Re: Webelos Badge -- what does it mean?
Sleezer, Jim (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Fri, 16 Oct 1992 15:47:51 CST
A Webelos Den is a den, not a patrol. I think your leader is jumping the
gun on this one. However, my experience is that if a group of boys join
a troop at about the same time, a "new scout patrol" really works wonders
to get them involved and moving. But, this should occur when the den
moves to the troop, not while the boys are still Webelos.
BTW, the den doesn't have to, nor should it necessarily, move to a troop
as a group. Boys may want to join different troops, or may graduate at
any time. Personally, I favor several graduation occasions a year. One
boy may not feel comfortable making a move by himself, but when you have
a second complete AOL, then there are two--don't wait for six or eight.
When I was younger, we always did AOL at the beginning of the pack meeting,
immediately following the opening ceremony. The room was darkened and the
AOL recipient and parents were called forward. The new SM slipped in without
the boy seeing him. After the AOL was awarded, the boy's Webelos neckerchief
was removed and the new SM stepped forward with a troop neckerchief. The
new SCOUT was then escorted from the room by the new leader (and sometimes
several boys from the troop), never to be seen again (at that pack meeting).
This required communication with neighborhood troops and a bit of planning
but was very impressive. Parents were always advised in advance of what
would take place. The best were when the boy went directly to the troop
meeting that was held on the same night as the pack meeting. We had a high
graduation and retention rate.
I also like the mass recognition (graduation) ceremony held at the spring
camporee in Minnetonka District (Viking Council). The ceremony is impressive
and is held during the Boy Scouts campfire (but in a different area). The
Scout campfire and the AOL ceremony ended about the same time and the grads
were escorted back to troop campsites for food and fellowship. Again, a very
high graduation, retention rate.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City