PACK ADMIN & TRAINING TIPS
WOLF CUB SCOUT,
BEAR CUB SCOUT, AND WEBELOS SCOUT HANDBOOKS TO BE REVISED
My council recently received a letter from
Alan Westberg, Director - Cub Scout
Division, BSA, about upcoming revisions to the Wolf, Bear and Webelos Books.
He states the change is part of efforts to help leaders deliver a
quality Cub Scouting program and to ensure that Cub Scout materials remain
current and age-appropriate. The content of the current handbooks has been
enhanced. They have been updated for relevance to today's youth,
appropriateness of content, ease of use, and perceived challenge to the
He continues, “We have maintained many of the current
elements in these books that have proven successful during the past. We have
eliminated topics that have become dated and do not challenge today's Cub
Scouts and their families. Some specific revisions are as follows:
Integrated Character Connections (that draw on Cub Scouting's 12
Core Values) directly into selected requirements in each book
Infused age-appropriate outdoor program activities into both the
requirements and the electives in each book.
Enhanced the advancement and elective trails to create a
progressively more challenging pathway that logically prepares boys for the
next rank in Cub Scouting and prepares Webelos Scouts for Boy Scouting
Reformatted and enhanced the Webelos handbook, particularly, the
Webelos badge and Arrow of Light Award requirements.
In an effort to assist you end your leaders with the
transition from the current handbooks to the new handbooks, we have created
the following implementation plan.
The enhanced Wolf, Bear end Webelos handbooks will be released
to the field in July 2003.
The enhancements to the requirements in these books will not
affect the advancement trails of boys who are using the current books. They
are to continue using their current books until they have completed all
requirements in those books.
Based on availability, Cub Scouting youth members may use either
the current handbook or the new handbook. As boys enter the program or advance
in rank by the dates indicated below, they are required to use the new books.
Boys who become Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts after August 1, 2004, will be
required to use the new book for the corresponding rank.
Boys who become Webelos Scouts after August 1, 2005, will be required
to use the new Webelos Scout Handbook.”
The letter concludes by recommending that the transition
information be given to your Cub Scouting leaders and families before public
announcement about the new books to help alleviate any concerns regarding the
need to switch from the current handbooks to the new ones.
Comment from Commissioner Dave –
This sounds really good to me. I see more outdoor
activities for our Cub Scouts. That uses Scouting’s strengths. I see help
for Leaders in understanding how their activities fit with Cub Scouting’s Core
Values and Purposes. There is an article in the March–April 2003 Scouting
Magazine that begins to explain Character Connections, Core Values and Cub
Scouts. There is a BSA Bin item, # 13-323A, referenced in the article as a
resource to learn more. When requested, Bin items are provided free from
National to your local council. So ask your District Exec or Local Council to
get you a copy. It looks like most of the brochure’s info is at
http://wtsmith.com/rt/ethicsinaction.html. There are now requirements in
the National Den Award and Cub Scout Leader Recognition Plan for Character
Connection Activities. The literature stresses the point that Character
Connections use the regular activities but focus on the Core values. I am
looking for activities to use as examples for my roundtables. If you have info
for me on this, write me at
SAFE SWIM DEFENSE
Talking about Swim Parties
for your pack. Your Pack should have several adults certified in BSA’s Safe
Swim Defense and Safety Afloat. (We conducted this course at our May
Roundtable). Many Boy Scout camps offer this training every week in the
summer to Boy Scout Leaders in attendance. With a phone call to your local
camp, you might be allowed to attend one of these.
If you don’t know what the
BSA eight point Safe Swim Defense Plan is, check out the Webelos Aquanaut
section of this month’s Baloo’s Bugle. And make sure your pack gets someone
certified before conducting water activities.
LEAVE NO TRACE
With Hiking the theme for July a many of Packs and Dens will be out in Camps
and Woods and Parks exploring. BSA has published a Cub Scout Version of the
Leave No Trace principles. It is available as a bin item, # 13-032. (When
requested, Bin items are provided free from BSA National to your local
council.) Go ask for your copy.
The brochure describes six
for Cub Scouts to follow while hiking, camping and enjoying the outdoors.
There is even a Cub Scout Leave No Trace award with a patch for Cub Scouts and
leaders to earn.
Making sure our leaders and Cubs are familiar with theses principles should
enable our Cubs to be complimented wherever they go and help us recruit even
It’s that time of year
when Packs should be scheduling their Summer Planning Meeting. My district’s
Program Launch is early June and then my Pack has it’s meeting in July.
Several years ago we started having a swim party, picnic & bar-be-que for all
the Leaders. My daughter and other’s older children and spouses are the
“child care specialists” and lifeguards (My daughter is a certified Red Cross
Lifeguard). It increases attendance, rewards the leaders for their work and
gets the task accomplished. Think of ways to have fun planning out your
year. This planning session is vital for the success of your pack. There are
excellent instructions for the Annual Summer Planning Session in the Cub Scout
Program Helps and the Cub Scout Leaders’ Book. This session will help ensure
A well-rounded program
A calendar of events throughout the year that can be given to
current members and prospects.
Incorporation of council and district sponsored events into your
Minimal conflicts with dates from other organizations
FUN, FUN, FUN for boys and adults
Time to plan activities, ceremonies, pack meetings, trips,
costumes and other things around the monthly themes
Time to plan and recruit participants for Pack family camping