Re: Troop Problem with Webelos Leaders
Todd Tingblad (TINGBLTN@CNSVAX.UWEC.EDU)
Mon, 6 Mar 1995 08:52:07 -0500
Alan, here are some of the things I do to get our message across to the
Webelos Leaders and parents. We all must remember that these leaders,
parents, and most imporantly, the Webelos are coming from the top of their
organization, the pack. With a simple crossing over a bridge and they all
become new members to a running operating they don't understand. They are
now at the bottom. That Top Dog status is gone. We work to make them
understand Boy Scouts.
To all Webelos (5th garde) Leaders and Webelos a copy of the troop's
newsletter sent to them starting as soon as the last group graduated from Cub
Scouts. They start seeing Boy Scout adventures as soon as they become the
top of the Cub Pack. That is, the local Boy Scout adventure.
Again to all Webelos Leaders and Webelos, a copy of the troop's yearly
calendar is sent. Now they have a view of our activity schedule.
All 5th grade Webelos Dens are invited to two campouts, Fall Camporee
(Sept.), and our November campout and Family Feast. At Fall Camporee, teh
Webelos are guess and have their own program. But we came together. For the
November campout, we camp in cabins with advancement as the main theme.
Family Feast is a Pot-Luck were all troop families are invited to the Scout
Camp. We roast turkeys for everyone. After the feast is a Court of Honor.
They see, but done get any awards. NOTE: these Webelos have their own Spring
district event at the same time as the troop. They see us, but are busy with
their own program.
What happens next was a surprise the first time it happened, the
Webelos...not the leaders...asked to go with us on our next campout in
December (it always happens that way...why? It's a boy program). By the
Sunday morning of the November campout, all the Webelos and leaders are set
to go on the December campout. Great another chance to be with them. More
time to get them ready for Boy Scouts. We are also invited to start coming
to our troop meetings.
We hold a Webelos' Parents meeting to let the parents get to know us Boy
Scout Leaders and answer questions about the program. When Webelos
graduation was in late May or Early June, this only gave these parents 2
weeks to get to know us before sending them off to Summer Camp for a week.
Many Webelos (New Scouts) woul dnot go with us to Summer Camp.
January is Klondike Derby and the Webelos' last big event as a Webelos Den.
The troop supplies the Klondkie Derby Sleds to the dens.
February is Blue & Gold and we get 90% to cross over (90% of what's on the
books). We work to get these new scouts to summer camp in June. In one
year, we keep 75% of the new scouts.
***** The TRUE SECRET to all of this to work. *****
Each Webelos Den has a Den Chief. The boys from the troop that are Den
Chiefs stay Den Chief with the same den from Bear through Webelos. The Den
Chiefs become Troop Guides when their den becomes a patrol in the troop.
It is the Den Chief that becomes the true link from the pack to the troop.
An adult only link has not work as well. The Den Chiefs set the example of
what happens in Boy Scouts. It is that carrot again. That next activity
that can only be gotten if you stay in the program.
It works and works well...for us. Now we are working on the 25% we lose in
the first year.
Todd Tingblad -- TINGBLTN@UWEC.EDU
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