Supporting the New Cub Scout Program
How Can Councils Support the Advancement Program?
Advancement within the program has been upgraded, making the transition from Tiger to Wolf to Bear to Webelos and Arrow of Light even more exciting. Encourage your leaders to deliver the program with fidelity by using the new program materials provided to them and utilizing training resources. And take note that the role of camping supports, not usurps, the process of advancement. When you infuse advancement opportunities with fun, boys will be motivated to move forward in the program.
What Can You Do to Support the Outdoor Program and Aquatic Adventures?
The new program is packed full of enhanced outdoor content. After all, having fun in the outdoors is exactly what Cub Scouts have told us they want! First and foremost, the boys want camping and fun- so don’t just tell them about it, give it to them! Even if overnight camping isn’t an option, day camping is just as fun. If you’ve got new campers in your pack, involve Scouts who have already been camping to serve as role models. And keep in mind that many Scouting events involve water activities, so understanding water safety is critical. Scouting is a natural place to provide improvement in swimming abilities, both as an instructional body and as an experienced based skill.
At the Council level Cub Scouters should:
- Continue to support training for leaders (BALOO, Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills – Webelos) to assist units in providing the outdoor adventures we promise.
- Continue providing day/resident camp experiences that capture the imagination and deliver the program we promise.
- Hold Council/District events to support pack and family camping and elective adventure requirements
Grow Membership in Exciting New Ways
- School night recruiting that includes fun activities (not just talking!) for prospective Scouts so they can get hands-on with Scouting before they even join
- Empower Scouting families to share their Cub Scout stories and how it’s made a difference to their Scouts.
- Challenge Cub Scouts to bring a friend.
- Having trouble securing permissions for recruitment events in schools? Consider pairing up with a Girl Scout Troop! Sometimes school officials are more open to the idea of an event when you include other organizations.
- Don’t limit your pack recruitment to schools- explore other options in your community too!
Updated Cub Scout training is on its way and will be available by the end of June. The Cub Scout Learning Library is also coming your way and will be ready for you later this summer. So now that your more familiar on how to utilize the new program, how can you introduce the changes to others (parents, your council, etc.)? First, point them here and then direct them to Scouting.org/programupdates.
Do you have more questions about recruiting or are you looking for tools and resources? Check out the new Marketing & Membership Hub. There you’ll find a ton of information including information about our new recruitment campaign, “Build an Adventure.”