Cub Scouting has some requirement modifications released this week that make our jobs as leaders simpler. Read more about how they’ll affect your den.
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Brand New Cub Scout Requirement Updates Increase Flexibility for Den Leaders and Families
By John Hovanesian, M.D.

Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America, Dr. John Hovanesian, is a seasoned Scouter and blogger who shares tips and tricks to help your family get the most out of your Scouting experience. Follow him @DrHovanesian.

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My favorite job in Scouting (I have three) is being a Cub Scout den leader.  The group of nine Wolf Cubs that I co-lead with fellow parent, Lisa, is even more fun than a bunch of Labrador retriever puppies, though only slightly less messy. 

The updated Cub Scout requirements released back in 2015 have been great for us, as I have blogged before, because they allow greater shared leadership with parents. They are designed for a den to complete one “adventure” every month, with each adventure exploring a subject like physical fitness, environmental responsibility, or good citizenship. As they should, the requirements gradually become more challenging as the boy grows through the ranks.

So what’s wrong with these 2015 requirements? Nothing major, but for dens like ours who meet twice a month it’s sometimes difficult to get through all the requirements in just two meetings. This has caused some dens to fall behind in advancement.  So the national executive committee of the Scouts has approved an update allowing leaders more choices in how to meet the requirements. 

Those updates, along with comparisons to the old version of the requirements, are available at this link. I think you’ll like what you see. Fortunately, it won’t be necessary for Scouts or leaders to buy new program materials, as all of the updates will be downloadable on the national program updates page.

I’m really pleased that our national Scouting organization has listened to volunteer feedback in drafting these requirement updates, and I hope they’ll help your den, like ours, to worry less and have more “fun with a purpose” in Scouting!


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