2013 COLLEGE OF CUB SCOUTING SCIENCE
100-level courses in the Cub College are fundamental courses addressing the nature of the Cub Scout and his den and pack programs. These courses provide information useful to all Cub Scout leaders regardless of experience.
200-level courses address more specialized topics providing guidance and context for Cubmasters and Committee Members as well as Den Leaders, and expound further on topics initially addressed in 100-level courses.
300-level courses concern management of the pack program to meet Cub Scout objectives, and the evolution of Cub Scouting principles.
400-level courses focus on quality trained leadership and program evaluation to provide the best possible Cub Scout experience.
The levels are not intended to literally correspond to a registrant’s year of attendance in the Cub College, but rather to provide general guidance as to likely interest based on a Cub Scouter’s current position and level of experience. For all Cub Scouters new to the Cub College, we strongly recommend you consider taking the courses CUB100 and CUB101 in your first year. These courses will give you an excellent working knowledge of not only the Cub Scout program but also working with Cub Scout-age boys. Note that standalone courses may not meet any degree requirements in any College.
LEVEL 100 COURSES
CUB100 The Cub Scout Within You: Come rediscover the Cub Scout in you and allow yourself to have fun as a leader. Learn why you should become a Scouting evangelist and how to summon the creative powers within you – all to make a difference in the life of a boy and yourself. Please be prepared to “check” your adult self at the door!
CUB101 Through the Eyes of a Boy – the Perspective of a Growing Cub Scout: This course takes an in-depth look at boys, with the aim of building a better program through an increased awareness of characteristics, motivators, interests, and needs. We will talk about their sense of exploration and discovery, their love of adventure and excitement, and their desire for recognition. This course is for all leaders who work directly with boys.
CUB102 Tiger Cub Orientation for Den Leaders and Parent Partners: Changes to the Tiger Cub program over the years have left many leaders confused about how to use the Tiger Cub program in their packs. Without new Tigers and new Tiger partners entering the program, packs will not grow. Come find out how to use the Tiger Cub program as an exciting start for your Tiger Cubs along the scouting trail, and as the motivating tool for long term Cub Scouting participation.
CUB112 Keeping the Promise All Summer Long: Building a solid year-round Cub Scout program means having a great summer event schedule, taking advantage of the warm weather, longer days, and Cub Scouts not in school! We will explore summer program organization, planning, communication, benefits, and awards. We will highlight the value of camping in your summer program, and consider exciting outings, activities, and adventures to keep your unit’s Scouting family engaged from May to September.
CUB121 Mistakes Packs Make and How to Avoid Them: Learning from mistakes is the only way to grow as a leader and as a pack. Come learn from the experiences of others to help you build and improve upon your program at the pack or den level. We will talk through some of the common missteps leaders make and explore strategies on how to avoid them.
CUB125 Den Leadership and Program Planning Principles: Advance planning in the key to success in any venture, including Cub Scouting. We'll discuss scheduling, organizing, planning and budgeting den activities that support and build character, citizenship, and fitness; working in concert with your pack’s program and aims; and helping your scouts make progress toward rank advancement; while everyone is having fun! We’ll cover how to work as a Scouting team with parents and families, how to put the “outing” in “scouting,” and how to effectively share leadership with others to improve the quality of the den program.
CUB129 Duty to Country - Citizenship and Good Turns in Cub Scouting: From saluting the flag to visiting battlefield parks and memorials, we will explore the importance of duty to country within the Cub Scout program. Learn how to incorporate a patriotism and citizenship program into your Cub Scout year in such a way that will allow for personal growth and discovery. Understanding the link between citizenship and service to the community, and seeing the Scouting “good turn” as a citizen’s act of patriotism, we will also cover preparing, planning, leading, and reflecting on Cub Scout service projects to help others in need.
CUB133 Family Involvement in Cub Scouting and the Scout Parent Coordinator Role: Cub Scouting is a family-centered program, but what does that really mean? At all ranks, advancement achievements include requirements to be met not in the den or pack but at home. Parent participation and encouragement are vital to an effective Cub Scout program and for scout retention and advancement. We will cover the nature and extent of family participation, as well as the Scout Parent Coordinator’s role in encouraging families to become involved in dens and packs, while recognizing limitations and constraints.
CUB185 The Den Chief Role Model: The very best role model for the scouts in your den is a Den Chief, because your Cubs want to become a Boy Scout, just like him! Learn why and how the Den Chief is vital resource to you, the Den Leader. We will discuss your Den Chief’s roles and responsibilities, your commitment to your Den Chief and his leadership growth, how to communicate to your Den Chief, and what expectations you and he should have for his success.
LEVEL 200 COURSES
CUB201 Cub Scout Environmental Science and the World Conservation Award: A commitment to stewardship of our environment is part of a Cub Scouts’ duty to country and promise to help others. Come and learn how to teach your Cub Scouts about conservation though proper management of natural resources. Also find out about the World Conservation Award and how scouts in each of the Cub Scout ranks can earn this significant recognition.
CUB206 Cub Scouting with Special Needs: This course will address how to deliver a safe, fun, meaningful, and exciting den and pack program for the scout with special needs and his fellow scouts. Communication, understanding and patience are the keys to interactions and developing relationships.
CUB209 The Committee Part I - Roles and Responsibilities: Many packs do not have or may not understand the importance of an active pack committee to fully support the unit’s Cub Scout program. Others may not clearly understand the distinction or linkage between pack committee and pack program functions. We will delve into the duties of the committee and the roles they play in supporting the Cub Scout program.
CUB210 The Committee Part II - Resources: Packs need money to operate and grow -there’s Boys' Life magazine, re-charter fees, insurance, Cub Scout advancement awards, leader awards … and let’s not forget the annual Blue and Gold Banquet. We will discuss pack finances for the layman and why it is important to the quality of your program for your unit to be financially healthy. We will explore budgeting, fundraising, account management, reporting, and planning and authorizing expenditures.
CUB211 Character Development Through Cub Scouting: One of the main objectives of Cub Scouting is character development. We will examine the nature and quality of good character and emphasize the use of Cub Scout’s Core Values and Character Connections as a fundamental part of your program in helping scouts grow and learn.
CUB212 A Cub Scout’s Duty to God: A Cub Scout’s Duty to God is the motivation and guide for his character development. We will consider why duty to God is a cornerstone of scouting, and discuss ways to encourage duty to God through scouting, including use of the Religious Emblems Program.
CUB231 Creative and Captivating Campfire Planning: Campfires are a scouting tradition as venerable scouting itself. Campfires should create life-long memories for your scouts as they reflect on the friendship of their fellow scouts and become receptive to scouting’s deeper meanings. We will cover how to make the most of the campfire experience, how to engage scouts in campfire fun, planning the agenda to set the proper tone and tempo, campfire do’s and don’ts, and sources for captivating story-telling and Cubmaster/Den Leader minutes.
CUB240 Recognizing the Achieving Cub Scout – Ceremonies, Uniforms and Awards: Scouting, like life, is a meritocracy; when time, thought, effort and dedication are devoted to accomplishing a goal the right way, and as a consequence that goal is achieved, recognition is inevitable, serving as a further motivator to the recipient and his peers alike. We will discuss Cub Scout achievement, advancement and service awards and award programs, meaningful and fun award ceremonies, and the Cub Scout uniform, which should constitute a billboard for all that the proud Cub Scout has accomplished.
LEVEL 300 COURSES
CUB300 Pack Leadership and Program Planning Principles: Cub Scouting is a year-round program. We'll discuss scheduling, organizing, planning and budgeting year-round pack activities and pack meetings that are fun and exciting for your scouts and their families; that complement your pack’s den programs; and that support the aims of Cub Scouting: building character, learning the responsibilities of citizenship, and developing personal fitness. The Cubmaster cannot design, plan, and execute the entire pack program alone; we will discuss delegation of duties and working as a team to provide the best possible pack program for your scouts.
CUB304 Cub Scouting in the Outdoors: Everybody knows that most of “scouting” is “outing”! Your pack and den programs should include many activities to discover and explore our natural world and our American heritage. We will discuss why the outdoor program is critical to scouting, and how an outdoor camp provides the ideal setting in which to learn the moral principles of the Cub Scout Promise and Law of the Pack. We will also cover the various types of exciting outdoor adventures that should be available to your scouts: camping, campfires, day hikes, historic landmarks and trails, exploration of nature and the night sky, even outdoor service projects. Pack and den meetings should outside as well as inside!
CUB365 A History of the Cub Scouts of America, with Lessons Learned: This course will examine the colorful history and creative evolution of the Cub Scout program, beginning with the “younger boy problem” facing Baden-Powell. The latter portion of the course will offer suggestions for enhancing delivery of the Cub Scout program, drawing on broad lessons learned, but perhaps forgotten, from Cub Scout history. This is a two session course, counts as two course credits.
CUB366 What Every Cub Scout Leader Should Know About “The District”: The sole purpose for your local District Committee is to support you, your pack and your den. The District Committee is not a scouting “supervisor” but rather a partner to help you understand all aspects of Cub Scouting, implement the best possible Cub Scout program, and take full advantage of resources, programs, and activities offered to the wider scouting community through the National Capital Area Council and BSA nationally.
CUB373 Communications in Cub Scouting: Implementation of the Cub Scout program is an exercise in communications, and effective communications among all pack leaders, den leaders, committee members, and even parents and scouts are vital to the realization of a fun and exciting program that meets scouting’s overall goals. We will explore the nature of effective communication in packs and dens, and how effective communication can make all the difference between success and failure.
LEVEL 400 COURSES
CUB468 Conducting a Pack Self-Evaluation: Is your pack delivering on the promise that scouting offers? In what areas do the pack, the committee, or the dens need to improve? We will discuss how to make an objective assessment of your program; how to rate den, pack and committee performance; how to use and supplement the Quality Unit guidelines; and how to make best use of the resources available to you to make improvements.
CUB480 Diversity and Urban Cub Scouting: Encouraging and celebrating diversity in Cub Scout packs and dens is a significant challenge that has faced scouters from the beginning of the program, especially in urban environments removed from nature and the camp setting. How to invite and include as many boys as possible in the life-changing opportunities your pack and den have to offer? We will provide a case study where substantial success has been obtained, and will consider scout diversity from the standpoint of recruitment; parent and leader participation; activities to celebrate cultural heritage and awareness; and establishing a pack and den atmosphere that sees past differences to friendship, cooperation and collaboration. We will discuss the obligation we all have as scouters to encourage diversity, the obstacles and difficulties that may be faced, and resources and opportunities that are available.
Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO): BALOO is designed to give your pack's outdoor activity leaders the tools to conduct a safe and successful pack overnighter. We will cover the basics of where to go, how and what to plan, and what you need to bring along to make your Pack outdoor experience a great time for all. Enrollment is limited to 25. This is an all day/6 session course. BALOO does not count for credits toward University of Scouting degrees.
Cubmaster Leader-Specific Training: Cubmaster Leader-Specific Training is a specialized training session to help you assume a leadership role in a Cub Scout Pack. In this training session, you will get the foundation you need to become an effective and successful leader, as well as learn how to plan a successful pack program. Leader-specific training is required for Cubmasters. A BSA Training Card is issued at the competition of this two session course. This is a two session course and does not count for credits toward University of Scouting degrees.
Pack Trainer Leader-Specific Training: The Pack Trainer’s main objective is to have 100 percent of the pack leadership trained in their position responsibilities. New leaders, as well as adult family members should receive pack orientation when the join so that they can become productive members of the pack. We will discuss the resources available and the role of the Pack Trainer to help leaders and parents understand the purpose, policies and procedures of the Cub Scouting program. This is position Specific Training for the Pack Trainer and the third training module for the Pack Trainer to be considered “trained.” A BSA Training Card is issued at the competition of this two session course. This is a two session course and does not count for credits toward University of Scouting degrees.