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Themes will be replaced by a monthly focus on the 12 core values of Cub Scouting:

September 2010 Cooperation October 2010 Responsibility

November 2010 Citizenship December 2010 Respect January 2011 Positive Attitude

February 2011 Resourcefulness March 2011 Compassion April 2011 Faith May 2011 Health and Fitness June 2011 Perseverance July 2011 Courage August 2011 Honesty

posted path that discourages

alterations in the curriculum. “For the new den leader, this will dramatically increase confidence as it gives them a plan to execute,” predicts the BSA’s Scott. “It’s a place to start.”


new, the program remains the same, says Mike Surbaugh. “Cub Scouting forges character development. That core program hasn’t changed at all. We now have a way to more clearly define and show parents how they can be engaged and make a value difference to their children.” Cronin, whose three sons achieved

the rank of Eagle Scout, praises the existing handbooks and views the new program as a matter of delivery. “The handbook contents were brilliantly conceived to develop leadership and other character competencies,” she says. “By completing the rank achieve- ments and many of the electives, a boy would develop skills and values that are essential to becoming the kind of adult I hoped he would become. None of that has changed.” Den 2 leader Russell White, of Pack 3817 in Grafton, Wis., agrees.


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What’s Not Changing?

Traditional elements of the Cub Scouting program (purpose, methods, core values, etc.)

Rank achievements, badges, beads, and belt loops. The same Cub Scout skill progression prescribed by the Tiger, Bear, Wolf, andWebelos handbooks remains the guiding principle of the program.

Pack meeting structure

The role of roundtable in communications and training

He has been using the new materi- als for the past year. “The program puts electives together so that there’s reinforcement and learning. Every time you go to point B you go back to point A and say, ‘I remember that.’ It’s focused on education and accomplishment.’” In his newly refinished basement,

White, assistant den leader Angela Harvey, and a dozen boys gather around an expansive worktable one evening in early November. They’re making a gift (Wolf Handbook Elective 9b) and learning the song “America” (Elective 11a). Photos of the boys in uniform are central to the gift, to be inserted in wooden frames they are painting tonight. The elective was paced to have the boys’ gifts ready in time for the December holidays. “The new meeting plans seem to

be more structured but with all of the fun included,” says assistant Cubmaster Keith Valerius. His son William is a Den 2 member. Den leader White insists that,

despite his success with the new materials, he’s not a by-the-book guy. The Eagle Scout admits he was more inclined to spend time with his Cub

Scouts exploring the woods, which forced the group to scramble to meet handbook goals before the blue and gold dinner in February. Now he has a playbook. “The meeting plans keep me busy” he says, “but I don’t have to plan them.” The Cub Scouts have done their

own parts to keep White busy. In the past year his den has grown from 10 to 16 boys. “This meeting is controlled and

productive, and Mr. White is so much fun the kids love it,” offers Debbie Dlugopolski, mother of Cub Scout Sean Dlugopolski, as the children listen to Woody Guthrie singing “America” to learn the words. Brian Garcia’s 7-year-old son, Josh,

recently joined the group after hearing about it from classmates. “He’s really excited, and he’s learning so much, so fast,” says the father, ticking off the Bobcat requirements Josh mastered recently. “There’s a sense of commu- nity here, and it’s something that will stick with him forever.”¿

MARIE BARTUSEK has contributed arti- cles to many national publications such

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