By Darryl Alder
Aug 01, 2015

Pack Meeting Plans for the Next Program Year

According to Bryan Wendell, Scouting Magazine Editor, CubScouts.org, a new site worth its weight in (blue and) gold

Most Packs in the BSA plan their year to follow the traditional school year, while many LDS Packs use the calendar year. So for both of you here are the up-coming Pack Meeting Plans:

2015–2016 Pack Meeting Plans

Cub Scout SignWith the new Cub Scout program updates, I am sure you will notice that the Character Connection has been replaced with the Scout Law.  According to the National Council there are a few things you should consider with these plans:

First, there is a plan for each month that corresponds with a point of the Scout Law. In addition, each plan has a theme to help make the pack meeting even more fun! The plans do not have to be used in a specific order, but some do have reminders to include activities from the required adventures to help the Scouts earn their rank.

It looks like this is a great year, for sure, to help your Cub Scouts learn the Scout Law.

Tips for Utilizing the Plans

  1. Though pack meeting plans do not have to be taken in the order listed, you should look through all of them before at your Annual Program Planning Conference (see: NEW! BSA – Pack Annual Program Planning Conference Guide (PPTX)  which should happen in August or December, depending on which calendar year you are using
  2. Then make your Pack calendar   using this 2015-2016 template.
  3. Remember to include all of the points of the Scout Law each year. The pack planning meeting would be a good time to determine the order for the Law, which may also not necessarily match the order in the list above.
  4. There are pack meeting plans for multiple years posted on the national website. It is your pack’s choice of which one to select and which point of the Scout Law to feature each month.
  5. Because research and past experience suggest boys have a hard time sitting for very long, Pack meetings should not last longer than an hour. Adjust the plan to make it fit within that time frame for your boys and keep it fun, active, and engaging.
  6. The following adventures requirements suggest or require completion at a pack meeting. Please plan accordingly and work with your den leaders to plan when these activities will take place.
    1. Tiger
      1. Tigers in the Wild, requirement 5. Participate in an outdoor pack meeting or pack campout campfire. Sing a song and act out a skit with your Tiger den as part of the program.
      2. Games Tigers Play, requirement 3. Make up a new game, and play it with your family or members of your den or pack.
    2. Wolf
      1. Council Fire, requirement 6c. Create a den project from recyclables for a pack meeting.
    3. Bear
      1. Grin and Bear It, requirement 2. Working with the members of your den, organize a Cub Scout carnival and lead it at a special event.
      2. Grin and Bear It, requirement 3. Help younger Cub Scouts take part in one of the events at the Cub Scout carnival.
    4. Webelos
      1. Stronger, Faster, Higher, requirement 5. With adult guidance, lead younger Scouts in a fitness game or games as a gathering activity for a pack or den meeting.
    5. Arrow of Light
      1. Building a Better World (if chosen), requirement 10b. Set up an exhibit at a pack meeting to share information about the World Friendship Fund.
  7. If you can wear a costume to fit the theme of the meeting, all the better and remember, keep it simple and make it fun.

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Author:  Darryl Alder, which much help from the Boy Scouts of America | Cub Scouts webpage

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