Re: Who are Cub/Webelos Leaders?
Ronald Oakes (oakes@CIG.MOT.COM)
Wed, 12 Oct 1994 15:37:47 +0000
Andrew Stevenson (from Tasmania, Australia) Writes:
> From what I have read here and on rec.scouting it seems all webelos?
> (approx 8-12yrs anyway) are parents of one of the cubs and that the leaders
> move sections when the kids do. Is this BSA policy, just common practice or
> am I imagining things?
In the United States, for the Boys (remember we still have separate
organizations here) Scouts are divided into age groups as follows:
Division Age U.S. School Grade
Tiger Cubs ~6 1st
Cubs (Wolf) ~7 2nd
Cubs (Bear) ~8 3rd
Cubs (Webelos) ~9-10.5 4th and 5th
Boy Scouts 10.5-18 5th through 12th+
Explorers 15-21 9th through College
Explorers is a co-ed program based on themes and not really part of the
normal scout progression any more.
Most of the adult leaders in BSA (and GSUSU I believe) groups are parents
of the participants. In the Tiger Cub program, each boy is partnered with
an adult -- usually a parent, but sometimes an approved adult. In Cubs
there are 2 leaders per den, plus several leaders at the pack level and a
pack committee. These are also mostly parents, and a few parents of former
Cubs. At the Scout level there is at least 2 Scoutmasters (One
Scoutmaster, and one Assistant Scoutmaster) and a troop committee.
Generally the committee and the Scoutmaster's are parents, but you will
find occasionally former scouts, parents of former scouts, and the rare
"other" volunteer in these positions.
The BSA also relies on volunteers at the District and Council (and I would
guess National) levels. These are often former troop and pack leaders --
so are more often the parents of former (graduated) scouts.
Ronald B. Oakes
Scouter, Signal Hill District, Northwest Suburban Council
Palatine (Lake Zurich, Barrington, Rolling Meadows) IL
-- I am one of the rare "other" volunteers, having moved to Illinois after
graduating from college and deciding to stay active.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City