|LDS Cub Scouts|
|Buffalo Grove Illinois Stake|
A Resource for LDS Cub Scout Leaders
Updated eTraining - LDS Scouting (Green Book) & LDS Cub Scout Position Specifics
You can download a free Cub Scout Story at Pinewood Derby Winners (PDF). I can send the Kindle version if you e-mail me at Jo@LDS-Scouting.org (Sorry, I could not get the mobi version to download from this site.)
I love to write! With my LDS Cub Scout Program more or less complete, I decided to write books for Cub Scouts, at least until the new Cub Scout Program is available next year. The first is A Fishy Adventure that is available from Amazon and the second A Campfire Story should be out in March 2014. Meanwhile, I plan to write a short story every month to introduce the points of the Scout Law. This month I focus on cheerful and having a positive attitude. Be warned; all of my writing is a combination of fact and fiction, so in my short story I included my rules for running a Pinewood Derby (which you can skip.) A Fishy Adventure is about fishing and Arkansas. A Campfire Story is about Leave No Trace and Vermont.
To sign-up to receive an email when a new story is finished, go to LDSCubScouts.org and complete the form provided.
Resources and programs for LDS Cub Scout Leaders. All LDS Cub Scouts can advance! In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we excel at retention and advancement. This Web site is designed to help implement a quality program where all of our Cub Scouts advance and have FUN!
A full year of updated (2013) Lesson Plans are available. This web site has PDF files you can download and print. The Parent's Calendar is updated and in sync with the program outlined in the Den Meetings. It is a great tool for introducing the monthly core values and providing parent's with the scout's "homework."
Word documents for the Den and Pack Meetings are available on a separate Website - LDSCubScouts.org.
This program allows a new leader to start the job running not stumbling. It allows a couple leaders to run the program and have fun without the worry of forgetting something important.
Advancement that correspond with the Den and Pack Meetings.
Support Documents that outline the program and help the leaders prepare for meetings.
Monthly Overview with all requirements covered during the month.
Pack Meetings and Den Meetings (lesson plans) that correspond with the monthly themes (January - May and September - December.)
Summertime Packets for parents and leaders to use as needed.
The key to the program is in the Excel Spreadsheet Annual Planning Calendar. Note the sheets that outline the boy's birthday and the month he can receive the advancement he is working on. This program eliminates the last minute rush to complete requirements. It also enables the LDS Webelos to easily earn all twenty Activity Badges; without putting undue stress on the Webelos leader.
The 2012 Version of Scouting in the Church is available to download from www.lds.org.
"Can we sell popcorn?" My interpretation of 8.13, Funding for Scouting, “Commercially produced or packaged goods or services should not be sold,” is that the Unit or Church does not sponsor popcorn sales or any other commercial products. That does not preclude individual boys from selling popcorn to raise money for his Scouting needs. Just as he can have a paper route, sell lemonade on a hot summer day, or mow lawns. It is a decision that the parent makes to help their son learn life lessons. When my children were young, they all had jobs where they learned the value of working and earning money that they could manage.
(Online training may take a few minutes to load and start playing.) LDS Essentials and LDS Position Specific
To provide the best program and ensure that all LDS Youth advance in Scouting, we adapted the New Cub Scout Delivery Method from National so it works well for a typical LDS Pack.
Look at an LDS version of the Cub Scout Delivery Method. Send your ideas and suggestions to me, Joanne Osmond at Jo@LDS-Scouting.org.
The LDS Delivery Method explains how to implement the Cub Scout program in an LDS Unit.
To help parents and leaders, the Parent Guide provides an overview and the Monthly Guides provide details and assignments for the boys to complete at home. The Monthly Guides can be given to parents at the beginning of each month.
No boy should wait six months before he begins to work on his rank. The BSA's new delivery method is difficult for boys whose birthdays fall between February 1st and August 1st. They would work on electives for months before they start working on their achievements in September.
To qualify as "trained," a Cub Scout Leader must complete:
- Youth Protection
- Position Specific Training
Go to www.MyScouting.org to complete the training. Youth Protection may be taken without your BSA member number. You will receive it after you complete the registration process. You can then complete This Is Scouting and Position Specific Training in addition to several safety classes.
LDS Cub Scout Specific Training is available on this web site. Contact Felicia Brandt at Felicia.Brandt@ADP.com. She will record you training with NEIC.
Be a trained leader! The Youth deserve the best you can be!
If you have a question about LDS Scouting, don't hesitate to ask. Send an e-mail to jo@LDS-Scouting.org .
The LDS Delivery Method includes:
- An overview of the program
- Monthly details of the programs
- Pack meeting plans
- Den meeting plans including alternatives Wolf and Bear Home Assignments
- Webelos summary
- Tracking Sheet for Den / Pack Requirements
The keys to successfully adapting the Cub Scout delivery method to LDS units are:
- Involving the boy’s family through effective communication and providing clear directions on what to do at home.
- Tracking the boy’s progress and adapting the program to meet their needs.
- Identifying alternatives to the outlined program when the boys have already completed the suggested activities.
Utilizing the Cub Scout Sports and Academic Belt Loops and Pins to augment the boy’s activities in Den and Pack meetings. The boys are in the Cub Scout program for three years so the Pack can rotate between Soccer, Kickball, and Flag Football and cover each once every three years. Other forms of recognition (patches, stickers, beads, feathers, etc.) can be used when boys complete the requirements for a belt loop or pin.
The delivery method is built with assumptions that are typical of Scout units in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- Boys enter Scouting and advance to the successive years on their birthday: Eight -> Wolf, Nine -> Bear, and Ten -> Webelos. When the boy enters the program, he will earn the rank of Bobcat regardless of his age. Once he earns the Bobcat rank he can work on the age appropriate achievements associated with his rank.
- Many LDS Packs are relatively small with approximately five to ten boys. At some point in time, there may not be any boys working on one of the ranks and it is common for only one boy in the rank. All boys may meet in one room to ensure two-deep leadership at ALL times.
- Bear and Wolf Dens are combined and Webelos meet separately (often in the same room) whenever possible. Boys may meet together for most of the time then work separately on individual projects in the same room. This delivery method offers parallel tracks so boys can work on similar requirements and advance in their own rank will working in a small group.
- When the Ward covers a large geographic area, Den meetings may be held at the Chapel at the same time as the Young Men and Young Women meet. Often the Den meetings are every other week, alternating weeks with the Activity Day girls. The meetings are the same length as the Young Men/Young Women which is generally 1½ hours. The activities planned in this delivery method are designed to cover multiple requirements and fill that time. If the Den meeting is longer or shorter, the program can easily be adjusted to meet the local needs.
- The Cultural Hall is shared with the other organizations using the building. An Annual Pack Planning meeting held in the fall allows time to plan events that require the use of the Cultural Hall so it can be reserved a year in advance. Pinewood Derby, Scout Dinner, Basketball Belt Loop, and Cub Scout Olympics are a few of the events that may require a larger space than the Primary room.
- Pack meetings are designed to publicly recognize achievements and progress made by the boys. Boys can show their family what they have accomplished through skits, magic shows, displays, and presentations. It is also an opportunity for the entire family to join in the fun. For example, when the Pinewood Derby is a ward event everyone in the Ward is encouraged to build a car and race it. Blue and Gold dinners should be Scout dinners so Cub Scouts see Boy Scouts receiving their awards and rank advancement.
- Parents and families are willing to work on assignments with their son during Family Home Evening and other times when appropriate to strengthen the family. The activities planned for Cub Scouts are fun for the entire family so they are not a burden but an opportunity to grow in the Gospel.
Joanne Osmond, Jo@LDS-Scouting.org
These documents are a collaborative effort among several Wards.
If you have additional information and suggestions, please feel free to send comments to Jo@LDS-Scouting.org.
This is not an official site of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or of the Boy Scouts of America.