventure electives or electives earned under the current program but not used to fulfill Webelos rank requirements Boys Earning Their Webelos Badge Prior to June 1, 2015 JD

18 Joining Cub Scouts in Fifth Grade Shall utilize the new program requirements and handbook They may substitute any of the new program Webelos required adventures for the three required electives of Arrow of Light Boys joining Cub Scouts after May 31, 2015 and meeting the qualifications to join an AOL den JD

19 Cub Scout Changes: Implementation Putting the Program to Work

20 More Fun, More Engaging…. New Handbooks

21 Youth Handbook Information Title of Adventure Picture of Belt Loop Actual Cubs Ethan – peer guide Inviting summary of adventure

22 Youth Handbook Information Snapshot Action photos Requirement Helpful knowledge “Character Compass”

23 Youth Handbook Information Signature Block and end of each requirement section

24 Den Leader Materials Building Better Resources…

25 Den Leader Guide Information Rationale for Adventure Takeaways For Cub Scouts Requirement Listing Planning and Implementation notes to Den Leaders

26 Den Leader Guide Information Clear and Complete Meeting Plan Gathering Opening Talk Time Activities Explanation Step-by-step instructions Closing After the Meeting

27 Den Leader Guide Information All meeting resources follow the meeting plan Everything in one book!

28 Den Leader Guide Information Sample “paperwork” – can be copied or paraphrased as needed

29 Comments from PTC 2014 “It’s not that difficult!”

30 Transition Support National Support BSA Program Updates website: Roundtable Commissioner Content Q delivery for: Webinars profiling new program materials Revised position-specific, fast start and "what's new" training. Central Region Cub Adventure Guides PTC-trained Subject Matter Experts

31 Timeline DateAction Quarter Roundtable support: first monthly session (will continue through July) Webinar (available for continued viewing) STEM Nova requirements Training materials April Pack meeting plans ( , ) May Youth Handbooks Den Leader Guides Cub Scout Leader Book June Program active Recognition devices Remaining program resources

32 Immediate Support Your questions….

33 Ongoing Support Point of contact Ken King, 


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