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Cub Scout Program Transition Information

Boys who join the Cub Scout program on June 1, 2015, or later must complete the Bobcat requirements listed below before earning the rank badge for their school or birth year.

Current Cub Scouts do not need to re‐earn the Bobcat rank.

Bobcat Requirements

1. Learn and say the Scout Oath, with help if needed.

2. Learn and say the Scout Law, with help if needed.

3. Show the Cub Scout sign. Tell what it means.

4. Show the Cub Scout handshake. Tell what it means.

5. Say the Cub Scout Motto. Tell what it means.

6. Show the Cub Scout Salute. Tell what it means.

7. With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide—Bobcat Requirements.


Cub Scout Adventure Program Transition for Traditional Units

Transitioning to the Revised Program

The revised program goes into effect on June 1. Boys who join on or after that date will complete the new Bobcat requirements and then start on the appropriate rank for their age group (Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos or Arrow of Light). Similarly, returning Cub Scouts will move to the next rank in the revised program when their program year starts. (The transition works a little differently in packs chartered to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.)

Boys who have earned the Webelos badge and are moving to Arrow of Light this summer or fall have two options:

  1. They may continue to work out of the current handbook and complete the old Arrow of Light requirements, or
  2. They may begin using the new Webelos Handbook for Arrow of Light.

If they choose option 2, they must complete the four required adventures; their three electives may come from the new adventures or from activity badges they earned under the old program but did not use to fulfill Webelos rank requirements.

NOTE:  Active tenure requirements for Webelos (3 months) and Arrow of Light (6 months) have not changed.























The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter‐Day Saints New Adventure Program Transition Recommended approach:  

The following are guidelines approved by the BSA National Council to address the way in which LDS chartered units operate. Please review the following while remembering to Keep It Simple, Make It Fun!

1. Make every effort to have boys close to completing their badge of rank prior to May 31. After this time, they can go on to experience the new program for the balance of their time in the den.

2. Every boy who has not completed his badge of rank by May 31 will complete his badge of rank with some mix of achievements from the current program and adventures from the new program. We should not be troubled by this. The constant is that these boys will have experienced a fun, family‐oriented program delivered by adults who care about them.

3. Plan now for the program you want for your den and pack in the future. Using the new program, plan the required and elective adventures you want to be delivering from June forward—this program year and into the future. Take into account school and holiday schedules, local climate and pack considerations, etc.

4. Beginning in June, have fun with the new program! Use the plan created in No. 3 and the soon‐to‐be‐available den leader guides to plan your individual den meetings.  All boys may begin using the new program as early as June 1st but should be on the new program no later than the beginning of their 2015/2016 Scouting year – typically when school starts.

5. Give your boys credit for the work they have done through May 31 in the current program and credit for what they will do in the new program from June forward. And when they reach their birthday, award them their badge!

Planning for the New Program:  

Considering the guidelines above, planning and annual program using the new adventures is straight forward.  Begin by mapping out an annual program using the new program materials.  The fundamental planning process is as follows:

  • Seven adventures are required to advance for each rank.
  • The required duty to God adventure at each rank is completed at home by the boy and his family and should be assigned to the family for completion.
  • Calendar the remaining required adventures keeping in mind local community, school, stake and local council events and commitments.
  • Plan and calendar electives to fill out a year‐round program taking into account the interest of the boys in your den and their families.
  • Review your den’s plan with your Cubmaster for their input and to coordinate with pack meetings as needed.
  • Have fun!

When a boy is ready to move to the new rank on his next birthday, you may award his badge of rank.  During the transition time, boys will have completed a combination of current program achievements and new program adventures.  This is acceptable during the transition year.    Keep it simple.  Make it fun.  Do what is best for the boy.


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