I hope everyone is ready! It’s here… That’s right, the new Cub Adventure Program is here. June 1st is the beginning of a new adventure. New books are now available at the scout shop.
If the scout shop doesn’t have one of the books that you need, check back as they will get continual new supply. Remember, there are over 10,000 cub scouts in the council who will need the information.
So, how do we implement this new program? The first big step is to make sure you have an annual plan in place. Each adventure could take a month to do (2 den meetings and an outing). You’ll want to plan to work on an adventure every month. Den Leaders will NOT have time to do required adventures multiple times in a year as in the past, so make sure you let boys and parents know when you’ll be working on those adventures.
The second step is to just make the jump. But what about <insert boy’s name> who only needs one more thing for his <insert rank>? Guidance from National BSA specifically addresses this transition. Webelos activity badges will continue to be available until supply runs out. But even better, National says that if a boy is participating actively in the den and has “done their best” following the Cub Scout motto, they should be awarded their rank advancement when they are ready to move into the next den. Even if they didn’t complete either the requirements on the old program or the new adventure program entirely, they should get their rank if they have been actively participating in den and pack meetings. They shouldn’t be punished because of the switch in programs.
See http://www.scouting.org/filestore/program_update/pdf/CS%20Program%20Transition.pdf for more information.