Re: Webelos to Boy Scout Transition
Sleezer, Jim (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Fri, 30 Oct 1992 10:25:32 CST
My previous experience suggests that each transition should be based on
the particular situation. While I strongly favor the idea of a Webelos
den graduating as a group, you need to consider the needs of the boys.
There may be some that need to move on to Boy Scouts ahead of the others.
And, there may be some that need to stay involved in the Webelos program
beyond their 11th birthday.
I recently talked with a Scouter while we were attending a conference in
Arizona. We got on the topic of Webelos graduation after I used Scouts-L
to demonstrate an active list. He noted that colleges and universities
often have several "graduation" ceremonies a year. Why shouldn't a pack
have more than one. His pack (somewhere in Texas) held three each year--
the big one in April where all dens graduated plus two others--one in
October for those who completed AOL after the April meeting, and one in
January for older 5th graders who needed to move on before April.
While I believe the excitement and formality of a "graduation" keeps boys
active, you can't fit everyone into the same size uniform at the same time.
Having several opportunities for "group" graduations seems to meet more
BTW, several times after a graduation ceremony, a parent told me that their
son had decided to remain active as a result of the ceremony and looking
forward to new activities. Discarding one kneckerchief for a new one can
make the difference! Because of this, I really believe in making sure that
the graduating Webelos gets a troop neckerchief (not all SMs agree, some want
it to be part of a troop ceremony).
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City