By Boy Scouts of America
Feb 20, 2015

New Adventure Program Transition for LDS Packs

Cub Scout Guide EthanThese CUB SCOUT TRANSITION GUIDELINES (revised 2/20/2015)

The following are guidelines approved by the BSA National Council to address the way in which LDS chartered units operate. Please review the following while remembering to Keep It Simple, Make It Fun!

  1. Make every effort to have boys close to completing their badge of rank prior to May 31. After this time, they can go on to experience the new program for the balance of their time in the den.
  2. Every boy who has not completed his badge of rank by May 31 will complete his badge of rank with some mix of achievements from the current program and adventures from the new program. We should not be troubled by this. The constant is that these boys will have experienced a fun, family-oriented program delivered by adults who care about them.
  3. Plan now for the program you want for your den and pack in the future. Using the new program, plan the required and elective adventures you want to be delivering from June forward—this program year and into the future. Take into account school and holiday schedules, local climate and pack considerations, etc.
  4. Beginning in June, have fun with the new program! Use the plan created in No. 3 and the soon-to-be-available den leader guides to plan your individual den meetings. All boys may begin using the new program as early as June 1st but should be on the new program no later than the beginning of their 2015/2016 Scouting year – typically when school starts.
  5. Give your boys credit for the work they have done through May 31 in the current program and credit for what they will do in the new program from June forward. And when they reach their birthday, award them their badge!

Planning for the New Program: Considering the guidelines above, planning and annual program using the new adventures is straight forward. Begin by mapping out an annual program using the new program materials. The fundamental planning process is as follows:

  • Seven adventures are required to advance for each rank.
  • The required duty to God adventure at each rank is completed at home by the boy and his family and should be assigned to the family for completion.
  • Calendar the remaining required adventures keeping in mind local community, school, stake and local council events and commitments.
  • Plan and calendar electives to fill out a year-round program taking into account the interest of the boys in your den and their families.
  • Review your den’s plan with your Cubmaster for their input and to coordinate with pack meetings as needed.
  • Have fun!

Boys who join the Cub Scout program on June 1, 2015, or later must complete the Bobcat requirements listed below before earning the rank badge for their school or birth year.  Current Cub Scouts do not need to re-earn the Bobcat rank.

Bobcat Requirements

Bobcat Requirements

 

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NOTE: Active tenure requirements for Webelos (3 months) and Arrow of Light (6 months) have not changed. See Requirements at www.scouting.org/programupdates

Here is one example for a Wolf Den leader. A chart like this in the new Den Leader Guide:

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When a boy is ready to move to the new rank on his next birthday, you may award his badge of rank. During the transition time, boys will have completed a combination of current program achievements and new program adventures. This is acceptable during the transition year.

Keep it simple. Make it fun. Do what is best for the boy.

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Author: Boy Scouts of America | 411 Cub Scout Transition Team

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4 thoughts on “New Adventure Program Transition for LDS Packs

  1. AvatarMitchell Blake

    I enjoyed the article entitled “New Adventure Program Transition for LDS Packs”. Could you publish a blog the specifically addresses how the new camping requirements for the Cubs will be incorporated into LDS packs? Or, what is the LDS Church’s position or guidelines on the camping requirements for the new Cub adventure program?

    Thanks.

    Reply
    1. AvatarCindi Ellis

      In the April Roundtable Materials, it says, “NOTE: If your chartered organization does not permit Cub Scout
      camping, you may substitute a family campout or a daylong outdoor activity with your den or pack.”

      Reply
  2. AvatarPete Tingey

    After reviewing the new Webelos program, how are LDS units going to cover 14 Webelos adventures in 12 months? Each adventure is going to take the 2 or 3 meetings outlined leaving no leeway for missed meetings for sports and other family interruptions.

    Reply
    1. Darryl AlderDarryl Alder

      Pete
      This is a pretty common question for LDS leaders. 12 months, 12 themes and 12 adventures, that means parents must do their part. There are seven adventures required to advance for each rank. Two adventures, one for Webelos and one for Arrow of Light, are required duty to God adventures that are completed at home by the boy and his family and should be assigned to the family for completion.
       Calendar the remaining required adventures keeping in mind local community, school, stake and local council events and commitments.
       Plan and calendar electives to fill out a year‐round program taking into account the interest of the boys in your den and their families so that boys who want an Arrow of Light work on that first. The two awards are NOT built on each other and only Arrow of Light carries forward to their Boy Scout Uniform

      Reply

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