InSTEP with Cub Scouting

InStep (In support of Scouters, Teachers, Educators, and Parents)

InSTEP is a program designed to assist Cub Scout den leaders who have boys of different grades/ages/ranks in the same den. The den meeting plans show how each Cub Scout can complete work on his own grade-appropriate advancement requirements during the same den meeting. These plans are created by volunteers of Sam Houston Area Council. 

New packs with only a few boys of each age group may find the InSTEP plans useful in getting started. The Cub Scout Connections is a great resource that lists common themes across the ranks. As membership grows and individual grade-based dens formed, den leaders may then prefer to use traditional Cub Scout resources such as BSA's Den Meeting Plans and the Den Leader Guides for each rank.

*Supplemental theme materials listed below may be linked to Scouting resources that were developed under the old program. They contain great ideas, but the advancements mentioned may not match the new program.

November 2017 - Year A (Courteous)

Overview
Week 1 (Bobcat)
Week 2 (Knights, Fire Safety)
Week 3 (Knights, Fire Safety)
Week 4 (Thanksgiving)
Extra Materials  (Scarecrow)

Supplemental Materials
Week 1: Theme: Bobcat Pinterest Page
Tiger -Tiger Safe and Smart #1a, b
Wolf – Council Fire #6c
Week 2: Theme Knights: Cubs in Shining Armor, Cubs in Shining Armor-1, Cubs in Shining Armor-2 
Theme Fire Safety: To the Rescue
Tiger -Tiger Safe and Smart #3, 4
Wolf –Council Fire #4b
Bear –Paws for Action #2bii, 2biii, 3b
Webelos –First Responder #7
Week 3: Theme Knights: Cubs in Shining Armor, Cubs in Shining Armor-1, Cubs in Shining Armor-2 
Theme Fire Safety: To the Rescue
Tiger -Safe & Smart #2a, 2b, 5
Webelos /Arrow of Light –
Fix It #4q
Week 4: Theme - Thanksgiving: Give Thanks1, Give Thanks2

December 2017 - Year A (Courteous)

Overview 
Week 1 (Courteous, Holidays, Good Manners)
Week 2 (Holidays)
Week 3 (Holidays, Winter)
Week 4 (Holidays, Winter)
Home Assignments 

Supplemental Materials
Week 1: Theme Winter - Winter Wonderland
Tiger - Team Tiger #5Cyber Chip (grades 1-3)
Wolf – Cyber Chip (grades 1-3)
Bear – Cyber Chip (grades 1-3)
Webelos – Cyber Chip (grades 4-5) 
Arrow of Light – Cyber Chip (grades 4-5)
Week 2: Wolf - Running with Pack #4
Week 3:  
Week 4:  

September 2017 - Year A (Friendly)

Overview
Week 1 (Railroad Safety)
Week 2 (Buddies, Friendly)
Week 3 (Bugs)
Week 4 (Bobcat Badge)

Supplemental Materials
Week 1: Theme Railroad: Cub Scout Express
Week 2: Theme Buddies: New Buddies
Week 3: Theme Bugs: Creepy Crawlers1; Creepy Crawlers2
            Cubs and BugsBugs & Things
            Critters, Cubs & Campfires
Week 4: Bobcat Pinterest Page

October 2017 - Year A (Loyal)

Overview 
Week 1 (Flags)
Week 2 (Teamwork)
Week 3 (Metric System)
Week 4 (Halloween)
Home Assignments (for Tigers and Bears)

Supplemental Materials
Week 1: Theme Flags: Red, White & Baloo; Flag Opening Ceremony
Tiger: Team Tiger #2
Wolf: Council Fire #1, 6 
Bear: Paws for Action #1 
Arrow of Light: Building a Better World #1
Week 2: Theme Teamwork: Amazing Games1Amazing Games2;  
            Cooperation Games
Tiger: Team Tiger #1, 3; Games Tigers Play #1a, 1b, 1c; 
Bear: Grin and Bear It #1
Week 4: Theme Halloween: Halloween Fun

July 2017 (Trustworthy)

Overview
Week 1 (America)
Week 2 (Magic)
Week 3 (America / Summer)
Week 4 (Summer / Sports)

Supplemental Materials
Week 1: Theme America: Scout SaluteOur National Treasures
           Sea to Shining SeaAmerican ABC's; 
           Uncle Sam Depends on YouRed, White & Baloo
           Rockets Red GlareCelebrate Freedom
           Fifty Great States
Week 2: Theme Magic: Abracadabra1Abracadabra2Abracadabra3
           AbracadabraAbracadabra5
Week 3: Theme Summer: Backyard Fun
Week 4: Theme Sports: It's a HitPlay Ball
Wolf: Running with Pack
Webelos: Stronger, Faster, Higher

August 2017 (Friendly)

Overview 
Week 1 (Bugs)
Week 2 (Transportation)
Week 3 (Space)
Week 4 (Animals)

Supplemental Materials
Week 1: Theme Bugs: Creepy Crawlers1; Creepy Crawlers2
           Cubs and BugsBugs & Things
           Critters, Cubs & Campfires
Week 2: Theme Transportation: Wheels into Summer
Week 3: Theme Space: Cubs in the Future
Tiger: Tiger Theater
Webelos: Stronger, Faster, HigherCast Iron Chef
Arrow of Light: Building a Better World
Week 4: Theme Animals: My Animal Friends
Arrow of Light: Building a Better World

May 2017 (Clean)

Overview
Week 1 (About Boy Scouts)
Week 2 (Tools / About Boy Scouts)
Week 3 (Communicating / First Aid)
Week 4 (Campfire)

Supplemental Materials
Week 1: Tiger - Safe & Smart #8
Wolf – Howling at the Moon #2
Bear – Roaring Laughter #1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Webelos – Project Family (all); Fix It (
all);
Arrow of Light – Project Family (all); Fix It (all);

           Scouting Adventure #1, 2, 3;
           Building a Better World #6
Week 2: Webelos – First Responder #6
Arrow of Light – Scouting Adventure #2, 3d
Week 3: Wolf – Howling at the Moon #1
Webelos – First Responder #2
Week 4: Tiger - Tigers in the Wild #6
Wolf – Howling at the Moon #3, 4
Bear – Roaring Laughter #6

June 2017 (Brave)

Overview (Jungle Safari)
Week 1 (Map / Jungle / Flag)
Week 2 (Rainforest / Jungle Safari)
Week 3 (Snake / Jungle Safari)
Week 4 (Jungle Safari)

Supplemental Materials
Weeks 1, 2, 4: Theme Jungle SafariJungle Placemats
           Jungle Pinterest Page
Week 3: Theme Snakes: Roaming Reptile Alter

March 2017 (Clean)

Overview (Loyal / First Aid / Pocket Knives / Nature)
Week 1 (Airplanes)
Week 2 (Nature)
Week 3 (Nature / Pocket Knives)
Week 4 (First Aid)

Supplemental Materials:
Week 1: Tiger: Safe & Smart
Wolf: Howling at the Moon
Bear: Roaring Laughter
Webelos: Scouting AdventureProject Family; Fix It
Arrow of Light: Building a Better World
Week 2: Theme: Cubstruction
Webelos: First Responder
Arrow of Light: Scouting Adventure
Week 3: Wolf: Howling at the Moon
Webelos: First Responder
Week 4: Theme: S'mores Cub Scout Fun
Tiger: Tigers in the Wild
Wolf: Howling at the Moon
Bear: Roaring Laughter

April 2017 (Cheerful)

Overview 
Week 1 (Outdoor Code)
Week 2 (Leave No Trace / Weather)
Week 3 (Extinct vs. Endangered Animals / Snacks)
Week 4 (Leave No Trace / Trees / Do Your Best)

Supplemental Materials:
Week 1: Tiger: Tigers in the Wild #3a, 3b
Wolf: Call of the Wild #3a, 3b; Paws on the Path #4, 5
Bear: Bear Necessities #4
Webelos: Webelos Walkabout #3
Arrow of Light: Outdoorsman #4
Week 2: Tiger: Tigers in the Wild #1
Wolf: Call of the Wild #2 and Paws on the Path #1, 2, 3
Bear: Bear Necessities #1, 2, 3
Webelos: Webelos Walkabout #1, 2, 4
Arrow of Light: Outdoorsman #2
Week 3: Tiger: Tiger Bites #5; Games Tigers Play #5;
          My Tiger Jungle #4
Bear: Fur, Feathers, Ferns #3
Webelos / Arrow of Light: Into the Woods #4
Week 4: Tiger: Tigers in the Wild #2, 3c, 4, 6
Bear: Fur, Feathers, Ferns #4, 5
Webelos / Arrow of Light: Into the Woods #1, 2, 3, 5, 6

January 2017 (Obedient)

Overview
Week 1 (Exercise)
Week 2 (Eating Healthy)
Week 3 (Sports / Sportsmanship)
Week 4 (Exercise)

Supplemental Materials:
Week 1: Tiger - Games Tigers Play #4
Wolf – Paws of Skill #1, 2, 3
Webelos – Stronger, Faster, Higher #1, 2, start 3
Week 2: Tiger - Tiger Bites #1, 2, 3, 5, 6; Games Tigers Play #5
Wolf – Running with the Pack #6
Webelos – Cast Iron Chef #2, 3, 4, 5
Week 3: Tiger - Tiger Bites #1, 2, 3, 5, 6; Games Tigers Play #5
Wolf – Running with the Pack #6
Webelos – Cast Iron Chef #2, 3, 4, 5
Week 4: Wolf – Running with the Pack #4, 5
Webelos – Stronger, Faster, Higher #6

February 2017 - (Reverent)

Overview 
Week 1 (Map / Knots)
Week 2 (Tools)
Week 3 (International)
Week 4 (Presidents)

Supplemental Materials:
Week 1: Wolf – Call of the Wild #5
Bear – Bear Necessities #8
Webelos – Camper #3 (Option B)
Arrow of Light – Scouting Adventure #5a
Week 2: Bear – Baloo the Builder #1, 2, 3, 4
Week 3: Theme International - Friends Far and Near1
           Friends Far and Near2
Tiger -  Tiger Theater #2
Webelos – Stronger, Faster, Higher #6; Cast Iron Chef #2
Arrow of Light – Building a Better World #5
Week 4: Arrow of Light – Building A Better World #2, 3

November 2016 (Courteous)

Overview
Week 1 (Scout Law, Courteous, Knights, Recycling)
Week 2 (Recycling, Knights, Fire Safety)
Week 3 (Knights, Fire Safety)
Week 4 (Thanksgiving)
Extra Material

Supplemental Materials:
Week 1: Bobcat Pinterest Page
Tiger - Bobcat 1, 2; Tiger Safe and Smart #1a, b
Wolf – Bobcat 1, 2; Council Fire #6c
Bear – Bobcat 1, 2
Webelos - Bobcat 1, 2
Arrow of Light - Bobcat 1, 2
Week 2: Tiger - Safe & Smart #3, 4
Wolf – Council Fire #4b
Bear – Paws for Action #2bii, 2biii, 3b
Webelos – First Responder #7
Week 3: Tiger - Safe & Smart #2a, b, 5
Webelos/Arrow of Light – Fix It #4q

December 2016 (Cheerful)

Overview
Week 1 (Winter, Cheerful)
Week 2 (Respect Nature)
Week 3 (Holidays)
Week 4 (Holidays)

Supplemental Materials:
Week 1: Theme Winter - Winter Wonderland
Tiger - Games Tigers Play #2, 3; My Family’s Duty to God
Wolf – Duty to God Footsteps; Running with the Pack #4
Bear – Fellowship and Duty to God
Webelos – Duty to God and You; Castaway #2c,d,e
Arrow of Light – Duty to God in Action; Castaway #2c,d,e
Week 2: Tiger - Team Tiger #4, Cyber Chip (grades 1-3)
Wolf – Cyber Chip (grades 1-3)
Bear – Cyber Chip (grades 1-3)
Webelos – Cyber Chip (grades 4-5) 
Arrow of Light – Cyber Chip (grades 4-5)
Week 3:  
Week 4:  

September 2016 (Helpful)

Overview
Week 1 (Travel)
Week 2 (School, Buddies)
Week 3 (9-1-1)
Week 4 (Bobcat Badge)

Supplemental Materials:
Week 1:  
Week 2:  
Week 3:  
Week 4: Bobcat – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; Bobcat Pinterest Page

October 2016 (Brave)

Overview 
Week 1 (Teamwork)
Week 2 (Flags)
Week 3 (9-1-1, Heroes - Law Enforcement, Halloween)
Week 4 (Recycling)

Supplemental Materials:
Week 1: Cyber Chip (grades 1-3)(grades 4-5) 
Tiger - Team Tiger #1, 3; Games Tigers Play #1a, 1b, 1c
Bear – Grin and Bear It #1
Week 2: Tiger - Team Tiger #2
Wolf – Council Fire #1, 2
Bear – Paws for Action #1a, 1b, 1c
Arrow of Light – Building a Better World #1
Week 3: Tiger – Safe and Smart #1c
Wolf – Council Fire #5
Bear – Paws for Action #2a
Week 4: Tiger - Tigers in the Wild #3b
Wolf - Council Fire #6a, 6b
Bear - Paws for Action #3a

July 2016 (Loyal)

Overview
Week 1 (Stars)
Week 2 (Loyal, Salute)
Week 3 (Heros)
Week 4 (Planes)

Supplemental Materials:
Week 1:  
Week 2:  
Week 3:  
Week 4:  

August 2016 (Courteous)

Overview
Week 1 (Animals)
Week 2 (Trees)
Week 3 (Boats)
Week 4 (Space)

Supplemental Materials:
Week 1: Theme Animals: My Animal Friends
Week 2:  
Week 3:  
Week 4: Theme Space: Cubs in the Future

May 2016 (Kind)

Overview
Week 1 (Boy Scouts)
Week 2 (Tools, Boy Scouts)
Week 3 (Hurry Cases)
Week 4 (Campfires)

Supplemental Materials:
Week 1: Tiger - Safe & Smart #5
Wolf – Howling at the Moon #2
Bear – Roaring Laughter #1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Webelos – Project Family (all), Fix It (all)
Arrow of Light – Project Family (all); Fix It (all);
           Scouting Adventure #1, 3; Building a Better World 6, 8
Week 2: Tiger - Backyard Jungle #4
Webelos – First Responder #6
Arrow of Light – Building a Better World #7
           Scouting Adventure #2, 4
Week 3: Wolf – Howling at the Moon #1
Webelos – First Responder #2
Week 4: Tiger - Tigers in the Wild #5
Wolf – Howling at the Moon #3, 4; Call of the Wild #6
Bear – Bear Necessities #2; Roaring Laughter #6
Arrow of Light – Camper #4

June 2016 (Obedient)

Overview
Week 1 (Wild, Wild, West)
Week 2 (Wild, Wild, West)
Week 3 (Wild, Wild, West)
Week 4 (Sports)

Supplemental Materials:
Weeks 1-3: Theme Wild, Wild West - How the West Was Fun
Week 4:  

March 2016 (Thrifty)

Overview
Week 1 (First Aid)
Week 2 (Pocketknife Safety)
Week 3 (Flight)
Week 4 (Nature)

Supplemental Materials:
Week 1: Tiger - Smart & Safe #1C, 2A, 2B
Wolf – Call of the Wild #5C
Bear – Grin and Bear It #4
Webelos – First Responder #1, 3, 4, 5, 7 
Week 2: Bear – Bear Claws #1, 2, 3
Arrow of Light – Scouting Adventure #6
Week 3: Tiger - Stories in Shapes #2B
Week 4: Tiger - Backyard Jungle #1, 2, 5
Wolf – Paws on the Path #7, 8; Call of the Wild #3
Bear – Fur, Feathers, Ferns #1
Webelos – Into the Woods #2
Arrow of Light – Into the Woods #2

April 2016 (Cheerful)

Overview
Week 1 (Outdoor)
Week 2 (Camping, Weather, Leave No Trace)
Week 3 (Extinct vs. Endangered, Planting Seed)
Week 4 (Leave No Trace, Trees)

Supplemental Materials:
Week 1: Tiger - Tigers in the Wild #3a, 3b, 3c, 7
Wolf – Call of the Wild #1, 3, 7a, 7b,7c;
           Paws on the Path #5, 6
Bear – Bear Necessities #1, 5, 6, 7
Webelos – Webelos Walkabout #5
Arrow of Light – Scouting Adventure #1e, Camper #1, 2, 6, 7
Week 2: Tiger - Tigers in the Wild #1
Wolf – Call of the Wild #4, 5; Paws on the Path #1,2,3,4
Bear – Bear Necessities #3,4,9
Webelos – Webelos Walkabout #1,2,4,6,7,8
Arrow of Light – Camper #3
Week 3: Tiger - Backyard Jungle #3; Tiger Bites #4, 5;
           Games Tigers Play #5
Bear – Fur, Feathers, Ferns #2, 3, 6, 7
Webelos – Webelos Walkabout #3
Arrow of Light – Into the Woods 5
Week 4: Tiger - Tigers in the Wild #2,3C, 4,6
Bear – Fur, Feathers & Ferns #4,5
Webelos – Into the Woods #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Arrow of Light – Into the Woods #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

January 2016 (Trustworthy)

Overview
Week 1 (Active, Sports)
Week 2 (Healthy Food)
Week 3 (Team, Sportsmanship)
Week 4 (Exercise)

Supplemental Materials:
Week 1: Tiger - Games Tigers Play #4
Wolf – Paws of Skill #1, 2, 3
Webelos – Stronger, Faster, Higher #1, 2, start 3
Week 2: Tiger - Tiger Bites 1, 2, 3, 5, 6; Games Tigers Play #5
Wolf – Running with the Pack #6B
Webelos – Cast Iron Chef #2, 3, 4, 5
Week 3: Theme Sports - Let the Games Begin
Tiger - Tiger Bites #4
Wolf – Paws of Skill #4, 5, 6
Week 4: Wolf – Running with the Pack #4, 5
Webelos – Stronger, Faster, Higher #6

February 2016 (Friendly)

Overview
Week 1 (Friends, Knots)
Week 2 (Carnival, Flags, Friends)
Week 3 (Fitness, Good Citizen)
Week 4 (Carnival, Languages)

Supplemental Materials:
Week 1: Wolf – Call of the Wild #2
Bear – Bear Necessities #8
Arrow of Light – Scouting Adventure #5a; Camper #5
Week 2: Tiger - Tiger Theater #2
Wolf – Paws of Skill #7
Bear – Grin and Bear It #2, 3
Webelos – Stronger, Faster, Higher #4
Arrow of Light – Building a Better World #10A
Week 3: Webelos – Stronger, Faster, Higher #5
Arrow of Light – Building a Better World #2, 3, 5
Week 4: Bear – Grin and Bear It #2, 3, 5
Webelos – Cast Iron Chef #2, 3
Arrow of Light – Building a Better World #10A

 

Contacts

Alice Hamilton
InStep Program Coordinator
 hmltn@comcast.net

Darlene Scheffler
InStep Supplemental Ideas / Webpage Coordinator
 darlene.scheffler@gmail.com

 

Ronald George
InStep Staff Adviser
 ronald.george@scouting.org