As a result of a concerted effort by volunteers and professionals, significant changes are coming in the Cub Scout advancement program. The primary objective of these changes is to match the program to the wants and needs of today's youth. The changes were also done to provide more FUN in the program. These changes will become dffective June 2015 (or the beginning of the program year in September 2015).
First, what is NOT changing:
- Family Focus – Scouting has and will always be a family program
- Maintaining the concept of “Akela” as the Leader.
- Cub Scout sign (Wolf Ears), salute, handshake, and motto (“Do your Best” – how we judge accomplishments)
- Rank system (Bobcat, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, WEBELOS, and Arrow Of Light).
- Outdoor program
- Delivery Model – Most of the advancement will be done at den mtgs.
- Other recognition
- Cub Outdoor Program award
- Summertime Pack award
- STEM & STEM Nova award
What is Changing?
- ONE Oath and Law – Retiring the Cub Scout Promise and the Law of the Pack and use the Boy Scout Oath and Law
- Pack and Den activities will align more with the Aims and the Mission of the BSA
- Tiger Cubs will officially be known as Tigers and they will have a new image
- Adventures will replace Achievements: it will take 2 to 3 meetings to complete one Adventure, for which Belt Loops will be awarded.
- Current “Immediate Recognition” items (Tiger Beads & Tracks, Wolf & Bear Progress beads, WEBELOS Compass Point pins) will be discontinued
- Arrow Points will be discontinued; boys will continue working on Adventures Belt Loops
- Sports and Academic Program will be retired; the best of the program will be incorporated into several of the Adventures
- For WEBELOS, Adventure Pins will replace Activity Pins
- WEBELOS prerequisite for Arrow of Light have been removed
- An Adventure was created to give a better understanding of the WEBELOS to Scout transition plan for boys, leaders, and parents
STEM is part of an initiative the Boy Scouts of America has taken on to encourage the natural curiosity of youth members and their sense of wonder about these fields through existing programs. From archery to welding, Scouts can't help but enjoy the wide range of STEM-related activities. To support this initiative, the BSA developed the Nova Awards program so that youth members have fun and receive recognition for their efforts.
For more information contact Bob Ames