By Boy Scouts of America
Feb 14, 2017

Program Modifications Increase Advancement Flexibility

With new modifications, Advancement leadership will want to note that the number of Adventures for Webelos and Arrow of Light have been significantly reduced. Webelos now needs 5 Required Adventures, and 1 Elective, and the Arrow of Light Rank is 4 Required Adventures and 1 Elective.

In June 2015, the Cub Scout program had many changes that naturally had an effect of Cub Scout Advancement. The Cub Scout Adventures were introduced to provide a new generation of Cub Scouts fun and adventure while growing through the aims and values of Scouting.

Now year into the new program, BSA has taken recommendations from the field to make the program more flexible for Cub Scouts and their leaders. According to Advancement News:

These modifications are designed to keep those Cub Scouts in the program and have them be successful in advancement. It is hoped that as leaders and parents embrace these changes the Cub Scout program will continue to provide quality experience sfor Cub Scouts for many years to come.

definitionThese modifications are listed  in this PDF:  CubScout Advancement Modifications, which point to the revised adventures and their respective requirements which  may be used with the current handbooks. As relevant changes to handbook content take place, subsequent editions will list those modifications.

The updates explanation says that “Most modifications involve the number of requirements to be completed, reducing the mandate to a number achievable within the limited time available to many dens, while retaining rich program options that allow leaders to build strong programs adapted to local needs and situations. Some rewording fosters participation by boys who could not otherwise completean adventure.”

Again, according to Advancement News

Leaders will find these changes provide more flexibility as they provide a program that supports advancement for all Cub Scouts. With the modifications, dens should be able to complete one adventure in approximately two den meetings. Similarly, adventures that previously required den or pack camping (unless the chartered unit does not allow camping) have been made more accommodating by giving options for either camping, day camp, resident camp, or an outdoor activity. Fewer required activities per adventure allow dens the opportunity to use the optional requirements to customize their program.

Both Cub Scout and Boy Scout leaders should note that there is a big change in the Arrow of Light required adventure: Scouting Adventure. This adventure had previously aligned with the Scout rank, the first Boy Scout rank. The Scout Handbooks states that:  “if the Scout completed the requirements as part of the Webelos Scouting Adventure, he must simply demonstrate his knowledge or skills to the Scoutmaster or other designated leader after joining the troop” Other than some minor word changes, the new modifications have removed the requirement that is found in the Scout rank, Also a few of the requirements have been made optional for completion of the Adventure, which are not optional as listed in the Scout rank.

Webelos leaders may want to make the extra effort to complete the optional requirements, and have the boys repeat from memory the Outdoor Code and explain what it means, to better prepare them when they cross over to Boy Scouts. New Boy Scouts can use this as an opportunity to make sure they fully complete those requirements that they did not do as Cub Scouts.

The following table shows comparison of Requirement 1 between the Boy Scout rank of Scout and the Cub Scout Arrow of Light Required “Scouting Adventure.”

Requirement 1 – Scout Rank
All requirements for Scout rank must be completedas a member of a troop. If you already completed these requirements as part of the WebelosScouting Adventure, simply demonstrate yourknowledge or skills to your Scoutmaster or other designated leader after joining the troop.
a. Repeat from memory the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout motto, and Scout slogan. In your own words, explain their meaning.
b. Explain what Scout spirit is. Describe someways you have shown Scout spirit by practicing the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout motto, and Scout slogan.
c. Demonstrate the Boy Scout sign, salute, and handshake. Explain when they should be used.
d. Describe the First Class Scout badge and tell what each part stands for. Explain the significance of the First Class Scout badge.
e. Repeat from memory the Outdoor Code. In your own words, explain what the Outdoor Code means to you.
f. Repeat from memory the Pledge of Allegiance.In your own words, explain its meaning
webelos handbookRequirement 1 – Scouting Adventure
Prepare yourself to become a Boy Scout by completing at least a-c below:
a. Repeat from memory the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout motto, and Scout slogan. In your own words, explain their meanings to your den leader, parent, or guardian.
b. Explain what Scout spirit is. Describe for your den leader, parent, or guardian some ways you have shown Scout spirit by conducting yourself according to the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout motto, and Scout slogan.
c. Give the Boy Scout sign, salute, and handshake.Explain when to use each.d. Describe the First Class Scout badge, and tell what each part stands for. Explain the significance of the First Class Scout badge.
e. Repeat from memory the Pledge of Allegiance.,In your own words, explain its meaning.Note that Scout Rank requires the Outdoor Code. Although it is not a requirement for Scouting Adventure for Webelos, it remains a requirement for “Outdoorsman” (formerly known as “Camper). Thus, Webelos will have done all the requirements for the Scout Rank.

 

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Author: Boy Scouts of America |Advancement News

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