designed to help active Cubs earn their Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scout ranks by February.
Wouldn't it be great if the past Den Leaders had left you their notes?
What if they had given you meeting plans with ideas for activities and games?
That's what the Fast Tracks are!
den meeting plans (two den meetings per month) designed to be used in conjunction with the youth handbooks. By following the these plans, active Scouts can earn their Tiger, Wolf, Bear, or Webelos rank by February, usually in time for the Blue & Gold Banquet. After these meetings, Scouts continue to meet to work on other electives, Belt Loops and Pins, and other Cub Scout Awards through the rest of the year. All Cub Scouts must first earn their Bobcat Badge.
Use the Fast Tracks as-is or as a resource for your own meeting plans. MeritBadge.Org offers a wealth of other resources to get you started, Belt Loop and Pin Worksheets and Cub Scout Monthly Themes with Program Helps! Also see the Fast Tracks FAQ.
Fast Tracks Den Meeting plans by rank
- Fast Tracks for Tiger Cub Scouts (1st grade)
- Fast Tracks for Wolf Cub Scouts (2nd grade)
- Fast Tracks for Bear Cub Scouts (3rd grade)
- Fast Tracks for 4th grade Webelos Scouts - Also see: Webelos Scout Program
- Fast Tracks for 5th grade Webelos Scouts - Only for Scouts who completed the 4th grade Fast Track
Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I have to use the Fast Tracks as written?
- No, you don't have to use the Fast Tracks at all. You can use them as-is, as a starting point, for ideas, or not at all.
- I thought we were supposed to meet every week. Why are there only two Fast Tracks per month?
- The Fast Tracks can be two of your meetings for the month. A typical monthly routine might be two weekly Fast Track Den Meetings, a field trip (Go and See It), and a Pack Meeting.
- Can we still do Belt Loops?
- Yes, "All boys may earn belt loops... In fact many requirements naturally lead into Belt Loops & Pins:
- When will the boys earn their rank each year?
- Cub Scouts is a fast-paced, active program. "By following the prescribed den meeting plans as written, the boys will fulfill the requirements necessary to earn the badge of rank by the end of February."
- If the Fast Tracks finish the rank by February, what do you do the rest of the year?
- Earning your rank is just the first part of your program each year. Then you complete electives, arrow points, Belt Loops & Pins, and other Cub Scout Awards.
- How long have Fast Track been around?
- A number of local councils have had similar home-grown programs for years. The official "Fast Tracks" program has been available on scouting.org since the late spring of 2008.
- Will there still be Program Helps?
- Yes! You can buy the Program Helps #34409 book or download the modules. The Program Helps provide great resources for the Fast Tracks. See the Cub Scout Monthly Themes.
NOTE: According to the 2010-2011 Roundtable Planning Guide, Monthly Themes will not be used beginning in 2010. [] This does not neccesarily mean that Program Helps will dissapear, only that they will not incorporate the monthly themes in the same format they did before.
- With Fast Tracks, do Den Leaders take on more of what the families should do?
- No. For Tiger, Wolf, and Bear, it is still Akela (a parent) who signs off on each requirement. Requirements that are to be done at home are still done at home.
- Can we still share leadership?
- Yes. No where does it say you can't. If the Den Leader can't make a meeting, you have great notes to give to your assistant or another parent so that the show can still go on!
- Can we still have Denners?
- Yes! Denners are specifically included and are important to your success. Ask adult partners (parents) to take turns coordinating the meetings. Ask who has contacts with the fire or police departments, local parks, etc. When a family coordinates a meeting, their boy gets to be Denner! The Denner gets gold cords and to help with the Pledge of Allegiance, treats, setup, and cleanup.
- Can I print out all 16 Fast Tracks at once?
- Yes! The first link for each level's Fast Tracks is to print all 36-40 pages at once. Or, you can print just the modules you want.
- What other resources are available for new Den Leaders?
- See the Den Leader Getting Started Guide for much more.
- Webelos Scout Program - covers all 20 Webelos Activity Badges in 12, 15, or 18 months.
- Troop Program Features - are entire monthly themes with meetings and campout plans for Boy Scouts.
- Den Leader Getting Started Guide - offers dozens of other resources to help you.