Re: Troop Problem with Webel
Peter Van Houten (peterva@QM.WV.TEK.COM)
Mon, 6 Mar 1995 08:46:06 -0800
Alan -- Can I insert my .02 worth, being that I'm a Webelos Leader (among other
things). We're a first year Webelos Den just about to finish that first year and
we're wanting to go to Camporee in April with a Troop. I'm also trying to plan
where the boys get to visit the troop meeting prior to the camporee so they see
what goes on in planning an outing such as this.
Here's what I've encountered so far:
1) We don't want to take any more Webelos for now.
2) You're only a first year group, call us in January next year and we can talk
3) You're moving too fast for these boys...wait until next September or October
to introduce them to Boy Scouts.
4) You've got too many boys ... we couldn't possibly take them all.
Ok...now that I've been fully beaten about the brow, lets look at logic.
Point A: Cross-overs usually occur in Feb/Mar of 2nd year Webelos.
If we wait until Sept/Oct we are putting the Webelos boys in Cold-weather/Rainy
campout situations (Not necessarily the funnest for a first time troop experienc
e). Also, most GOOD troops usually have their Troop Calendar planned by Sept./O
ct. and may or may not have included a Webelos Introduction Campout.
Point B: I believe that the boys should be able to have multiple experiences wi
th different troops. Waiting until Sept/Oct forces you to cattle-car the boys t
hrough troops, making it difficult for the boys to differentiate between the tro
ops. It also demands a greater chunk of parental time in a shorter period, as I
want them to accompany us and see the program as well.
So, Ryan...there are Webelos leaders out here who do plan in advance, but get ve
ry frustrated meeting with Scoutmasters who are less than willing to deal with t
To conclude my discourse, next year I will have 30+ boys available for cross-ove
r. It's going to be tough to place all of these boys as numerous times we've be
en told you have too many Webelos.
PLEASE . . . tell me how many Webelos is the right number of boys. And, than, h
elp me choose which of these boys should not get to experience Boy Scouting beca
use there were just too many of us.
I could further elaborate on the opinions of Scoutmasters (especially long term
ones) and their attitudes toward Cub Scouting, but that's another story.
Giving flight to an Eagle, begins NOT with the tenderfoot. . .but with the Tiger
Cub, and it's through the nurturing care of leaders at the Tiger Cub, Cub Scout
, Webelos, and Boy Scout levels that a young boy becomes a young man, spreading
his powerful wings and taking to the sky soars above the rest.
In Scouting . . .
Peter Van Houten / E-Mail: email@example.com
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City