Re: webleos to scouts transition
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Wed, 16 Oct 1991 00:15:00 EDT
Monica, et all:
Sorry it took so long to reply to this issue. The entire thing with WEBELOS
Scouts moving to Scouting is something new that I have to get used to...
..But I do have my own opinion in this case, and that is: If there's nothing
out there that you (and your WEBELOS) want to join, start your own!
(Yes...I stated, start your own Scout Troop!)
Many times, Scouters will want to take the "easy way" out of things by
just succombing to the "way things are" and place their WEBELOS (or new Scouts)
into Troops like the one you described, Monica. All that really does is to
turn off parents and youth, potentially away from the program for good.
We get enough "turnaways" from the media and the cynics!!
This is a great time to start a new unit with new traditions and newer
ways of getting things done. Add some Scouts from neighboring units that
eventually will come your way because they too, (or their parents) found
an yet another alternative to the "status quo" and you will in years, have
a successful Troop.
There are a couple of pitfalls to this....the biggest one is getting too
involved in the new unit to the point of overshadowing the youth leaders.
When that happens, your unit is on a downslide. Training and planning by the
youth and adult members should resolve this and then, you're ready to move on!
Monica, and others that face that problem should consider organizing a new
troop..it takes five youth and five adults and a good chartered partner
organization (or a group of parents!!) The benefits outweigh the bad parts
and your WEBELOS (now Scouts) will enjoy a more rewarding experience being the
"trendsetters" of a new unit....
...and you will too!
Settummanque!@HEY!!You KNOW that I've been a professional before, because *only*
professional Scouters would recommend organizing a new unit instead of the
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City