Trouble with Webelos Leaders
Michael Smith (msmith@EMST-DC.PLANSYS.COM)
Mon, 6 Mar 1995 09:30:07 EST
Alan wrote about problems coordinating activities between the Boy Scouts and
Webelos who are crossing over (problem mainly with leaders). We have a very
active pack with an excellent cross-over record. We have a number of troops
that interface with us over the year....however, the most successful, as far
as getting our Cub Scouts, starts that interface at the beginning of the
Once the Pack program develops, it is very difficult to modify. Also, if the
event (campout, etc.) is not on the program, you are relying on Webelos
Leaders and Cubmasters to fit this into their own program (some do it well,
some don't). I feel that the most successful interface between Cub Scouts
and Boy Scouts is with the Pack Committee Chairman IN LATE AUGUST OR EARLY
As a Committee Chairman, when a Boy Scout Troop approaches me with their
troop's events, I (along with the committee) look at these Boy Scout events
and identify one or two that are placed in our Pack's plans. Together with
the Boy Scout leader, we identify what would be the best events for the
Webelos to attend to "get a taste of the troop".
Just recently, we sent a number of Webelos to a campout with a local Boy
Scout Troop. Over 80% of our Webelos attended. This month, we are also
invited to a campout with another troop. That invitation came just a couple
weeks ago. It looks like attendence will be sparse. The difference is that
the first campout was on our Pack schedule right from the start, it was
promoted and planned for, and the boys were looking forward to it right from
the beginning of the year.
So if you are a Boy Scout Leader interested in attracting Cub Scouts, talk
with the Pack Committee Chairman very early in the year. This will ensure
that the Boy Scout Program and the Cub Scout Program can be synchronized so
that, come cross-over time, proper opportunities for the Cub Scouts to
experience various troups and activities were presented. No last minute
modifications to either program will be required.
Committee Chairman, Pack 160, Herndon, Va.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City