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What Will Change

Sixteen meeting plans will be laid out for den leaders in the new Den & Pack Meeting Resource Guide (Supply Group item No. 34409), organized so that Cub Scouts work together efficiently toward rank achievement. The guide, pictured at top right, also offers pack meeting outlines, as well as den meeting plans for all Cub Scout ranks. Get it at local Scout council service centers or find the den meeting plans at With the release of this guide, Scouting magazine will no longer publish the Program Helps insert.

The handbook-based program focuses on den meeting activities that lead to youth advancement.

The majority of advancement happens in the den, and the den leader signs the handbook. For in-home advancement, the

parent/guardian signs, and the den leader initials to acknowledge.

Den leaders receive specific den meeting plans to ease planning and enhance meeting organization.

Wolf/Bear den meeting structure includes seven steps:

1 Before the Meeting 2 Gathering 3 Opening 4 Business Items 5 Activities 6 Closing 7 After the meeting

Share/Discover/Search is no longer part of the Tiger Cub den meeting structure.

Themes (crafts/seasonally based) will

be eliminated. 

of an investment firm, inadvertently began the Cub Scouts redesign when she picked up theWolf Handbook in 1995, her first of 10 years as a den leader in Mequon. After reading it, she sorted out the achievement steps, paired them with related electives, and plotted her meetings for the year. Topics that were similar—safety lessons such as knowing who to call in case of an emergency—were combined into the same meeting, and active events that might involve sports, for example, were inserted into meetings with quiet activities to provide balance. “All I did was maximize efficiency,”

explains Cronin. “I did it in such a way that at every pack meeting, every month, each Cub Scout would receive something, a tangible sign of his achievement.” Leading the boys’ work on

advancement during meetings, she


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found den participation and enthu- siasm increased. “The boys loved receiving tangible recognition at every pack meeting, like badges and awards, and the parents were proud.” Proud parents also attended more pack events where the den leader had opportunities to recruit them to help out with volunteer needs.

More helpful parents and an annual lesson plan made her a happier den leader. The changes made volunteers’ jobs easier by reliev- ing them of planning each week’s activities. Throughout the year, the pilot Cub Scout program plots 16 den meetings—twice-a-month get-togethers not including pack meetings and activi- ties—that function as lesson plans. Each outline identifies: achievement aims, measur- ing “full” or “partial” progress

toward them; materials required; pre- meeting preparation; meeting steps from flag-raising to flag-lowering; and how to get ready for the next meeting. After five years of development, research, and testing, the new Cub Scout guidelines are ready for a national rollout. Rank advancement is based on activities laid out for the entire school year, a clearly sign-

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