Re: The 18 month Webelos Program
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Thu, 10 Oct 1991 10:29:29 EDT
Question for primarily Kathie C, but any others welcome.
I have dicussed before the concern with the Webelos programs now
expecting the ARROW of light award to mean that at 'graduation' or
crossing the bridge, that the NEW SCOUT is fully trained as a SCOUT,
has his own PATROL with him, and has DONE all the badges and has
all the SKILLS of a first class scout! If you put this NEW SCOUT
into the NEW scout program, to be first class in ONE year, he will
not be very challenged! What else does BSA expect you do with the
"over trained" new scout? If he knows knots better than the First
class scout trying to teach the skill, and has been to lots of FIRST
AID and/or CPR training, what does he do at meetings for the next year?
You wind up with scouts with their LIFE badges at 12 and a half! I
haven't seen many (ANY?) at 12 and a half, ready to lead an Eagle
project. And as Steve points out, a Scout can start at age 10 1/2,
be first class easily by 11 1/2, and Life by 12 1/2. Is this what
the two year program is desinged to PROMOTE? If it is, I think
is has got off the mark in the leadership development part of the
program. It is hard enough for a 14 year old SPL to get a troop
all going in the same direction, and run a good Eagle project!
If all the new sscouts are still in the same patrol, they will
had little or no oportunity to serve as a Patrol leader, or
other leadership positions. I can't visualise 14 or 15 year
scouts willing to be lead by a 12 year old?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City