Cub Scouting is a family-centered program designed for those in kindergarten through 5th grade. Kindergartners work toward the Lion rank. A first grader, and anyone beyond that grade who is new to Cub Scouting, completes the Bobcat Badge prior to working on their grade-specific badge of rank. Kindergartners do not work on the Bobcat Badge. On the advancement trail, a Cub Scout progresses towards a badge of rank based on their grade. They need not have earned the previous rank in order to earn the next. Each of the ranks in Cub Scouting has its own requirements that are age appropriate, so earning a rank below a Cub Scout’s current grade is not permitted. As a Cub Scout advances through the ranks, the requirements get more challenging, to match the new skills and abilities they have learned. The kindergartner meets with their den and an adult partner and works on adventures required to earn the Lion rank. The first grader continues to meet with their den and an adult partner as they work on adventures to earn the Tiger rank. The second grader joins the Wolf den, and completes more adventures on their way to earning the Wolf rank. The third grader joins the Bear den, where they learn new skills and have lots of fun while preparing to become a Scout. They continue working on adventures on their way to earning the Bear rank. The fourth grader joins the Webelos den as they complete additional adventures. Once they earn their Webelos rank as a fourth grader, or when they become a fifth grader, their ultimate goal is to earn the Arrow of Light, the highest rank in Cub Scouting, and the only rank badge which they may wear on their uniform when they join the Scouts USA troop. Ideally each den will meet weekly, and once a month in a pack meeting in which all the dens participate. Each year in Cub Scouting the Cub Scout and their parent, guardian, or other caring adult will complete certain exercises in which they discuss how to avoid and report child abuse. Cub Scouts in the first grade and above must earn the Cyber Chip Award (Internet safety instructions) appropriate to their age.
Cub Scout Overview
While watching this 6-minute BSA Cub Scout overview video. keep in mind that Church-sponsored packs do not have Tiger Cubs. Also be aware that boys join Church-sponsored packs at age eight and advance to the next den by age, not by school grade or Primary class.
- The “Fast Start Training” videos for all Cub Scout leader positions USED to be the first online training for new Cub Scout leaders. With the launching of the new Cub Scout leader training at my.Scouting.org, the Fast Start videos have been replaced by the first set of Cub Scout Leader Position-Specific Training modules. Instead of Fast Start, new Cub Scout leaders should take all the modules in the Before the First Meeting segment.
- To find out how to take this new training, click on the next bullet below: Required Training for Your Position.
LEADER POSITION-SPECIFIC TRAINING IS REQUIRED for all Cub Scout leaders.
- You are ready to learn more about your duties and responsibilities as a leader working with Cub Scouts. Most Cub Scout leader training is available online at my.Scouting.org, and should be completed within 60 days of being called.
- To find out what training is required for most Scouting positions, click on the BSA’s “Trained Leader Requirements: Unit and Other Positions.”
- To be considered “Trained,” leaders must take the appropriate leader position-specific training. Fortunately most of the training for leaders serving in Cub Scouting can be taken online and doesn’t have to be completed in one sitting. There is training for den leaders and assistant den leaders; Cubmasters and assistant Cubmasters; and pack committee chairmen and committee members.
- There are three segments in each course: Before the First Meeting, First 30 Days, and Position Trained. There are short modules (5 to 10 minutes each) in each of the three segments, for a total of about 20 to 25 modules.
- To take position specific training go to my.scouting.org > Menu > Learn Center > Cub Scouting > Program Specific Training > CS19-Cub Scouting > Take training for your position. You could also view “Take the Required Training for Your Cub Scout Leadership Position,” a guide which, although somewhat out-of-date, may help you in navigating the complicated route to the training courses.
- Effective April 30, 2018 direct contact leaders must also complete Hazardous Weather Training to be considered position trained.
- Pack committee chairs and members will be considered “Trained” after completing either the online position-specific training for pack committee members (at my.Scouting.org) OR the new, interactive (and more fun), live course, Pack Committee Challenge (C60), offered by some district and/or council training teams.
- Pack trainers will be considered “Trained” after completing pack committee member position-specific training (either the 22 online modules or the live Pack Committee Challenge, C60) AND Fundamentals of Training (D70) in a live classroom setting, offered periodically during the year by districts and councils. Because pack trainers need to be familiar with all pack positions, it would be worthwhile for them to complete the online modules for den leaders and Cubmasters. There are only 7 more online modules, in addition to the 22 already required for pack committee members. Having completed all the Cub Scout leader training modules, pack trainers are better able to advise and assist all other leaders in the pack.
CUB SCOUT ROUNDTABLE:
The Cub Scout roundtable is a lively monthly training event sponsored by the district designed to help leaders carry out a successful Cub Scout program in their dens and packs. At roundtable you will receive information on BSA policy, upcoming district and council activities, and training events. Most Cub Scout roundtables have breakout sessions for your specific position (Cubmasters; committee members; and Wolf, Bear, and Webelos den leaders). At roundtable you’ll have the opportunity to share experiences with other Cub Scouters and enjoy fun and fellowship in a relaxed and interactive environment.
SUPPLEMENTAL TRAINING: To take these and many other online training courses go to my.Scouting.org > Home > My Dashboard > Training Center > Other > Supplemental Training.
- Hazardous Weather Training: Effective April 30, 2018 new direct contact leaders must complete Hazardous Weather Training to be considered position trained. This training is required for at least one leader who is going with your unit on any outing or activity. The course is online and must be repeated every two years. The training takes about 40 minutes to complete and is recommended for all adult leaders and den chiefs.
- Safe Swim Defense: Required by at least one leader (preferably all adults) on outings involving activities that include swimming or wading in water over knee deep (that’s not very deep for a short Cub Scout!). The course is online and must be repeated every two years.
- Safety Afloat: Required by at least one adult on outings involving more than just swimming (boating, tubing, waterskiing, and so on). The course is online and must be repeated every two years.
Wood Badge is Scouting’s premier training course. It was designed by Lord Baden-Powell to enable Scouters to learn the skills and methods of Scouting; it is “learning by doing.” Those attending the course are divided into patrols consisting of about eight adults. The patrols form a troop. The entire troop lives in the out-of-doors for a week (or for two weekends), practicing Scouting skills, such as fire-building, camping, cooking, tying knots and lashes, and so on.
Many councils offer a “Sunday-friendly” course, over two weekends from Thursday through Saturday. This allows leaders in LDS units and other religious organizations to return home on Saturday night so they can attend their regular Sunday services.
Charles W. Dahlquist, former Young Men president, had this to say about the value of Wood Badge:
“If we are really intent in touching the lives of our young men. . . then we will do whatever is necessary to help us to accomplish that—including getting trained. For most of us, Wood Badge is life-changing because it has to do more with vision and understanding this great tool for strengthening young men of the Aaronic Priesthood than anything else (“The Importance of Wood Badge Training,” LDS Relationships Newsletter, Vol. 2, No. 1, February 2007). To view the entire article, click here.
To learn more about Wood Badge training and how you can attend, contact your local council office or check your council’s website.
- Watch this 5-minute Boys’ Life Subscription Promo for LDS Scouts and Parents. Boys’ Life magazine only costs $12 a year for 12 fantastic fun, fact- and adventure-filled issues. That’s just a dollar each–such a bargain! Boys’ Life fees are paid by the individual family of each Scout. What a great idea for a gift from Mom and Dad (or Grandma).
- Visit the BSA’s Cub Hub~This Is Cub Scouting and Cub Scouts websites
- Visit lds.org – Scouting in Primary
- Visit lds.org – Leader Roles and Responsibilities
- Visit lds.org – Frequently Asked Questions
Cub Scout Handbook Addendums
Below are direct links to the 2017 addendums:
Wolf Requirement Modifications: https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/cubscouts/pdf/Wolf_Addendum.pdf
Bear Requirement Modifications: https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/cubscouts/pdf/Bear_Addendum.pdf
Webelos/AOL Requirement Modifications: https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/cubscouts/pdf/WEBELOS_AOL_Addendum.pdf
(Note from National BSA – www.scouting.org has been re-launched under a new platform, one that is more mobile friendly. During the conversion we removed over 100 pages in Cub Scouting alone that were out of date, some by over five years. Any bookmarked pages someone may have had on scouting.org will no longer work until they re-bookmark them.)
Position-Specific In-Person Training Guides Available Now!
The online training for den leaders, Cubmasters, committee chairs and members, and chartered organization representatives has been totally updated with help from volunteers from around the country. The new training is divided into shorter, more targeted modules so leaders can get the training they need, in the order they want, any time they need it. The new training is organized around the information needed prior to the first meeting, in the first 30 days, and to be position-specific trained. This new training was developed in conjunction with the BSA’s new Learning Management System (LMS). BSA’s LMS is accessed by clicking on Menu, then My Dashboard on my.Scouting.org after you log on. Then click on the My Training tab, then on the Training Center tab, then select Cub Scouting, then the applicable Cub Scout Learning Plan.
Pack Meeting Plans have been discontinued!
From the Cubmaster’s Minute to resource lists, you’ll find everything you need to lead fun and engaging pack meetings! Click here for prior years’ pack meeting plans.
Updated Requirements for Cub Scout Awards
The requirements for the National Den Award, National Summertime Pack Award, Cub Scout World Conservation Award, and the Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award have been revised to reflect the new Cub Scout program. CLICK HERE for details on all Scouting awards.
Youth Handbook Covers
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