Re: Following the rules (?)
Dr. Steven C. Myers (R1SCM@AKRONVM.BITNET)
Fri, 26 Feb 1993 17:00:25 EST
On Thu, 25 Feb 1993 20:49:40 -0400 Brian Schroeder said:
>>IMHO, the 2 year Webelos program is about 6 months too long. Most of the boys
>>I've seen complete AOL in 18 months or less, are tired of the Cub Program, and
>>want to move on around January of the second year. I'll be a Webelos den
>>next year (with my younger son) and I'm shooting for graduation in 18 months.
> I agree on this point totally. The two year Webelos has seriously hurt
>my troop. We haven't gotten any new scouts from the pack in about three years
>now. All of the Cubs drop out in the year between First and Second Webelos. I
>don't know if this is just the pack, but we had been getting a good number of
>boys until the program was changed.
>ASM Troop 95
>Miami Valley Council, Ohio
Bummer. It is NOT the program. It may be the Pack. What you need to do is
to get more involved in the transition. But here is a more direct idea:
Contact your unit commissioner, or failing that your district commissioner,
or failing that your district executive (who has a direct stake in the number
of boys with membership cards). Tell them you want a list of the boys (and
addresses and phone nos. ) of boys in the Pack. Tell them to keep this list
updated as the pack changes. BTW, your SM may have to ask or you as ASM may
have to be the "Webelos Resource Person" for the Troop.
Now the hard part. It is up to you to call every scout and tell them about
the Boy Scouting program. Remember the theme "Boy Scouts Do It!" Send every
Webelos a card during anniversary month or any other time you can think of an
excuse. Attend their Pack meetings and observe who gets what and write and
congratulate them. Other stuff like that.
Send me your snail mail address and FAX number and I'll try to get some stuff t
o you one way or the other on the transition.
Steve Myers (SM T1)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City