Missed the Cub Scout webcasts? Here’s how to get up to speed


Thousands of your fellow Scouters watched the Cub Scout webcasts last weekend, and in doing so they left with a greater knowledge of the incredible changes coming to Cub Scouting this year.

Couldn’t tune in? No worries.

Use the links below to view the webcasts at your convenience. In half an hour, you’ll get up to speed on the new Cub Scout program and learn some recommended next steps.

I thought the webcasts were enjoyable and informative. They kept the focus where it belongs: Making the Cub Scout experience meaningful and fun for boys.

Here’s how to watch the webcasts and what to do after you watch.

Watch the Cub Scout webcasts


Next steps

  • Find roundtable content, handouts, requirements and tons of Cub Scout content at the BSA’s useful Program Updates page.
  • Begin unit annual planning now. All of the information needed, including requirements, are available now at that same Program Updates page.
  • Stay in touch with your roundtables, and know that even more supplemental information is coming. Don’t wait to plan, though!
  • Don’t keep this info to yourself. Please share what you know with your fellow Scouters. If you’re a district- or council-level volunteer or professional, please spread the word.
  • Watch for program materials coming May 1 in English and Spanish. They’ll be available in Scout shops and online.

Attendance numbers

So how many Scouters gave up part of their Saturday to watch the webcasts? Tens of thousands.

I’m told there were more than 17,300 connections to the webcasts throughout the day, but the real number of viewers is exponentially higher.

That’s because several groups of Scout leaders gathered at watching parties. A group of three or five Scouters gathered together around a computer counts as just one connection.

Tip of my cap

Congrats to the entire team behind these great webcasts, including volunteers Nancy Ferrell, Ken King, and Linda Vaughn and professionals Bob Scott and Darin Kinn.


  1. You should see if they can make “A Brief History of Cub Scouting” video available for people to download and use at Blue and Gold’s and other public events.

  2. Our district was one that did the group view thing, and I have to say, we were kind of disappointed. The webinars really just confirmed what we already knew. We were hoping for more details. We spent the time between broadcasts going through the “Adventure Requirements and Insignia.pdf” and that was a LOT more informative. Really excited about the new program. They have sure upped the ante! (Now, if National will just keep to their timeline and have the printed materials ready in time, everything will be fine.)

  3. Bryan, Can the video for the excellent video intro be made available separately for leaders to download and use at things like Blue and Golds etc. It is extremely well made and as leaders we’d like to highlight this to our parents, especially when beginning the discussion with our units about the new program. Thank you!

    • Hawkwin: It was mentioned in at least one of the Webcasts. End of first quarter 2015 for requirements; published materials by the end of second quarter 2015.

  4. I started to watch the Den Leader version of the video (didn’t finish due to a local time conflict). The video has about 18 minutes of test color bars, which make you think that nothing is happening. Just slide the time bar to about 18:10 and start watching.

  5. How does one download and save these? I have very slow dial-up at home. I can take a few minutes on break at work, and download stuff to watch later at home, but my breaks aren’t long enough to actually watch these on-line.

  6. Does anyone know if the Salute and Sign are changing as well? As we start to teach the boys the Scout Promise, will they now use 3 fingers instead of 2?

  7. It seems like the Arrow of Light has been cheapened. This was the top award that carries with the boy into adult hood. I earned mine as a boy and only after completing loads more than a few adventure loops. That award should only be awarded, since it helps with rank in BSA and is a knot worn by adults, to those that have completed the program in it’s entirety. In my humble opinion, it’s a slap in the face to all that worked hard to reach that award.

    Enough negative…I like the changes to the program and think this will help the boys stay excited about it. I have seen packs start with 70+ boys in the fall and by Christmas, they are down to 40 due to lack of excitement and fun. Like any change, time will tell on the success of it, but from what I see, it should pass with flying colors.

    • SunnyFireDawg: I appreciate the enthusiasm for the new program materials, but I wanted to follow up with the “cheapen” comment.

      The purpose of the Arrow of Light (and under its previous name as the Webelos Badge) has always been to prepare Cub Scouts to become Boy Scouts. The requirements have evolved over time; the time available to earn it changed over time (three months before a boy’s 11th birthday was the practice when I was a Cub Scout).

      And…unlike the Eagle Scout rank and other Boy Scout ranks, the Arrow of Light rank is not cumulative in the sense that one has to earn all of the preceding awards. The practice in Cub Scouting has been to develop age-appropriate awards for a boy to work on during a brief span of time. Decoupling the Arrow of Light award from the Webelos rank makes the AOL more consistent with the other CS ranks.

      Note also that there is a surprisingly large number of boys who join Cub Scouts in grade five. We wanted to prepare them to become a Boy Scout during their brief time in Cub Scouts. Establishing a rigorous and self-contained Arrow of Light award was seen as opportunity to do that.

      The requirements in the new program are designed to better prepare a boy for entry into Boy Scouting. I’d encourage you to look at the current requirements – and the new approach, which is delivered through earning seven challenging adventures. The level of rigor has been increased, in order to better prepare Webelos for Boy Scouting.

      We know that the overall transition from Webelos into Boy Scouting is very high – typcially 80+ percent across the nation. But six months later, a huge percentage of the recent Webelos have left Boy Scouting. The design and the intention is to help Webelos better understand what they will experience in Boy Scouting in order to make the transition – and ultimately the retention – better than before.

      Best wishes,

      A Volunteer Scouter with the Cub Adventure Team

  8. I heard the STEM program will be updated in April according to Cubmaster New Program Orientation. Is there a grandfather period or will some requirements be grandfathered?

    • Kevin: Transition information will be included when the new STEM requirements are released.

      Best wishes,

      A Volunteer Scouter with the Cub Adventure Team

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