Cub Scout Program Requirement Modifications - Effective Immediately
Learn About Cub Program Updates
After gathering feedback from den leaders who had delivered the new
Cub Scouting program for a year, the Boy Scouts of America has
announced modifications to Cub Scouting that make the program more
flexible for busy parents, den leaders and cubmasters. What they
learned was that some den leaders had difficulty fitting into their
program year all of the adventures required for advancement. This
resulted in boys not advancing. After a thoughtful and deliberate
review, the BSA has released some modifications to address this concern.
Some adventure requirements that previously were mandatory will
become optional, in a move intended to give Cub Scouters more control
over their den program. Below are a few key points to help you
understand what you need to know.
- While the overall feedback from den leaders about the new Cub
Scout program has been very positive, some den leaders said a number of
the new adventures had requirements that were too difficult for dens to
complete within the Scouting year.
- The new requirements will be posted in a free addendum available
at www.scouting.org/programupdates. This addendum will supplement the
handbooks in current circulation and for sale online and in Scout shops.
- The modifications are designed to ensure that adventure
requirements are achievable by today’s Cub Scout dens within a program
year. This means they are achievable by all Cub Scouts, regardless of
background or socioeconomic status.
- Most of the modifications involve the number of requirements that
must be completed, reducing the mandate to a number achievable within
the limited time available to many dens. This is done while retaining
the rich program options that allow leaders to build strong programs
adapted to their needs.
- The changes increase den-level customization. Units that can
handle more content, perhaps because they meet more often or for longer
periods, can — and should! — keep the optional requirements part of
their program. On the other hand, those that have struggled to finish
the requirements will welcome these changes as a way to meet their
- With the modifications, dens should be able to complete one adventure in approximately two den meetings.
- The transition should be seamless, with leaders able to use revised requirements as the den begins any new adventure.
For additional information visit www.scouting.org/programupdates or read this pdf.