Sara asked this question:
I’m trying to gain advice. We have only about 8 female Cub between the grades of 1-5. I’m fairly certain that even after recruitment we will still have ot at least be divided 1-2, 3-4, and 5. If we have any lions we will work that out, Last year, we had all ranks working together since its not much fun with only 1-2 per rank. They all met requirements and are returning this fall. I’m planning the calendar, and to stick within the program electives and try to work them mostly together is pretty difficult. I know they can’t get awards for activities outside of the scout program, but can we dedicate meetings for stuff other than electives? My plans have every girl getting at least 1 beltloop each month so they will still meet rank requirements. But the younger scouts loved building stuff with the bears, the bears loved the fire station with the tigers, etc.. Many of the girls are there BECAUSE they don’t like arts and crafts or even STEM, and sadly there are still alot of electives that have that. They are there for the outdoor program and fire and the other “boy” stuff. Is this too far out there to plan activities that they wont get awards for but will still enjoy?
Sara, thanks for being a Cub Scout den leader! My short answer is YES! Go ahead and plan fun activities even if they don’t get to check off a requirement for it.
While advancement is an important part of the Cub Scout program, so is participating in fun group activities. Cub Scout learn social skills, try new things, and have fun together. So if they are having fun and enjoying the program, you are doing a great job!
In a mixed den, parents might need to help out a little more with advancement and do some of the requirements at home. Parents are allowed to do some of the requirements in a family setting and report to you that the Cub Scout completed it. If you focus on the things the Cub Scouts enjoy doing together and do the requirements which lend themselves to a group setting, your den will advance and will keep coming back for more.
Scouters, what do you think? Add your comments below.