Re: Webelos to Scout Transition
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Wed, 9 Oct 1991 15:27:02 EDT
My observation of the TWO year WEBELOS program has been like Bill's.
Fewer CUBS are going on to scouts. Maybe the program has not been
developed well enough, or the leadership not prepared, but there
seems to be a higher drop out rate of two year Web's. The comments
I heard were that the CUB/WEB has already been to summer camp, day
camp, father son camping, family camping, and camporees. They are
burned out and want to have time for sports, and/or NINTENDO etc.
I have observed some efforts to cut back on some of the CUB and WEB
CAMPING. More of a TASTE or the flavor of scouting, but not ALL
of it, before the kid is even 11 ! I am sure some will find exception,
but I don't think the two year WEB program has been a great success
in building up the ranks of scout troops. As others have been quit
to point out, a second year WEBELOS may have scouting skills equal
to a first class scout. What will he have to learn for his first
year in Scouts, other than to be bored as the First class scout
tries to teach a lesson on knots? What is the First class scout
to teach a second year WEB? He is not a merit badge counselor?
IN addition, I think placing all the NEW scouts in one patrol is
OK for the first six months. After that they need to reorganize,
so that leadership positions can be assigned and distributed.
If they all get first class together, they all can't be patrol
leader of the same patrol! In can create a long term leadership
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City