Tag Archives: Cub Scouting

By Annaleis Smith
Mar 07, 2017

Den Chief – How the Troop and Pack Can Help Each Other

The Troop Helps the Pack While the Pack Helps the Troop Senior Patrol Leader. Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. Patrol Leader. Troop Guide.  Den Chief. Historian. OA Rep. Librarian. Quartermaster. Bugler. Scribe. Instructor. Chaplain Aide. Webmaster. Outdoor Ethics Guide. Junior Assistant Scoutmaster.  According to page 420-421 of the current Boy Scout Handbook (13th Edition), these are all […]

By Annaleis Smith
Dec 20, 2016

Benefits of Cub Scouting

I was looking for something totally unrelated to this topic on the BSA website and came across a page titled “The Benefits of Cub Scouting”. I thought there were some really good points made. Since I hadn’t seen this before (or at least I don’t remember it), I thought maybe some of you would enjoy […]

By Annaleis Smith
Dec 13, 2016

New Cub Scout Program Modifications – What you need to know

On November 30, 2016, BSA released a document on scouting.org/programupdates which outline some modifications to the Cub Scout program based on feedback from the first year of program use. (The Cub Scout program received a major overhaul and design changes released in 2015.) This article is designed to “jump-start” your understanding of the top 6 […]

By Annaleis Smith
Oct 25, 2016

Six Pillars of Cub Scouting

The Six Pillars of Scouting are not new to anyone who has read this blog for very long. I’ve also heard them called the “Six Pillars of Being Prepared” or “Why Scouting Matters.” I think I first read them back in 2014. I liked them, but… I am a Cub Scout leader and didn’t feel they really […]

By Darryl Alder
Sep 27, 2016

How Can We Involve Families in Cub Scouting?

Cub Scouting is different from soccer or 4-H in that it emphasizes a family connection that features parents as Akela, or the leader of the pack. As such, there needs to be a special partnership between the Wolf and Bear Scout and an adult partner, no matter if it is mom and dad, mom or dad, stepparents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, or any […]

By Annaleis Smith
Aug 23, 2016

Mechanics of Advancement in Cub Scouting

This article will take a quick look at the mechanics of advancement in Cub Scouting. Think of it as “How-To Advance in Cub Scouting.” Most of the information was taken directly from the BSA’s Guide to Advancement.  I have added a few notes and re-worded a few things. I hope this will help you understand the basics of how a […]

By Annaleis Smith
Aug 16, 2016

BSA Parent’s Guide to Youth Protection

Youth Protection – How To Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide. That’s the name of the 23-page booklet in the front of every boy’s handbook (Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos and Boy Scout). Each rank has a specific requirement for the boys to complete the exercises listed therein with their parents. There are two versions […]

By Annaleis Smith
Aug 15, 2016

Commissioner College is…

What is Commissioner College? Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow is a full day of training specifically for Cub Scout leaders and the University of Scouting is a full day of training with classes specifically for Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity and Venturing leaders.  A College of Commissioner Science or Commissioner College is a full day of […]

By Annaleis Smith
Aug 09, 2016

Pack Committee – Why Every LDS Ward Should Have One

Does your pack/ward have a pack committee? When teaching about the pack committee I often ask this question.  In my experience, too many answer no to that question. In my many years of teaching at roundtable, I have often heard “We don’t have a committee,” to which I usually answer “You DO have a committee or […]

By Annaleis Smith
Aug 02, 2016

Lions coming to Utah Valley!

I previously reported that Tigers had been seen in the Utah National Parks Council—well here come the Lions! Lions and Tigers and Bears—Oh My! Lions and Bobcats and Tigers and Wolves and Bears and Webelos—Oh My!  That’s right; the BSA has a new addition to the lineup of Cub Scout dens. The Lion program was […]

By Maloree Anderson
Jul 25, 2016

Cub Scouts with Special Needs

During the 2016 University of Scouting, I attended a class that focused on Cub Scouting with special needs. The class was taught by Deann Torsak, whose son has high functioning autism (Aspergers). She introduces herself as someone who does not have any formal special needs training through education; she does, however, have experience through co-managing a special […]

By Annaleis Smith
Jul 12, 2016

Cub Scout Purposes – Sportsmanship and Fitness

Cub Scout Purposes – In a continuing series we are taking a look at some of the reasons WHY Cub Scouting is important and relevant as well as HOW we achieve those purposes. This week’s article will be about Sportsmanship and Fitness – (Click on links below to read about the other purpose of Cub […]