Re: Scouts transition
Steven P. Elwart (SElwart@AOL.COM)
Wed, 23 Nov 1994 01:58:20 -0500
PERSONNEL: Troop Adult Leaders, Pack Adult Leaders, Senior Patrol Leader or
Assistant, three (3) Boy Scouts, and Webelos who will graduate.
EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Bridge to be constructed, one (1) piece of rope
approximately 12 Feet long, and Troop 110 neckerchief, red tabs and 25 year
bar for each Scout that will cross over.
PROGRAM: Conducted by the Scoutmaster or Chairman of the Troop or Cubmaster.
Webelos, the gap between Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting is great and you will
need help in crossing it. In Cub Scouting you learn to work together and
begin to learn some Scouting skills.For one to get from Cub Scouts to Boy
Scouts, he must bridge this large gap. To construct the bridge over this
gap, one must have a foundation for this bridge. This foundation was
obtained from your Cub Scout experiences.
One is the KNOWLEDGE that you have learned in church, school, home and Cub
Scouts.(The Boy Scouts should at this time place the "KNOWLEDGE" board on one
set of the steps.)
The second one is TRUTH. You know that being truthful is better in the long
run. It gets you further and more friends than being untruthful.(The Boy
Scouts should at this time place the "truth" board on the other set of
The Boy Scout oath provides you with self-esteem. This gives you the
ability to construct more of your bridge to span the gap to Boy Scouting.
The Scout Oath provides three stringers to reach across the gap from one
foundation to the foundation of the opposite side.
The stringers are:1. DUTY TO GOD AND COUNTRY2. DUTY TO OTHERS3. DUTY TO SELF
(Boy Scouts should hold up each stringer as its name is called out and then
place it on the foundations.)
You could cross the gap now but, with no decking on your bridge, it would be
dangerous. You have stable foundations from Cub Scouting, strong stringers
from Webelos and now Boy Scouting will assist you in constructing the deck of
The Scout law provides the deck. Each board of the decking is because:1. A
Scout IS TRUSTWORTHY.2. A Scout IS LOYAL.3. A Scout IS HELPFUL.4. A Scout IS
FRIENDLY.5. A Scout IS COURTEOUS.6. A Scout IS KIND.7. A Scout IS OBEDIENT.8.
A Scout IS CHEERFUL.9. A Scout IS THRIFTY.10. A Scout IS BRAVE.11. A Scout IS
CLEAN.12. A Scout IS REVERENT.
(Boy Scouts should again display each board on the decking as it is called
out and then place in on the stringers.)
You now have a bridge to cross the gap, but you still need help. The Boy
Scout Troop provides that. Scouts in the Troop work together, have fun,
learn, and keep each other safe. Therefore the Scouts will escort you across
(The Webelos and Pack Leaders remove the boy s neckerchief, and blue
epaulets. When the escort Scout and the prospective Scout get across the brid
ge, each Scout there extends the handshake of welcome. The Troop Leadership
welcomes new members by placing the Troop neckerchief on him and placing the
red epaulets on the uniform. The new Scout is then handed the 25 year bar.)
(If a new neckerchief is not available to be presented, one should be
borrowed from the Scouts present. The Scout may remove his own neckerchief
and place it on the new Scout himself.)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City