Carolyn sent in this question:
Have you come up with a suggested way on how to follow the new Wolf program? It seems there is a lot of outdoor things that will need to be done before December and after March (in KY). I was looking at Running w/Pack, then Paws o/Path. I think it would be easier to cover as much of one adventure as possible and not mix them up. Any suggestions? Thank you.
You can do the achievements and electives in any order. What works best probably depends on your situation and what resources and programs are available in your area. The program year ends in May, so if you don’t do the outdoor requirements in the fall, you still have a couple of months in the spring to plan some camping and hiking.
My preferred method for scheduling Cub Scout adventures is to look at special programs available in my area and start with those. If I know my local nature center is having something in October which would help with Grow Something, I would put that adventure on the schedule. Also check with your parents. If you have a medical professional in your group and you want to ask her to help with Germs Alive!, then find out when she is available and schedule.
I always like to complete one set of requirements before starting another. It is just easier to keep everyone focused on accomplishing a few specific things which are somehow related.
Looking ahead, I suggest that for the next program year you schedule some of those outdoor requirements during the summer. Your council probably offers residential camps for Cub Scouts and those are a very fun way to complete the outdoor requirements as a den. This is especially helpful if your parents aren’t experienced campers. The camp staff will provide lots of support for you and help you have a great experience, even if you are a novice outdoorsman.
If you have experienced campers in your pack, plan a pack campout for next summer or fall. Our pack did a family campout in August and were able to help the Cub Scouts complete many of the camping, hiking, and outdoor cooking requirements then.
Readers, what are your ideas for the best way to work out a schedule for your den? Add your comments below.