By Boy Scouts of America
Apr 07, 2015

Cub Scout Program Launch Update

Cub Scout Guide EthanWe are excited to be introducing the new Cub Scout program beginning June 1.  Hundreds of volunteers have been working for the past three years to make the new program more dynamic and exiting for today’s youth and families. All systems are “go” for the June launch!

Key deliverables are on track as follows:

  • March 31: Revised position-specific training was released—online and in-person versions  (note: a “Trained” leader need not take additional training for the new program).
  • May 1: Handbooks and key leader resources will be available in Scout shops and as e-books via (English). Spanish language resources will be available 45-60 days later.
  • June 30: Insignia supporting rank advancement – adventure loops and pins – will be available in Scout Shops and on

Belt Loop and Pin RecognitionAdventure loops

  • New adventure insignia (belt loops and pins) will be available for purchase in Scout shops as immediate recognition devices.

  • Items will not be restricted, and no advancement report is required.

ACTION:  read the blog (“Cub Scout Advancement Policy – Adventure Loops and Pins”) 

LDS FeatureTransition in LDS Chartered Units – New Cub Scout Program

Important information on transitioning from the current to the new Cub Scout program in LDS units is available on our blog. Fundamentally, boys during the transition year will earn their badge of rank with some fraction of their requirements earned under the current program, and the remainder earned under the new program. Guidance is also provided on how to create new annual plans.

ACTION: Share the “Cub Scout LDS Transition Guidance” with all LDS chartered units and unit commissioners.

New Cub Scout Product Transition Program

As previously announced, the National Supply Group will be providing a program to assist councils in stocking new literature and program materials in time for the May 1 retail launch of the new Cub Scout program by exchanging the 266 SKU’s that are being discontinued for the 150+ new items, including literature and program material. 

For additional information, and the latest on the changes coming to Cub Scouting, please navigate to It contains the most recent FAQ’s, transition guidelines, presentations and other materials to support the new program launch. 

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

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