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Leaders Dave Hadcock, Thuy Barron, and Kathy Mortl (from left) conduct a flag-lowering ceremony for Pack 3865.

in developing the program and launching its test phase in the Central Region. Surveys found that the most

successful dens were incorporating advancement into the meetings. “Kids told us that advancement was more fun than anything they were doing in their den meetings,” he says.

at a wooden model home the size of a dog house with a painted plume of fire issuing from its roof. Seven-year- old Scout Sunil Dass blasts the flame with perfect aim, “Take that, fire!” In the den’s sixth meeting of the

year this November afternoon, the Cub Scouts not only awed at Ruffin, they learned what to do when caught in a house fire and had fun climbing on a fire truck. They also checked off Wolf Handbook benchmarks, includ- ing six requirements for Achievement 4. “We did a lot, but I don’t think if you asked the kids they would know we did anything different,” says Den 8’s leader Thuy Barron. “They were

enthusiastic and really interactive.” But the den meeting was different. Mequon’s Pack 3865 got a jump

start on using the new Cub Scout delivery method that launches nation- wide this fall. The new program organizes Cub Scout handbook guidelines into lesson plans focusing on logically linked topics. These fall into a 16-meeting timeline that allows Cub Scouts to work together on rank achievements during meetings. “For many kids, this new approach

will look a lot like what they were doing before,” says Mike Surbaugh, Scout Executive of the Greater Pittsburgh Council, who was involved

development. That core program hasn’t changed. We now have a way to show parents how they can be engaged.’

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lies to work on these achievements at home, the new method stream- lines existing meeting options into organized Scouting lesson plans. The boys then work together toward rank advancement during den meetings. That change, say organizers, acknowl- edges the increasing demands on working parents and the demographic rise of single-parent households. “We encourage family involve-

ment,” says Bob Scott, an innovation coordinator for the BSA. But group participation, “is fun for the kids, and boys who advance with their peers are more likely to stay with the program.” In 2005, the BSA tested the rede-

signed Cub Scout meeting plans with 21 dens in Wisconsin’s Bay-Lakes Council. Among the findings, the col- lective retention rate of participating dens soared from 64 to 85 percent. These figures were confirmed when 1,117 dens, roughly 2 percent of those in the Central Region, adopted the program in 2007. In 2009, 9,980 dens used the new materials. BSA officials estimate that, when rolled out across the nation, some 350,000 boys may remain as a result. “This is the biggest thing we’ve seen in terms of keeping kids involved,” says Scott. Bay-Lakes Council’s executive

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