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  1. Cub Scouts 2010 Operational Overview 1/21/2010

  2. Agenda • 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

  3. The Ideal

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

  5. One leader with a handbook Series of notes = den meeting plans Focus on handbook activities in the den Bay Lakes Council Experience

  6. Pilot Test Results Average Increase In Retention = 20 Percentage Points

  7. What Do Den Leaders Think?

  8. 2008 + Central Region Pilot 11,000 dens signed up

  9. For the 2010-2011 Program Year THE method of Cub Scout delivery supported by National Council!

  10. 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

  11. 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 & training

  12. 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:

  13. What’s Changing? • Majority of advancement happens in den (not a change for many) • 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) • Share/Discover/Search no longer part of Tiger Cub den meeting structure

  14. 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 method • Revised Position Specific: • New online version for den leaders, Cubmasters and pack trainers • Continued support for in-person, PowerPoint version

  15. What Is Changing? New Den & Pack Meeting Resource Guide Replaces the annual Program Helps Designed as “one-stop” resource for den leaders & Cubmasters Available online and via Scout Shops

  16. New Resource Guide Table of Contents See Handout 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

  17. 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 follows:

  18. 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

  19. New Cover Structure Clear Space for Title Strong Cub Scout Branding “Scouts” evokes “Cubs” are part of something bigger Correct Brand Identity

  20. Lots of “white” = inviting Image to represent Cub Scouting’s Spirit Where appropriate image will reinforce content Each book will have different art/image

  21. Rollout

  22. scouting.org/cubscouts2010 What, Why, When, How Sample of Resource Guide Pages & Cover Video of Mike Surbaugh’s from Top Hands, Top Hands Breakout, and Operations Summit Presentations Questions and Answers to Most Volunteer & Professional’s Questions Available via Supply or as high res PDF Summarizes rational, pilot history, benefits, etc.

  23. Rollout Schedule - Publications

  24. Rollout Schedule - Training

  25. So What’s In It For Cub Scouting?

  26. Your Role To EnsureSuccess • 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 • Aggressively promote the website to staff and volunteers. • Newsletters • Websites • Emails to all volunteers • Ensure that the delivery change is part of key training and planning meetings for 2010.

  27. What’s The Opportunity? 20% Point Increase In Retention X 2008 Cub Scout Membership = 350,000 Additional Youth Served

  28. Cub Scout questions?