The 2015 Cub Scout Program is coming and it is going to have a positive impact on the ease of planning a Cub Scout program in the Church!!
The focus will switch from completing requirements to achieve a rank to guiding the boys on adventures. When they receive the rank is no longer the key but the journey becomes the way we reinforce the values and incorporate service and leadership in the program.
What’s new with Cub Scouts in 2015? No longer called requirements but Adventures, the new program will be easier for Ward leaders to plan a program to meet the interest of the boys and families. Each Rank has 7 adventures (combination of core and elective) required for achieving the rank.
The best place to go for up-to-date information is http://www.ldsbsa.org/2015-cub-scout-program-updates/. You will be able to find out information on how LDS are implementing the program.
Below are quotes from various BSA publications that summarize some of the changes.
- The authors (of the new program) also created a series of elective adventures in addition to the adventures required for rank advancement. This allows dens to create and customize a program for the interests of the boys in the den as well as create the opportunity for a year-round Cub Scout program. An adventure is the new basic program unit in Cub Scout advancement. Each adventure represents an integrated program that uses a theme to deliver content derived from the desired outcomes.
- The 12 Core Values of Cub Scouting will be replaced by the 12 points of the Scout Law and will be referred to as Character Compass points in the boys’ handbooks.
- Since the Scouting program of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints uses boys' birthdays, not grade levels, for program transitions, specific transition suggestions for LDS units will be released in advance of the new program model. These suggestions are available on the BSA’s Program Updates web page.
- The official timing for shifting to the use of the Scout Oath and Scout Law, per the National Executive Board resolution, is with the other changes in the Cub Scout program. We will begin transitioning into the new program beginning with the 2015–2016 Scouting year. Program materials to support the new handbook will be in Scout shops no later than June 1, 2015.
- Many dens and packs are already beginning to use the Scout Oath and Scout Law. The National Council has no issue with this earlier transition since it gets us to the desired outcome sooner, but that is a local decision. The only implication is that the unit would need to discuss its alignment with the Bobcat requirements.
NEW! Cub Scout Program Transition Information: including options for Webelos & Arrow of Light - Cub Scout Program Transition Information is a “Must Read.” Pages 4 through 7 contain specific ideas for Cub Scout dens and packs sponsored by wards and branches of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You can start now by helping the boys learn and understand the Scout Oath and Law (SOAL) so they’ll be ahead of the game by June 1, 2015.
The 2015 Cub Scout program is still a work in progress. To see the most recent iteration click here
The program is evolving, from www.lds.org, you are directed to www.ldsbsa.org which then directs you to www.scouting.org/programupdates.aspx
By the way, the best place to send a new leader when they are called is http://www.ldsbsa.org/new-leaders/pack-primary/
Coming in January 2014 - All new web site and new look! I am upgrading this website to a WordPress site so it will be responsive.
Updated May 2014 Scouting Handbook - LDS Scouting (Green Book)
Note: All documents on this web site are in Word 97-2003 or Excel.
For additional help in Planning LDS Pack and Den meetings check out LDS Cub Scout Meeting Planner! Another document that provides an overview of how the three programs dovetail is Combined Program Overview and the real Key to Planning is in Planning Calendar. The Excel spreadsheet has surprises on every tab.
To assist parents in following what is completed in Den meetings and what is done at home, Family Calendar was created.
For PDF Versions, training materials, and other great ideas, check http://cubscout.lds-scouting.org.If you want to create copies without making changes, it is your best source of information. On this web site are the source documents that can be modified and adapted to you pack and den meetings.
On this page, web links that are usefully in planning your den and pack meetings are listed.
MyScouting.org is the BSA Site where you can take Youth Protection Training that is required of all leaders including adults/parents who will be attending Day Camp or other Scout activities including transporting youth to events. My Scouting also includes Pack Advancement and Unit Rechartering.
The guide to LDS is Scouting Handbook for Church Units in the United States (Revised May 2012) or the Green Book.
Remember to always KISMIF!
The Osmonds, Jo@LDS-Scouting.org.