When you found out the Boy Scouts of America was changing Cub Scout adventure requirements, you may have screamed a little in your head.

After all, we’re humans, and we like consistency. We sit in the same chair every day at lunch. We wake up at the same time every morning. We eat at the same restaurant when given a choice. Plus, we absolutely hate Facebook updates.

But, don’t fear. Only a few modifications were made to the adventure requirements, and they really are better. I promise.

Have questions regarding the new requirements? The Boy Scouts of America answered your top questions in a recent article.

Here’s some of the points they gave:

Why were these modifications made?

Extensive feedback from the field indicated that many dens were finding it difficult or impossible to complete the adventures required for advancement. In a survey conducted in September 2016, only 36 percent of the dens with eight boys in a den completed the adventures required to advance in rank by the end of the 2015-2016 program year.

Do dens have a choice about whether to use the modifications during this program year?

Yes. A den may choose to continue with the previous adventure requirements or to use the modifications for some or all of its adventures.

Will Cub Scouts still receive credit for work they have previously completed?

Yes. Any completed requirements should be recognized and will count toward the rank advancement. No requirements need to be redone.

Do age/grade level guidelines and tenure requirements continue?

Yes. Program levels correspond to school grades: Tigers for first grade, Wolves for second grade, Bears for third grade, Webelos for fourth grade, Arrow of Light for fifth grade. Tenure continues as in the recent past for Webelos (“Be an active member of your Webelos den for three months.”) and Arrow of Light (“Be active in your Webelos den for at least six months since completing the fourth grade or at least six months since becoming ten years old.”).

These changes will be made efficiently and will benefit your Cub Scout– everything will be okay.

As best-selling author Robin Sharma says, “Why resist change when it’s the main source of growth?”

If you are interested in learning more about what the Cub Scout adventure changes are, this is a great article!

Also, if you feel the need to express concerns or hopes below, we encourage you to do so.

Michelle Carpenter
is a reporter for the Voice of Scouting and a marketing associate for The Utah National Parks Council. Her father, husband, and brother are all Eagle Scouts, so she firmly believes some of the best men did Scouting.

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