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Arrow of Light Adventure Plans -- The Complete Den Leader Guide, and Comments and Ideas from the District Cub Trainer ...

The attachments on this page have all of the Adventure Plans for Wolf Rank Adventures -- Required Adventures in the attached pdf and Elective Adventures in this attached pdf -- and on our main Cub Scout Meeting Plans page, we've attached the Introduction Section to each Den Leader Guide (which is exactly the same in each Guide, except for a few pages about the specific Adventures for Tigers, Wolves, Bears and Webelos, so we've added each of those pages all in one place) and the Appendix of Resources (which is exactly the same in each Guide).  And in the attachments, and the notes below, here's some ideas and comments from the District Cub Leader Trainer (who helped with the design of this new Cub Scout Advancement program ... and who has some ideas about easier delivery of that program, including "better to have more fun and adventure with family participation than to have more meetings!") ... let's make the most of your time with your boys, whether after school, in the evening or on weekends.

And don't forget ... the Bobcat and First Meeting Adventure Plans found on the resource page called Getting Started Tips: Plans for First Meetings + Bobcat may be a better and easier way for you to start your Den's program and ensure that your new Scouts earn the Bobcat Rank (there are two meetings there ... with a lot of returning Scouts, it could be one).

So, here's commentary about the "Easy Button" way to do these Arrow of Light Rank Adventures, including ideas about how to do them with fewer "after school" or evening meetings (that are often hard for parents to do) and more completion on weekends "at campouts" or weekend daytime activities when more parents can participate (note: use these shortcut "Easy Button" approaches only where you need it ... there's lots of good activities in the Leader Guides of the Arrow of Light Rank Adventures that -- when parents share the leadership of activities -- will make the program so much better for the boys).  If you have questions, email the Cub Leader Trainer.

Update:  as noted on this page, on November 30, 2016, modifications to Cub Scout Advancement requirements were announced that make some elements optional, that revise the language of some requirements, and that re-number some requirements.  You can follow the original Handbook requirements, or use the revised versions.  Comments are on that page as a Guide to how to proceed (scroll down to the attachment that goes rank by rank).  Comments are also added to the Required Adventure Plans attached here, with inserts about what changed and how you might approach the changes.

Here's ideas on the Arrow of Light Rank Adventures -- these have a lot of great outdoor activities perfect for weekends (note: don't have 4th Grade Scouts do these ... it will make it harder for "new guys" to join at the start of 5th Grade ... let all of the 5th Graders do these then) -- and so if you aspire to be a TOPRATE Cub Scout Program (a "Totally Outdoor, Parent Run, Actively Targeting Excellence" Den), there's great ways to do that here:

  • Building a Better World is a "required" adventure, with citizenship stuff, flag etiquette, laws and governments and budgets and stewardship ... so this has a lot of ground to cover (pages 8-16 in the attached pdf, 79-87 of the Guide).  
    • How many meetings: this may deserve two prep meetings plus the field trip.
    • Can this be a TOPRATE (outdoor, multiple parents involved) Adventure?  Uh, well, this one doesn't cry out to go outside, but ... if you want to do better than a classroom chat, build this around a visit to a historic place or a government facility, ideally where you can have your "government leader" meeting.
  • But some of the prep for better world, like activity planning, can lead to Camper -- a "required" adventure that's all about (you guessed it) camping and camping skills ... safely and with fun.   While there are two "advance" meetings, that could really be one advance preparation meeting, so that you do more on your campout (pages 17-35 in the attached pdf, 89-107 of the Guide).  
    • How many meetings: easily done as one Prep Meeting, plus a Campout if you do a lot on the Campout.
    • Can this be a TOPRATE (outdoor, multiple parents involved) Adventure?  Absolutely.  How are you going to do a Campout and not be outside.  Even any "prep meeting" should be mostly outside to set the tone.
  • Like other "faith" required Adventures, "Duty to God in Action" will probably be an "at home" adventure, because faith beliefs in Scouting are determined by the family -- everyone's duty is different (pages 36-37 in the attached pdf, 109-110 of the Guide).  
    • How many meetings: easily done as zero meetings -- all at home.
  • Scouting Adventure is a "required" adventure, covering basic Boy Scout knowledge, plus troop visit and troop operations knowledge (hey ... Troops are boy led, time to let your Scouts know they will be in charge soon), and a Troop outdoor activity (pages 38-51 in the attached pdf, 111-124 of the Guide). 
    • How many meetings: fair to cover in a prep den meetings, plus a Troop Meeting, plus the outdoor activity.
    • Can this be a TOPRATE (outdoor, multiple parents involved) Adventure?  Could be, if you and the Troop are into the outdoors.  No reason why the activities can't be done outside better than inside.  

So, there's your Four Required Adventures ... add add one more (that was changed 11/30/16, down from three more) from the list of 18 Elective Adventures found in the Handbook and Meeting Plans for the Arrow of Light Rank Adventures, and with the Cyber Chip program your son will earn the Rank.  Some of those electives should be very very easy to do on weekends, like Aquanaut (all about swimming and water safety) and Sportsman, but every parent in the Den should look at those Arrow of Light Rank Adventures and find one that fits your passion, hobby or history!

  • Cub Trainer Note:  if I were a Webelos Den Leader with a bunch of busy parents (or sharing the leadership with a bunch of busy parents), I could have one "after school" or evening meeting a month, to set the "required" Adventures, and I'd do the rest on the weekends with big events.  And have extra meetings as volunteers step up.
  • Note:  don't "aim" to do "just the minimum" ...
  • ... where your parents / extended families / teachers you recruit / field trips you schedule find more Arrow of Light Rank Adventures to do, do them!
  • Your kids are kids only once ... enjoy every adventure!

The Webelos Elective Adventures (also available for 4th Graders) are:

  • Adventures In Science is about SCIENCE (pages 8-19 in the attached pdf, 127-138 of the Guide)
  • Aquanaut is about SWIMMING and BOATING (pages 20-31 in the attached pdf, 139-150 of the Guide)
  • Art Explosion is about ART (pages 32-37 in the attached pdf, 151-156 of the Guide)
  • Aware and Care is about Disabilities Awareness (pages 38-45 in the attached pdf, 157-164 of the Guide)
  • Build It is about Carpentry (pages 46-51 in the attached pdf, 164-170 of the Guide)
  • Build My Own Hero is about Citizen Heroes (pages 52-58 in the attached pdf, 171-177 of the Guide)
  • Castaway is about WILDERNESS SURVIVAL (pages 59-68 in the attached pdf, 179-188 of the Guide)
  • Earth Rocks is about Geology (pages 69-80 in the attached pdf, 189-200 of the Guide)
  • Engineer is about Engineering (pages 81-88 in the attached pdf, 201-208 of the Guide)
  • Fix It is about HOME REPAIRS (pages 89-96 in the attached pdf, 209-216 of the Guide)
  • Game Design is about GAMES (pages 97-104 in the attached pdf, 217-224 of the Guide)
  • Into the Wild is about NATURE (pages 105-114 in the attached pdf, 225-234 of the Guide)
  • Into the Woods is about FORESTRY (pages 115-120 in the attached pdf, 235-240 of the Guide)
  • Looking Back, Looking Forward is about Your Own Timeline (pages 121-129 in the attached pdf, 241-249 of the Guide)
  • Maestro is about MUSIC (pages 130-137 in the attached pdf, 251-258 of the Guide)
  • Moviemaking is about MOVIEMAKING (pages 138-143 in the attached pdf, 259-264 of the Guide)
  • Project Family is about FAMILY LIFE (pages 144-150 in the attached pdf, 265-271 of the Guide)
  • Sportsman is about PLAYING SPORTS (pages 151-158 in the attached pdf, 273-280 of the Guide)

For more ideas, or questions, or comments, feel free to email the Cub Leader Trainer.