Re: WEBELOS TRANSISTION
ralph romig (rwromig@PPCO.COM)
Fri, 10 Mar 1995 08:32:33 -0600
In his post Henry Hein said:
> What I see is that many
>potential leaders from the Cub side get so turned off that we lose them
>not to mention the greater then 50% loss of Webelos to Scouts that we are
>seeing. I've also been very turned off by my District and Council Scout
>people, but am hard-headed enough to work through or around them for the
>boys. Communication between Troops and Packs is important however we need
>to clean the wax out of some of the deaf ears or replace them with
>leaders with open ears.
I've seen much the same here, but I'm not sure that many of the reasons are
traceable to district/council reasons. Many of the best Cub Level Leaders
have really poured a lot of energy into the program for up to 5 years.
That's a pretty large committment on the part of volunteers. When they
graduate with their boy, they would like to have a chance to recharge. Plus
many of them would like to observe before they jump in. Allowing them to be
involved in campouts, on boards of review, etc to slowly recharge them can
keep them involved and "wet their appetites" for bigger assignments later.
The communication issue is a real shortcoming. Some Pack/Troop pairs seem
to really have it working. We have one Charter partner with an outstanding
pack/troop pair. But most are not in that situation. The pack I was
Chairman of is an outstanding unit, but the troop at the same location is
mediocre at best. The program at the troop isn't strong enough to attract
the parents and boys of the pack.
This year we graduated 22 Webelos. 7/8 in one patrol went to the strongest
Troop in the area. (1 dropped and 1has droped since transition) 3/7 from the
second patrol went to the same Troop. 4/7 went to the sister Troop, but
they were all members of the Parish and had a special attachment to the
Charter Partner. The third patrol has not decided, but 1 of those boys is
moving to Florida in a couple of months. The third patrol will graduate
later this month. No feedback from them.
The keys IMHO are to:
1. Develop and maintain strong programs (both pack and troop level).
2. Opening communications to the Webelos and Webelos Leaders early.
3. Not taking for granted that the boys will transition to Boy Scouts or
that they will join the sister Troop.
4. Sell the Boy Scouting Program to Webelos.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City