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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 needs.
  • 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.

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