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Cub Scout Program Updates

Cub Scout Program Updates

Exciting News for Cub Scouts in 2024-25! Get ready for some fantastic updates as we enhance the Cub Scout program. This coming year will positively change the Bobcat badge, Cub Scout Adventures, Webelos, and Cub Scout Awards. From a revamped Bobcat Adventure to improved Cub Scout Adventures and a reimagined approach to Webelos and Arrow of Light, these changes are designed to make the program even more engaging and age-appropriate for youth and more accessible and streamlined for adult leaders.

Some highlights include:

All Cub Scouts Awards will be reimagined and included as Cub Scout Adventures. Topics like camping, STEM, and range and target sports will remain and are reimagined into elective Adventures that can be used towards earning a badge of rank.

Cub Scout Adventures have also been aligned across grade levels to make it easier to deliver the program to multi-grade dens or as a Pack.

Each Cub Scout rank will require a Cub Scout to earn the six required Adventures and two elective Adventures. Required Adventures reflect the aims and focus areas of the BSA. The number of elective Adventures increases.

Bobcat will no longer be a badge earned at joining. It will become a required Adventure for each rank and will be completed yearly. The requirements for the Bobcat Adventure are different for each grade to make them age-appropriate.

Webelos and Arrow of Light will be separated. Webelos becomes the 4th-grade program in Cub Scouting. Webelos dens for 5th graders are now Arrow of Light dens focused on skills that prepare Cub Scouts to join Scouts BSA.

The changes will take effect officially on June 1, 2024.

Crossroads Outfitters Update

Due to upcoming program changes, Crossroads Outfitters will carry a limited stock of items set to be retired by the end of May. We are happy to facilitate orders for retiring items, pending national supply availability. Pre-payment may be required, as these items won’t be returnable.

Starting April 1, we won’t accept returns on retiring items. Units are urged to review current inventories and plan for needed awards through May’s end. While we expect to fulfill retired awards until May, restocking is impossible once supplier stocks are depleted. Please know the April 1 return deadline for the listed retiring items.