Re: Webelos Badge -- what does it mean?
(no name) ((no email))
Fri, 16 Oct 1992 16:51:44 CDT
Hi! I have seen this work at other places and have sometimes questioned the
worth, but I believe that its up to the Pack to decide on this. (Kathie, as
our resident Cubbing expert, please comment so that I can know for sure if
this is possible!)
There are several positive things that come from this. The first is that
the Webelos Den receive a new identity...they're no longer DEN 4 or WEBELOS
DEN 2; they are the Flaming Hood Arrow or Natcher Hawks (from the names of
their schools and the "traditional" Patrol names) Den. Second, when they
participate with the Troop as a Patrol, time is not lost on developing a name
and flag for the den. Third, while not a really great thing, when all of
them decide to join the Troop, they have a ready identification within the
Troop when they get there. Finally, this sparks that "I wanna" within the
Cubs of the Pack when they realize that those guys over there are going
to be going places in this new identity.
There are negative things as well. The largest one is that the Pack leaders,
in particular the Webelos Den Leader and Assistant, will treat the boys as
Scouts BEFORE their time. This can create lots of embarrassing momment,
especially during campouts and other outdoor events. Sometime in the
transition from calling them "den 4" to "Hawks", there exists a subtle
transition from "Den" to "Patrol". It is important to note that they are
*still* a DEN, no matter what the special trappings are placed upon them.
Other negatives include the situation where individual Den members are placed
in when they join a Troop and does NOT wish to belong to the "Hawks"; the
attitude of the Troop members when this "instant Patrol" shows up; and the
situation when new boys come into the Den during the year and are "shut out"
by over-active boys/leaders ("We made this Den before you got here...you'll
goin' to havta wait for next year to start your own", that kind of thing).
Kathie can tell us the specifics on whether this is "legit" by Scouting
but I can tell you from observation that this could be a blessing....and
a curse at the same time!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City