Re: >Webelos Badge -- what d
(no name) (Peter_Van_Houten@SIMULACRUM.WV.TEK.COM)
Fri, 16 Oct 1992 15:00:50 PDT
RE>>Webelos Badge -- what do
Leah R. Wolf stated the following:
>> One of our den leaders, whose den is now 5th grade Webelos, who is also
>> our new Cubmaster this year, formed his boys into a patrol. His idea was
>> to set them up this way from the beginning of their Scout careers as Cubs
>> then into Boy Scouting. Can Cubs be formed into named patrols?
and Jim Sleezer responded. . .
>> 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.
And I say.....
I agree with Jim in that a den is a den (by name) and not a patrol.
something with our Webelos this year that may be similar to what Leah is
seeing, only we're
not calling them patrols. First let me give you some details. We have 2
second year Webelos
dens, and 4 first year Webelos dens. We've decided to have them all meet on
the same night at
the school. One of the 2nd year Webelos leaders acts as the focal leader
for the whole group (kinda like a Webelos Den Leader Coach), with each of
the other dens having its own den leader.
They meet twice a month for between 1.5 & 2 hours rather than every week.
They start the meeting as a whole group with some type of opening ceremony
and announcments that apply to the group as a whole. This could be a joint
outing, overnighter, or pack activity coming up. They than break up into
their separate groups to work on the activity badge for that night. When
done, they gather back together for a closing ceremony.
The idea behind this format was to 1) provide some experienced help for the
1st year webelos den leaders, and 2) give the boys a feeling of what MAY
happen at a Boy Scout meeting. While it is encouraged that the denner for
the month exhibit some leadership, the fundamental differences between Boy
Scouting and Webelos do exist... Adult led rather than boy led and dens
rather than patrols. As this is the first year we've started this program I
can't give you more than a months worth of feedback, however if interested
I'll be happy to share how it went next April when we cross the second year
Peter Van Houten
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Beaverton, OR 97007
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