Re: present myself
(no name) ((no email))
Tue, 30 Apr 1991 19:04:00 EDT
Easy reply Paul.....easy...
WEBELOS (as in the WEBELOS Badge, the name of the Award that is presently
called the Arrow of Light) was called that to symbolize the steps taken
to earn it:
Wolf BEar LiOn Scout
(note: at one time, there existed a rank for Cubs called Lion. Lion Cub Scouts
were replaced in 1965 by an experimental program in Ohio called "the
Webelo" transition (yes, I spelled it correctly. The original name did NOT
add the "s"; it was added to mean the plural of one WEBELO and when the name
and the program went national, in 1967-68 the name stuck!) Lion Cubs
completed a set of twelve "achievements" just like their Wolf and Bear
Counterparts....on thing was, someone was smart enough to guess that if you
are trying to get 10 year olds to learn the skills of Boy Scouting and
to get their independence from a Den Mother, you better put them in a "den"
with a male role model and Scouting-like achievements and skills. Hence, the
reason why for many years Scouting refused to allow women the right to serve
as WEBELOS Den Leaders and Assistants (thank goodness SOMEONE woke up on
NO, I am NOT that old. One Scout told me a while back that "I have a lot of
Scouting between my ears" (and that, friends, is a compliment considering that
I am losing a lot of the hair between my ears and some people have stated
that I have (explittive deleted) between my ears for brains....
ah, Scouting.....the Better Life!
Mike Walton ( a former WEBELOS Den Leader and WEBELOS Scout )
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City