Cub Scouting in LDS Wards and Branches
Cub Scouting in LDS-sponsored units is a family-centered program designed for boys ages eight through ten. (Girls are not included in LDS Cub Scout units). The boys are introduced to Scouting at age eight when they join the Wolf den of their ward’s Cub Scout pack. A new Cub Scout begins by earning his Bobcat badge. During his first year, the eight-year-old meets weekly with his den and works toward completing the requirements for the Wolf badge. The Wolf handbook has requirements that relate to the monthly Cub Scout themes. The Cub Scout will work on the requirements for that month’s particular “adventure belt loop” during den meetings and at home with his family. There are usually two or thee den meetings (one of which might be an outing) prior to the pack meeting, which is held at the end of the month. Families attend the pack meetings to support their Cub Scout as he performs and is recognized for his accomplishments that month. Each boy remains in the Wolf den until he turns nine, at which time he joins the Bear den.
In some very small packs there might be a combined Wolf-Bear den. During his year in the Bear den he works to achieve the Bear rank (including the seven or more adventure belt loops). When he turns ten, he joins the Webelos den and works on requirements for the Webelos badge and/or the Arrow of Light Award. The Arrow of Light is the highest rank awarded to Cub Scouts, but the only prerequisite is that the boy must earn the Bobcat badge when he first joins the pack. There is no prerequisite of having to earn the Wolf, Bear, or Webelos badge in order to earn the Arrow of Light. When he turns eleven, he will join the ward’s Boy Scout troop.
Cub Scout Overview
While watching this 6-minute BSA Cub Scout overview video. keep in mind that LDS packs do not have Tiger Cubs. Also be aware that boys join LDS 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 With the launching of the new Cub Scout leader training at my.Scouting.org, the videos have been replaced by the first set of Cub Scout Leader Position-Specific Training modules.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.
- Click HERE to access “Take the Required Training for Your Cub Scout Leadership Position,” a guide to navigating the complicated route to the training courses.
- 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 and get a preview of the new Cub Scout program coming out in May 2015. You’ll hear about 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.
- Planning and Preparing for Hazardous Weather: 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.
2017-2018 Pack Meeting Plans Available Now!
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.
- September: Courteous – “How the West Was Fun”
- October: Thrifty – “A-Camping We Will Go”
- November: Reverent – “Cubs Give Thanks”
- December: Kind – “Paying It Forward”
- January: Helpful – “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs”
- February: Cheerful – “Abracadabra!”
- March: Trustworthy – “Cub Scout Investigators”
- April: Loyal – “Cubs in the Future”
- May: Friendly – “Treasure Hunters”
- June: Obedient – “Wheel Into Summer”
- July: Brave – “Home of the Brave”
- August: Clean – “Destination Parks”
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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