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2015 Program Changes to Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts!

posted Jul 8, 2014, 1:39 AM by Richard Lebel   [ updated Jul 8, 2014, 1:46 AM ]

Just when you thought you figured it out, they went and changed everything! Just joking. BSA has been talking about revamping Scouting since 2010 and it looks like the new program is going to be great for everyone.  These changes impact all Scouting organizations, not just Cub Scouts.  In 2014 Venturing was revamped, 2015 Cub Scouts, and 2016 Boy Scouts.  

What do I need to know?

1. The kick off goes into full effect until Sept 2015; however, you will start to see material at the Scout Store in early 2015. If your son is a Sr. Weblos, the changes made will be transparent to you as he will complete Cub Scouts under the current program and see the changes in 2016 with the Boy Scouts.  

2.  What is changing?

• Oath & Law
• Tiger Cub becomes Tiger with new image
• Arrow of Light will no longer require earning Webelos
• Activities – more active, more aligned with Aims/Mission
• Advancement – simplified
• Academics & Sports program discontinued (5/15)
• Current immediate/elective recognition devices replaced
• One Den Leader Guide per rank

3.  What is not changing?

• Family focus
• Ranks or approach
• Ages (or genders)
• Den/pack meeting structures
• Outdoor program
• Delivery model
• Fun – even more than before

4.  Do not buy and current Scouting books.  We have everything that you could need/want.  A lot of the material in print today will likely be replaced next year.

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