Steve Souza (76703.633@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Thu, 4 Mar 1993 03:39:22 EST
quoting From: "Kathie Cerveny" kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU
> They might actually also learn the meaning of the word WEBELOS. So many
> adults do not.
> We = we will (it's actually seen as "We'll)
> be = be
> lo = loyal
> s = scouts
Actually, there is an old and a new meaning to WEBELOS... The _original_
meaning has been 'amended' to include the present meaning (because part
of the origins no longer exist <g>).
Originally in Cubs, there were four ranks, as now, but WEBELOS wasn't one of
them... the ranks were:
Bobcat, Wolf, Bear, & Lion (us old guys remember the Lion, right <g>).
Anyway, the original term WEBELOS is explained this way, in: "History of Cub
Scouting". Published by Boy Scouts of America (ISBN 0-8395-3849-9)
"In the laying out of the new program, [Cub Scouting, in 1929] Dr. [Huber]
Hurt and his secretary, [C. Walter] Seamans, worked closely with [Ernest
Thompson] Seton in adapting activities, games, and ceremonies they had seen
while visiting American youth groups, and they borrowed liberally from
Woodcraft Indians, Wolf Cubs, and the Boy Rangers of America. SEton stressed
American Indian lore in place of 'The Jungle Book' emphasis of
Baden-Powell's Wolf Cubs.
"In the first handbooks, 'Akela' became an American Indian boy, son of the
chief of the Webelos Tribe. 'Webelos' was explained as 'a word with inner
meaning, signifying progress from Wolf through Bear and Lion ranks to Scout:
The Webelos was not added as a rank until 1941, created for boys who were 11
1/2 and had their Lion rank. The original Webelos rank patch was what is now
called the Arrow of Light (which wasn't a rank of it's own until 1978, when
the 'arrow' symbol became the AOL patch, and the present day Webelos patch
The Webelos program was overhauled in 1967, adding a distinctive uniform and
the 15 activity pins, going from a 6 month program, to a full year (starting
with boys 10 yrs old, instead of those at 11 1/2). At the same time, the
Lion rank was discontinued.
The 'History of Cub Scouting', also talks about the origin of the Arrow of
"The chief of the Webelos Tribe was called 'Arrow of Light', a name adapted
from the Arrow Park World Jamboree in London in 1929 when the 'Golden Arrow'
was made the symbol of world friendship."
Anyhow... that's enough Cubbing history for today <g>.
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