Webelos to Boy Scout transition
Fri, 30 Oct 1992 10:12:02 -0500
I'd like to solicit some comments on the Webelos to Boy Scout transition.
We know the rules (11yrs old, etc.), but our pack has had a woeful
history of getting the Webelos into a scout troop. Part of the problem
is that we don't have a true 'sister' troop, but most of the problem was
that our old pack leadership was *not* interested in the Boy Scout side
and didn't encourage the transition. In fact, neither of the old
cubmaster's sons went into scouting. The new leadership wants to change
that. We don't agree that the *only* reason for Cub Scouting is to prepare
boys for Boy Scouts because that diminishes somewhat the value of the
Cub program on its own merits.
I've seen recommendations that as soon as a Webelos qualifies for the
Arrow of Light (assuming he's the right age, etc) that he should move
*immediately* into a scout troop. Other packs hold a single AOL at
the end of the year and move ALL the interested Webs into a troop
as a 'unit'. I can see advantages and disadvantages to both ways.
So what I'm asking those of you experienced in this matter is, is
there a single 'best' approach? Or does it depend more on the individual
boy? I can see that having kids leaving throughout the year can both
DIScourage cubs who aren't advancing as quickly and ENcourage others
to work harder. It also seems that having multiple AOL's could take
away from the 'special' nature of the ceremony. Our district conducts
an impressive crossover ceremony at Scoutarama in May with a real
bridge, dance team, drums, etc. A scout moving over in January would
miss that. Thanks for your comments.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City