Re: Troop Problem with Webelos Leaders
Bruce Henry (BHENRY@INDYVAX.BITNET)
Tue, 7 Mar 1995 12:33:49 -0500
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I have noticed most replys start geeting aquanted with Webelos in
september of their second year. Our troop starts when the boys are wolves
or tigers. We do this by helping at pack activities. Scouts are judges
for the derbies, reggata and fun days. The pack jions us for a Christmas
party, they provide snacks and we supply the entertianment. This is in
addition to providing Den Chiefs for the dens, which go to day camp or
adventure camp with them, and taking the webelos to a cabin campout in
February and usually the Spring Camporee. Usually by the time the boys
get to be Webelos, they and their leaders are on first name basis with
several scouts and adults in the troop. This makes for a smooth
transition of both boys and adults.
The cabin campout mentioned earlier is a combined campout of
Webelos, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts sponsored by our charter orginization.
This year we took 12 webelos who had just graduated (10 of which were
coming to our troop), 9 first year webelos, and 17 parents and leaders.
Not to mention the 22 scouts and 8 scouters. The outing is planned with
the Scouts helping the Webelos work on the outdoor group of activity pins
in the morning. The afternoon is for the Scouts to work on their
advancements and the Webelos to explore the camp with scout guides. This
gives the troop adults a chance to help the webelos leaders and the parents
become familiar with the Boy Scout program. Most parents are quit
shocked at the lack of adult direct involvement in things the boys do,
which is when we explain the Boy Scout program.
The activities described above are basically with our brother pack
under our chartering organization. We do get boys from other pack, mostly
their parents belong to the church who sponsors us. These boys do not
have the long history with the troop. For them we advertise in the church
bulletin so they know about activities and they are invited on all. As
the number of boys from these packs increase we are sending them back to
their units as den cheif and as representatives at other functions
sponsored by their pack. This has caused some growing pains. But hats
good, right? :) I hope this helps. YiS
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Bruce Henry - SM Troop137
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