Please note that these changes have now been overridden by further updates made in December 2016. Check out 2016 Cub Scout Updates for more info.
I think I’ve mentioned before that part of my calling in Primary is to help out with Cub Scouts when needed. I’m working on organizing some stuff for our pack and I just put together tracking sheets for our Wolf, Bear, and Webelos dens. I know lots of people like to track this with online software, but I am old school. I really like to have a copy in my hand to look at!
These tracking sheets are all based on the brand new handbooks and requirements which take effect June 1, 2015. The new materials are available online and at my local scout shop, though, so I’m starting to get comfortable with the new requirements. I’ve been neck deep in this stuff for the last several days, so I thought I’d leave a few notes for clarification.
First, the worksheets are meant to be used for each cub for a year. In LDS troops, that is all dependent on the cub’s birthday, so in the top of every section is a spot for the name of the cub scout and their birthday. I included the Bobcat requirement check off on the Wolf Adventure Tracking sheet because this is normally when an LDS cub scout completes this requirement (because we don’t do Tigers). It is possible to earn this patch if you start cubs as a Bear or Webelo, but it’s not included on those tracking sheets.
These worksheets are meant to be printed in color because I included tiny images of all the new belt loops, pins, and patches. I’m a visual learner, so seeing the awards right next to the check off box helps me a lot. You could easily print these worksheets in black and white if you would like, but it really won’t take much printer ink–the images are super small. Oh and P.S.: If you want png’s of all of these new images, click here. They are available directly from Scouting.org.
Every tracking sheet also includes a Cyber Chip and Youth Protection check off square. The Cyber Chip requirements change for grades 1-3, then 4-5, 6-8, then 9-12. So your cub scout will *probably* need to complete it as a Wolf, then again as a Bear, and possibly late in the game as a Webelo. But again, because the LDS dens graduate through the dens by birthday it will vary slightly for each cub scout (yay).
Youth Protection is included on all three sheets because this section is intended to be completed with a parent each year.
I set up the tracking sheet so you can X out the circles or fill them in when the requirements are complete. There is also a blank square (or diamond) next to the each patch, pin, and belt loop. This is meant as a place for leaders to mark off when the award has been given to the Cub Scout. I feel like even when we know that the Cub Scout has earned the award, we don’t always have a place to record that award has been delivered (like at pack meeting). Same thing with the Wolf Patch in the top right corner. The blank triangle is meant to be marked off or X-ed out once the Wolf patch has been awarded to the kid.
As for the Religious Knot patch. It can be earned at any time during the Cub Scout experience. I included it only in the Webelos tracking sheet because that’s about the time most cub scouts finish up the Faith in God program at church. Everyone keeps telling me how the new program overlaps and integrates so well in the LDS Faith in God program, but I have seen zero indication that there is any additional integration. The only way I could imagine that these two programs could work together is if every Den Leader was also simultaneously called as the Faith in God coordinator. Which is mind boggling. What really happens is what has always happened: the Faith in God program is completed by parents and parents alone.
Webelos and Arrow of Light are basically combined, with the Webelos requirements on the left and the Arrow of Light in the right column. In Webelos and Arrow of Light, the boys earn pins but not belt loops. In LDS dens, these programs are usually completed together during one year so it makes sense to have it all in one place. There are only two per sheet because they have so much more info. Later I may combine Faith in God and the Webelos/Arrow of Light check off list for a parent tracking sheet, but today these are just intended for LDS dens.
Finally, I just want to mention that our ward is combined with two additional wards for Cub Scouts. It’s really fun for the boys but it’s been tricky in other ways (budget, organization). If your ward combines with another ward (or two) for Cub Scouts, I’d love to hear any tips on how you make this set up work smoothly! Help! Please leave me a comment if you have any helpful ideas 🙂
Please note that these changes have now been overridden by further updates made in December 2016. Because Scouting is truly the most incompetent organization I have ever had the misfortune of working with. Check out 2016 Cub Scout Updates for more info.