Re: CS Advancement - when
John Pannell (PANNELLJ@DELPHI.COM)
Fri, 13 May 1994 20:35:38 -0400
>And besides, it looks stupid not to have a complete "diamond" of badges, if
>the boys want to go back and earn them. We had a couple of boys join as
>Webelos this year that'd never been in Scouting.
>And who is "national" anyway, (I think it's been covered before and I
>probably could look it up). And who is "national" responsive to?
The solution to this problem of Cub Scout advancement, crossing over into
Boy Scouts and earning "lower ranked" badges is so obvious that it does not
surprise me one bit that the folks in Irving have failed to see it.
In the "old days" (even the '70's when I was a kid!) you worked on a rank
(Bobcat/Wolf/Bear) until you earned it or turned ten. At age 10 or when you
completed the fourth grade (your choice) you became a Webelo Scout. You
worked on Webelos awards and the Arrow of Light (no Webelo badge then) until
you turned 11 or completed the fifth grade (again your choice). You crossed
into Boy Scouts at your 11th birthday or the end of fifth grade (up to age
11yrs. 6mos.) when you were ready. Webelos actually wore the Arrow of Light
on their Cub Scout uniforms!
There was no push to earn the rank by end of a certain time (except the 10
and 11 year marks) and the Cubs were free to advance at their own pace.
Troops were organized into patrols that were more than eager to accept new
members, former Cub or not, at _any_ time of the year.
By now it should be obvious, that I disagree strongly with what the Texas
Bureaucrats are doing to the program, in more ways than addressed here.
John E. Pannell
ASM Troop 39
Old North State Council
P.S. No, I am not always this grumpy! *g*
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