The Hidden Treasure in the New Cub Scout Program
â€œI really want to thank you for asking me to help lead our Cub Scouts meetings this month. I would never have volunteered, because I didnâ€™t think I could be comfortable doing it in English. This was so much fun, I am really excited to do more!â€ --Pack 35 Tiger Cub Parent Melinda B
Cub Scout Leaders, how are your dens and packs finding the new Cub program that launched this year? This year is my second go-around as a den Leader and my first with the new Cub program. The new program has been wildly popular in my den because of the way it is broken into distinct monthly â€œadventuresâ€ each with its own belt loop award. My ten energetic Tiger Cubs love exploring a new topic each month. The ever-changing theme keeps attendance at our twice-monthly den meetings high, and the depth of the requirements seems just about right--enough to challenge the boys but not so much as to stress the leaders.
But the best, hidden treasure in the new Cub program is how well-suited it is to get Cub Scout adult partners (parents, usually) involved. At the very beginning of the year, I created this sign-up sheet. (Please feel free to download and use/modify for your own den.) It lists all the monthly adventures, both required and elective with a brief description of each topic. It asks each family to sign up to help lead in two required and two elective adventure areas. We explained that at each den meeting, we would have two families take on leadership of the main meeting content, as well as bring the snack that ends each of our meetings. The regular den leaders would conduct the opening and closing and help maintain order. We also promised to help the Cub Scout adult partners prepare for the meeting in advance, so they donâ€™t plan too much or too little in the time available.