Cub Scouts 2010 - Boy Scouts of America

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					Cub Scouts 2010

Operational Overview
•   Cub Scouts: Image vs. Reality
•   Pilot Test Results
•   What Changes (and doesn’t)
•   Rollout Schedule & Available Support
•   Benefits Reminder – Your Role
•   Update on Merit Badges & Awards
     The Ideal


Fun Pack
   Reality Challenges the Ideal
Societal Obstacles       Reality Reflected in Data
• Changes in family      • On average, dens meet
  structures               2.4 times per month
• Increased demands on   • Less than 30% of den
  parental time            leaders attend monthly
• More competition for     Roundtables
  boys’ interest         • Less than 1 in 3 CS
• Shift in new leader      leaders buy or are
  expectations/style       provided Program Helps
                         • Peak membership was
                           1972, declining 1%/year
                         • National retention levels
                           are around 65%

        • One leader with a handbook
        • Series of notes = den meeting plans
        • Focus on handbook activities in the den
              Pilot Test Results
                              Council(s) Prior     Pilot
Pilot Phase     Units/Dens
                              Year Retention     Retention

2005-2006             20              65%            86%

2006-2007             178             63%            85%

2007-2008            1117             64%            89%

  Average Increase In Retention = 20 Percentage Points
   What Do Den Leaders Think?
Satisfied with the ease of preparation
(87%) and the den meeting activities (86%)

    Over 60% of den leaders were more
    confident working with their boys.

        Den leaders more satisfied with their role
        (97% pilot; 88% non-pilot)

             Almost all (95%) would recommend using
             Fast Tracks to another den leader
2008 +
     Central Region Pilot

     11,000 dens signed up
For the 2010-2011 Program

THE method of Cub Scout
 delivery supported by
   National Council!
    What is Cub Scouts 2010?
• It’s Cub Scouts (the 2010 is when it starts)
• It’s a method of delivering the existing
  program that is handbook based and
  focuses on den meeting activities leading
  to youth advancement.
  – Recognizes shift in family dynamics by
    moving MOST advancement into the den
  – Provides den leaders with specific den
    meeting plans to ease planning and enhance
    meeting organization
      What’s Not Changing?
• Foundational elements of the Cub
  Scouting program (purpose, methods,
  core values, etc.)
• Youth handbooks, achievement activities
  or advancement requirements
• Pack meeting structure (7 steps)
• Role of Roundtable in communications &
                What Is Changing?
• Themes as we know them (craft/seasonally based) will
  be eliminated
• Themes will be replaced by a monthly focus on the
  twelve core values of Cub Scouting:
     September 2010    Cooperation      March 2011       Compassion

     October 2010      Responsibility   April 2011          Faith

     November 2010      Citizenship     May 2011      Health and Fitness

     December 2010        Respect       June 2011       Perseverance
     January 2011                       July 2011          Courage
     February 2011    Resourcefulness   August 2011       Honesty
              What’s Changing?
• Majority of advancement happens in den (not a change for
   • In-den advancement: den leader signs handbook
   • In-home advancement: parent/guardian signs & den leader initials
     to acknowledge
• One Cub Scout den meeting structure (7 steps – Wolf/Bear)
                            All Ranks
                        Before the Meeting
                          Business Items
                        After the Meeting

• Share/Discover/Search no longer part of Tiger Cub den meeting
                What’s Changing
• Training is changing to recognize:
   – The change in delivery method
   – The increasing time pressures on our volunteers

• New Fast Start for Den Leaders and Cubmasters
   – Less Scouting history, BSA organization and administration
   – More about how to run den/pack meetings and use the new delivery

• Revised Position Specific:
   – New online version for den leaders, Cubmasters and pack trainers
   – Continued support for in-person, PowerPoint version
What Is Changing?
         • New Den & Pack
           Meeting Resource
         • Replaces the annual
           Program Helps
         • Designed as “one-
           stop” resource for
           den leaders &
         • Available online and
           via Scout Shops
New Resource Guide Table of Contents
                   • Light introduction into
                     Cub Scouting (not to
                     replace Leader Book)
                   • Tips and suggestions
                     on den meetings,
                     pack meetings, using
                     the Guide
                   • Den meeting plans
                     for ALL Ranks
                   • Pack meeting plans
                   • Resources
    Resource Guide Availability
• Current Fast Tracks den meeting plans are available as
  meeting-by-meeting download at no charge.
• New plans and the Resource Guide will be offered as
    Option                      Pricing    Description/Functionality

                                           Download plans individually. This is
      1. Individual Item
                               No Charge   the functionality/pricing today with
        Download                           Fast Tracks.

      2. Full Resource Guide
                                 TBD       One download, full book, all ranks
      3. Purchase Physical                 Physical Resource Guide, three hole
        Resource Guide                     punched, shrink wrapped.
                 What’s Changing?
New Covers for Leader Publications
• Project started with design of the cover for the
  NEW Den & Pack Meeting Resource Guide
• Review of existing publications
   – Significant diversity of look
   – Lack of compliance with current brand standards
   – Text dense interior content

• Broadened objectives:
   – Provide a cohesive look across leader publications which presents
     BSA as a knowledgeable, training-smart organization
   – Leverage best-in-class practices in educational and training
     publication to assure materials are easy to read, understand and find
     for volunteers
New Cover
                                                      Clear Space
                                                        for Title

 Strong Cub Scout Branding

           “Scouts” evokes “Cubs” are part
                of something bigger

                             Correct Brand Identity
Lots of “white” = inviting

Image to represent Cub Scouting’s

Where appropriate image will
reinforce content

Each book will have different

What, Why, When, How
  Sample of Resource
       Video of Cover
  Guide Pages &Mike
     Questions and Top
   Surbaugh’s fromAnswers
     Hands, Top Hands &
      to Most Volunteer
       Breakout, and
    Professional’s Questions
    Operations Summit

 Available via Supply or
     as high res PDF
  Summarizes rational,
 pilot history, benefits,
Rollout Schedule - Publications
Publication             Nature of         Timing/Comments
Den & Pack Meeting      New               3/15
Resource Guide
CS Leader Book          Major Re-write    3/15 w/ new cover, shorter with
                                          less duplication
CS Roundtable Guide     New               3/15 w/ new cover
Advancement Committee   Minor             1/2010, subsequent reprint will
Policies & Procedures                     have new cover.
CS Academics & Sports   13 new awards     1/2010, subsequent reprint will
                                          have new cover.
CS Leader How To Book   No changes        New cover @ next reprint
Webelos Leader Guide    TBD               5/2010 w/ new cover
Youth Handbooks         Minor revisions   As Supply requires (Summer 2010+)
  Rollout Schedule - Training

                  Training                       Timing/Comments

    Fast Start Training for Den Leaders &
                                                    April 2010

Position Specific Leader Training (PowerPoint)      April 2010

  Position Specific Leader Training (Online)        May 2010
So What’s In It For Cub Scouting?
        Your Role To Ensure Success
1. Talk about the benefits of the change to your
   councils and districts.
    •   Increased retention/more youth served
    •   More fun for the boys thru advancement activities
    •   More satisfied den leaders/easier to plan and run meetings
    •   Easier for a new volunteer to get started
2. Aggressively promote the website to staff and
    •   Newsletters
    •   Websites
    •   Emails to all volunteers
3. Ensure that the delivery change is part of key
   training and planning meetings for 2010.
 What’s The Opportunity?
  20% Point Increase In Retention
  X 2008 Cub Scout Membership
= 350,000 Additional Youth Served

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