Re: WEBELOS-ACTIVITY PINS
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Thu, 21 Apr 1994 09:26:40 EDT
"FLOYD,J. MICHAEL" <MFLOYD@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU> writes:
>I am presently serving as a webelos I den leader. I have eight boys who all
have earned their webelos badge and a minimun of 9 activity pins with some
boys earning already as many as 15.
One of the critisms about this new two-year WEBELOS program is this
fact that you pose, Mike. After a WEBELOS Cub Scout has met all of
the requirements for the WEBELOS badge, many go onward to earn if not
all 20 pins a good portion of them.
The program is designed so that in a given year, a WEBELOS Cub Scout
earns 10 to 14 a year and.....
>Since their is only a maximum of 20 possible acticity pins, the boys will
>soon be max out on these achievements.
So, your question is what to do now, right?
>I do plan to keep them involved with belt loops, and fun special outings and
>activies. Is anybody else having this problem?
>Since they still have one more year of webelos after this year I am concern
>that the boys will lose interest. Is national BSA considering adding more
>activity pins. This would be great to have more options for the boys.
The short and unmoving answer from the BSA is "NO WAY". It took a
long fight on behalf of the Cub Scout Program Division to get the two
year WEBELOS program approved and the additional five activity pins
approved!! You would not imagine what hold-ups the Boy Scouting folks
had on this issue....the only thing that they had no problems with is
the additional rank badge, the WEBELOS badge.
>How many merit badge options does the boy scouts have? Presently
114. But let's not mix oranges and apples here, Mike. Merit Badges
to a Boy or Varsity Scout is on a completely different plane than the
activity pins earned by WEBELOS Cub Scouts. While the WEBELOS Den
Leader signs the approval for the activity pins, the Boy or
Varsity Scout must work with and gain approval from an approved merit
badge counselor. The skills in most cases are more stressful and
builds on basic Scouting skills. Therefore, we are not talking about
the same thing.
Remember that the reason we have WEBELOS Activity Pins is NOT so that
we can create a rank structure. It is to give the WEBELOS Cub Scout
some exposure to earning and working toward a goal on his own, at his
own pace (with some prompting from you and the other boys). This is an
important skill to learn because in Boy Scouting, there's nobody there
to movitate him toward Second Class and First Class except himself.
As a former WEBELOS Den Leader, I only worked on one activity badge
per month and based all of the activities around that badge. If one
of my Den members went out and earned Traveler or Aquanaut on his own,
then I would approve it and sign it off...but he would STILL
participate in the Den's activities in that area (and since he's
already earned the pin, I would use him as a instructor or aide to
help those in my Den who didn't catch on to the elements of the
program's skill yet).
So, again, what to do? Continue to work on the monthly theme and
reinforce what the skills that particular badge worked on. I wished
that I could have done the Engineer and the Scientist badge meetings
over again, because while they were fun, I don't think that I really
got the points of the basic skills across (they and I were more
involved with the experiments and the gadgets than the reasoning
behind them.. Then I met Carl, an chemist that worked at the Savannah
River Plant, and he had some really neat ways to bring across the
scientific principles. But by the time we could meet with Carl there,
the boys were all about ready to graduate to Scout Troops. Carl did
teach the Chemistry Merit Badge to Scouts from our brother Troop.
>Another problem is WEBELOS summer camp this year for my boys, I have 5
>boys planning on going but most of the activity pins they will be able to
>work on they have already earned. I know they will enjoy the camping
>experience but it a shame that there will not be more options for them to
>earn more activity pins. Your suggestion and comments are appreciated
So why don't they work on OTHER badges and awards, like the World
Conservation Award, or the Hornaday Award? Why don't they work on
local Council camping awards? Let them camp, if you feel that they
can't work on anything that week. Let them also serve as aides for
the other Dens that will be there. There's nothing wrong with service
and leadership projects. After all, that's an important part of
Scouting, no matter what the age.
Sorry I couldn't be of more help!!
Settummanque, the blackeagle... (MAJ) Mike L. Walton (
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