Cub Scouts 2010
The National Council is rolling out a new Cub Scout Program for the 2010 - 2011 school year.
This program is much like what many of our most successful Den Leaders have been doing for years: creating Den programs designed around advancement in the Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelos handbooks. The National Council made these updates to the Cub Scout program to make something good even better. Over the past four years, there have been a series of pilot projects to try out these changes, so they are well tested, with input from over 11,000 Den Leaders across the country. In the pilot study, Cub Scout retention increased from 65% to 87% annually, meaning if the program is successful for every Pack and Den, 300,000 more boys will stay in Scouting each year and 300,000 more boys will receive more of the character development enrichment that Scouting is know for. Also in the pilot study, 60% of Den Leaders said that the new program increased their confidence in delivering Cub Scouting to their Dens, 80% said that the resources made meeting preparation easier, and 95% would recommend the new program to other Den Leaders.
The National Council has been working diligently to refine this program and make it the best it can be. We are confident that this program will help your Deans and Pack be even more successful and your adult leaders will find their Scouting experience more rewarding as they teach and serve their Cub Scouts and watch their boys gove into fine youg men. Click here for a list of FAQs.
A series of Webinars are being sponsored by the National Council in May. Demand is high so very few Cubmasters or Den Leaders will be able to directly participate in the Webinars. The PowerPoint presentation used for the webinars is available for download here.
What's NOT Changing?
- The Purposes and Methods of Cub Scouting
- The Values of Cub Scouting (12 Core Values)
- Youth Handbooks, Achievement Activities, Advancement Requirements
- Pack Meeting Structure (7 Steps)
- Role of Roundtable in Communicatons and Training
What is Changing?
Themes as we know them - craft & seasonally based - will be replaced by a monthly focus on the 12 core values:
- September - Cooperation
- October - Responsibility
- November - Citizenship
- December - Respect
- January - Positive Attitude
- February - Resourcefulness
- March - Compassion
- April - Faith
- May - Health and Fitness
- June - Perseverance
- July - Courage
- August - Honesty
- A New Delivery Method
- Majority of Advancement Happens in the Den (not a change for many)
- In-den Advancement - Den Leader Signs Handbook
- In-home advancement - Parent/Guardian Signs Handbook & Den Leaders Initials Acknowledgement
- Search-Discover-Share No Longer Part of Tiger Den Meeting Structure
- New Den & Pack Meeting Resource Guide (replaces Program Helps; Does NOT Replace Leader Book)
- Pack Meeting Plans
- Den Meeting Plans
And thank you for all that you do for Scouting. Your Cub Scouts appreciate it.