My Name (crenn@HPMPEA2.CUP.HP.COM)
Wed, 20 Oct 1993 15:04:00 PDT
>I don't particularly like the thought for the following reasons: The Cub Scout
>unit (the den) is not a particularly a boy run unit. It is an adult run unit.
>The process of training boys to be leaders is a difficult one at best and
>sometimes intimidating. Designating these boys as JACM isn't what you are
>looking for in my opinion. Even the process of leading cheers, singing songs,
>and assisting with the Cubmasters duties will require leadership training
>which I don't think at this point is appropriate. This is only my opinion now,
>and I remember that I was wrong once before (I thought I had made a mistake,
>but I hadn't). Anyway....my two cents.
I have to agree that I'm not particularly enamoured with the idea
either. My take is that the WEBELOS program is designed to prepare the boys
for Boys Scouts. This means giving them experience and skills to work with
other boys in a patrol setting-- not leadership skills. You are skipping a
step in the process. They will get the leadership skills in Boys Scouts.
Consider that the basic unit of Cub Scouting is the Pack. The boys
function in dens to further the Pack Program. Part of the Pack Program is
to teach the boys to work together in dens, under adult direction.
The basic unit in Boy Scouting is the patrol. The boys function as
patrols even to the extent that the Troop is run by a patrol called "The
Patrol Leader Council". This provides many more opportunities for leadership
training in the program designed to provide leadership training.
I would vote for activities and structures that encourage cooperative
boy collaborations at the WEBELOS level. You have to crawl before you walk.
WEBELOS need to learn to act as part of a team before they can learn to lead
Just my $.02. I've been wrong many times. While it's not fun being
wrong, I do learn a lot more when I'm wrong.
San Jose, CA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City