Re: Webelos Badge -- what does it mean?
G E Hedrick (geh@A.CS.OKSTATE.EDU)
Wed, 14 Oct 1992 20:32:21 CDT
I was at the Round Table that Jim mentioned. I'll try to give things
Attendance: Round Table Commissioner (and DC), ADC (me), two explorer
post advisors, representatives from six troops. Cub Scouts leaders meet
separately. The DC and I were the only ones with RECENT Cub Scout
In the open discussion part of the meeting (after announcements, program,
etc.) the ASM from one of the three most active troops in the district
brought up the subject of Webelos transition. He wanted to make certain
no troop would accept any Webelos graduate until after May. The SM from
one of the other very active troops agreed. That received a orally
violent reaction from the SM of the third unit. (I did not agree with the
reaction, but I find that I sympathize with the SM of the third unit. This
is a most unusual circumstance.) Finally, we decided that we would discuss
this with Packs and troops in the district. Webelos leaders will meet
with the Boy Scout/Explorer Roundtable in November.
Troops spend most of February getting ready for the annual district
high adventure trip, the Ouachita Trek. The trek occurs during
Spring break from school in mid-March. Some leaders think
that the new Boy Scouts are not ready to be exposed to any of this,
including the preparation in February. (They certainly are not ready
to go, but I can see benefits in being exposed to the preparation.
Also, a mini-camporee with only "new boy" patrols could be held at
the same time. So far that is an idea whose time has not come.)
We have lost some scouts after summer camp because they were not ready
for the experience. I think we would lose others if they were
ready, but not allowed to attend.
I believe the there should be only one possible answer to this
question, but I tend to have more of a Webelos leader's view than
a Scoutmaster's view.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City