Jay sent in this question
I am currently the Bear Den leader, and have had four boys most of the year and they have all earned their Bear Rank. This past week I was lucky enough to have two more boys join our Den. How would you go about getting the new boys up to where they need to be without repeating/boring the original four? Thanks.
It is always wonderful to have new boys join a den. Given that there are less than three months left until they finish third grade and move on to Webelos, it is probably unrealistic to expect them to earn their Bear badge unless they are willing to do a good deal of work on their own.
Talk to the parents and the new Bears. Find out if earning the badge is a priority to them. If it is, then help them develop the plan to complete the work they need to do.
If they are not interested in catching up, don’t make an issue of it. Emphasize that Cub Scouts should be first and foremost fun. Working on the achievements should be enjoyable whether they result in a badge or not.
So if they want to do the extra work on their own and “catch up” that is great. Otherwise, there is nothing wrong with just having fun with the den and then starting work on Webelos when they finish third grade in a few months. In the current Bear program, only half of the achievements are needed to earn the Bear badge. Continue to work with your den on achievements the whole den has not completed yet.
Readers, what do you think? Add your ideas to the comments below.