Re: Webelos Overnight Camping
(no name) ((no email))
Tue, 4 Jun 1991 17:44:00 EDT
I am on the phone right now with the NAtional Cub Scout Division, BSA.
Ed Woodlock is the Associate National Director of Cub Scouting...he handles
training (to include the three day National Camping School for Cub Day Camp
Directors) Here is what I asked and what he replied with:
1. (I read verbatum Steve's comment from my screen).
"The policy is nothing new. It is an existing policy. We HIGHLY DISCOURAGE
the statement "one-to-one ratio", because if we said that, then we would
get no WEBELOS Cub Scouts out there. The purpose of Cub Scouting including
WEBELOS is based on family activities and family events. Perhaps what the
person was trying to state is how that Council will handle WEBELOS camping.
With the new Youth Protection policies, the bare minimum is two leaders per
Den; however, we recommend that each Cub Scout bring one adult."
2. How will this affect fall/spring camporees and the like?
"The policy is the same no matter what. Remember that we are talking Cub Scouti
ng and not Boy Scouting. We burn them out before they have a chance to fully
appreciate camping with a Troop, if we let them camp without adult supervision."
3. Does it matter which parent goes?
"No, It can be Mom or Dad or stepparents, uncles, next door neighbors, anyone
the parents trust with the Cub Scout on the activity."
4. Where can volunteers get this information in writing?
"Ask the professional staff of a copy of the latest "Highlights of Cub Scout
Outdoor Program". I sent it out to the field (he believes) last month. The
booklet-four pages-explains all aspects of Cub Scouting outdoor programs
including the WEBELOS outdoor camping and the Cub Day Camp programs. It also
gives Councils guidance on Pack excursions, field trips and again states
that Cub Scouting is designed to be a FAMILY ACTIVITY. Save the individual
camping for Boy Scouting."
I also asked about the deal with the WEBELOS hats and passed along Don
Isard's suggestion on using belt loops as opposed to pins. Please Don,
put it in writing and send it to:
Cub Scout Program Division
Irving, TX 75015-2079
Mike Walton@HEY! Does this mean that I have to find adults for EVERY WEBELOS?
(yes we do.....oh well........)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City