I have been receiving a lot of questions like these lately:
Will you be updating your website to reflect the new Cub Scouting requirements that will start on June 1, 2015? ideas, etc for the new program? Thanks, Laura
Hello. Do you know with the new format for all the Cub Scout ranks, will there be new handbooks as well? I am a den leader and always like to get the next level handbook during the summer so that I can be ready for the new scouting year. Don’t want to purchase a handbook that is outdated. Thank you Dawn
I’ve been reading everything I can about the new Cub Scout Program starting in June 2015 since we do our own Day Camp for our cubs, we usually do quite a lot of their requirements during the four or five days of camp. One thing I haven’t been able to read up on is whether or not the academic and sports belt loops and pins are going to be discontinued or not. We usually have the boys earn their hiking and animal conservation belt loops and would like to include them in our schedule for our Day Camp, but don’t want to plan anything that won’t be available for the boys to receive at the end of camp. Other than that, your website is absolutely awesome and totally helpful! Thanks for having all the fantastic materials. Edwina
First of all, yes I am in the process of updating my site. If you look at the “Cub Scouts – New” menu, you will find links to helps and information for the new Cub Scout adventures. These are the adventures the boys will be working on for the next program year, starting in June 2015.
Yes, there are new handbooks and new den leader guides for the new Cub Scout program. As far as the availability materials, I recommend you check with your local Scout shop and find out what is available now and the anticipated dates when other items will be available. I have always found the employees at our Scout shop to be very helpful and knowledgeable. For harder to find items, they have ordered them for me and called me when they are in.
Yes, the Academics and Sports program is being discontinued as part of this program update. See this article from Bryan on Scouting for more information: Looping you in on the Cub Scout 2015 updates. In the new program, they work on different adventures for each rank. For Tigers, Wolves, and Bears they receive a belt loop when they complete an adventure. Webelos receive a pin when they complete an adventure. A Tiger and a Bear could not work on the same belt loop. There are different belt loops for each program level.
There have been a lot of changes to the Cub Scout program, from the new adventures to the phasing out of the Academics and Sports program to switching to using the Boy Scout salute, oath, and law. It can be difficult to transition from something we have all become used to. But I have to say I am excited about the changes to the program. I think they make more straightforward for parents and den leaders to understand what the Cub Scouts need to do to earn their badges. The Cub Scout program updates also includes a good variety of activities so boys will get to try new things.
Readers, what do you think? Add your comments below.