Dave Hultberg (dave.hultberg@PAONLINE.COM)
Wed, 8 Mar 1995 22:36:35 -0500
Your posts on your difficulties with getting Scout troops to work with your
Webelos dens hit one of my hot buttons. I used to be Cubmaster of one of the
largest Packs in my council (120 boys). It was unbelieveable to me that no
troop in the area showed the slightest interest in recruiting our boys.
Each year we graduated ten or more boys from the pack. I had to "invite"
myself and our Webelos to camp with the Scouts so that they could fulfill
their badge requirements and look for a troop to join. When my son bridged
to the troop I went with him and registered as an ASM. I told the troop
committee when I joined, that we neededa Webelos to Scout transistion plan.
Timimg worked outjust right for meto put this program in place. I went to
Scoutmastership Fundamentals the same month I joined the troop and 5 months
later was fortunate to go to Boy Scout Wood Badge. (I used to be a
Bobwhite.) One of my ticket items wasto put a Webelos Transition planin
place. I was appointed ASM for new Scouts and troop liaison with my old
pack. The Scoutmaster and I attend pack committee meets, selected pack
meetings and the pack family campout. We also give the pack committee a
copy of our schedule as soon as it is set. We invite the pack to participate
in many of our outings and integrate the Webelos into our patrolswhen they
are with us.
For the Webelos transistion plan to work, both the pack and the troop need
to open the lines of communication. Sometimes us a Cub Leader you need to
rap us troop scouters upside the head with a 2x4to get our attention. FWIW,
our troop doesn't turn anyone away who wishes to join us.
Yours in Scouting,
Dave Hultberg, ASM Troop 196, Keystone Area Council
Dave Hultberg, KA3UZR, ASM Troop 196, Keystone Area Council
and a good old Bobwhite too, NE-VI-34
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