intro and new patrol method
Dr. Steven C. Myers (R1SCM@AKRONVM.BITNET)
Mon, 12 Nov 1990 13:21:26 EDT
I am currently a WEBELOS I den leader with 8 boys, there is a 8-9 boy
Den II ahead of us (5th grade) and a newly formed troup of <12 boys
all of whom are tenderfoot or less waiting for us. The new patrol method will
allow the troup to form 2 patrols and each existing webelos den will be a
patrol IF WE CAN KEEP THEM TOGETHER. I think that the boys can identify
with the new patrol being an extension of the den experience and will more like
ly stay together. In two years when my boys enter the troup, if their are no f
irst class scouts then there will probably be no troup. I would hope that in
two years we will have a couple of advanced (star, life) scouts, a few members
of the Order of the Arrow (including a couple of leaders) and can provide a
firm foundation for our own "super troup."
BTW, we are using as many joint events between the Webelos and the troup
as we can, including an ambitious 13 mile hike (with its own award).
Except for tenure requirements, a well prepared Webelos den can have
boys who are almost qualified for first class by the time of their induction
into the troup.
I am a 39 year old professor of economics, a former Eagle, who served
as PL, JASM, Council Camp Staff (4 years) and two national OA conferences.
The trail I mentioned above is the Cuyagoha Valley Trail and is maintained
by the OA of Marnoc Lodge. It traverses two council scout camps, and the
Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City