The best measure of a successful program is whether all the Cub Scouts involved are completing their Milestones.
Milestones are the recognition of a Cub Scouts active involvement in a diverse program, and the development of their leadership skills through experience. A well-planned program will help to make this a reality; it starts with an engaging mix of all the Challenge Areas, and also requires the sharing of assisting and leading opportunities.
The Milestones involve Cub Scouts being involved with a range of activities, normally over a 6-12-month period. This will include all the Challenge Areas, and each Cub Scout will take on roles in participating, assisting and leading.
Participate, Assist & Lead
Participate-Assist-Lead is the way Cubs measure how involved they are in the Scout program. Their involvement and experience in the program help them achieve their Milestones.
Cubs should think about:
What did they do in the activity?
Did they help in the preparation of the activity?
What did they learn from what they did in the activity?
What can they do better next time?
Assists and Leads should challenge Cubs to achieve their best - at each Milestone, the challenges should be greater than the previous Milestone.
Remember, Participating, Assisting and Leading is about challenging Cubs to Create the Path in the Cub Scout Section.
It’s hoped that all Cub Scouts will achieve the Program Essentials Milestones, regardless of their interest in exploring other aspects of the framework. The Program Essentials really are the core of the program experience.
Any achievement is worthy of recognition and celebration in Scouting. When a Cub Scout completes an element of the Achievement Pathways, we mark the achievement by presenting them with a badge to wear on their uniform shirt.
Any badge presentation should be focused on the individual Cub Scout and the experience and personal progress they’ve experienced related to this achievement.
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