Our council program was designed to meet youth needs (e.g., safety, variety, fun, advancement) to support the philosophy that Scouting is fun with a purpose and to be appropriate for participants’ ages. Programs stress adventure and fun over just advancement.
"Cub Scout advancement should not be emphasized in camp. Staff members must realize that while Cub Scout advancement may seem to be a natural in Cub Scout day camp, most of it should be done in Cub Scout pack programming." (Day Camp Administrative Guide)
Focus on Electives: BSA recommends focusing "day camp planning around elective adventures. There are 13 each for Tiger, Wolf and Bear and 18 shared for Webelos and Arrow of Light. Any use of the required adventures at camp, while not recommended, should be channeled to “partials” – requirements which may be difficult for dens to accomplish on their own." (Source).
Girls: Q: What will happen at day camp if we only have a few girls, and they are not the same rank? Maintaining the all-boy den and all-girl den is an overall Cub Scouting program requirement that extends into all activities; however, Day camps can offer joint activities that are available to multiple dens. (Source, page 15)
How to refer to Webelos Scouts: From BSA FAQs: "Are boys in the fifth grade referred to as Arrow of Light Scouts? A: Boys who are earning the Webelos and Arrow of Light ranks are Webelos Scouts and are members of Webelos dens." (Source, page 6)
Connections and Common Themes
Dr. Nisha Zoeller created a program planning resource to "show the connections and common themes among Adventures across ranks to encourage the continuation of pack-level and multi-age programming.”