Belt loops have always been the “bling” of Cub Scouting. Boys love these shiny symbols of their accomplishments.
That fundamental part of Cub Scouting remains when the new Cub Scout program debuts on June 1. In fact, it’ll only get better.
Adventure loops will replace belt loops. Boys must earn at least seven adventure loops on their way to each of the first three ranks: Tiger, Wolf and Bear. They must earn at least seven adventure pins on their way to Webelos and Arrow of Light.
But rather than wait until a pack meeting to present the loops and pins boys have earned, Cub Scout leaders should present them as soon after earning as is reasonable. Immediate recognition is important with boys of Cub Scout age.
That’s why the BSA today announces that an advancement report is not required to purchase Cub Scout adventure loops and adventure pins at local council service centers, national Scout Shops, or via ScoutStuff.org. (The news was first announced on Scouting Wire.)
Also, advancement reports won’t be required to purchase certificates (pocket or full-size) to be used to recognize boys who have earned their adventure loops and pins.
You’ll still need signed advancement reports to purchase rank badges, though. Read on for more details.
When will the new Cub Scout items be available?
Printed materials (handbooks, den leader guides, etc.) are on track for delivery to local council Scout Shops by May 1.
Adventure insignia for program recognition will be delivered 30 to 60 days later.
What are the requirements for the Cub Scout adventure loops and pins?
You can see requirements for all of the adventures — elective and required — on this PDF.
That’ll give you an idea of how much enrichment, character-building and fun you’ll have once the new Cub Scout program debuts June 1.
What happens to existing Webelos pins and Academics and Sports insignia?
Current inventory of existing Webelos pins and Academics and Sports insignia will be retained to support day camps and those boys who choose to complete their Arrow of Light requirements using the current handbook.
Where’d I get that image at the top of the post?
From this page, which has all of the graphics and images for the new Cub Scout program, ready for your use.