Re: WEBELOS TRANSISTION
John Bemis (jbemis@CASS.MA02.BULL.COM)
Fri, 10 Mar 1995 09:48:36 -0500
Background - 3 yr as a Scoutmaster (40->60 Scouts+ 11 Trained Leaders)
4 yr as an Assistant SM (3 different troops)
2 yr as Troop Committee
2+ yr as Webelos Den Leader
4 yr as Pack Committee
2 yr as Den Leader Coach
1 yr as Pack Committee Chairman
6 yr as District Training Committee
Boy Scout Leader Wood Badge + two as staffer
Cub Scout Trainer Wood Badge
(all this between 1983 til now!)
I am working hard to bring my district committee back as a usefull
group to the units, leaders, and themselves. I am constantly being reminded
and reminding the committee members that of the 2000 Scouts in the district,
1300 are Cub Scouts. Of the 500 Adult Leaders, 350 are Cub Scout Leaders.
There are currently 32 Packs and 32 Troops with 3 units being started.
Yet we expend all or the most efforts for Boy Scout Troops. The new
Membership Chairman wants to find out about Cub Scouts "because there are
so many units asking for service" and his background is a Scoutmaster for
the last 5 years. I invited him to get trained at Cub Scout Leader Basic
with a long talk over coffee. My Advancement Chairman asked if I had heard
of any Cub Scout leader that knew about the Cub Scout Sport/Academics program
to be a member of the district advancement committee.
Find the interest and feed the fire!
Is the district leadership ever been briefed on headcount issues?
Have they been briefed on the Webelos Scout issue to be found in
"Are we keeping the Promise?" The package was intended for Troop Leaders
but should be expanded to cover the district support. I am trying to
expand the boundaries to get more attention by presenting it at the
district meeting monday and boy Scout roundtable next tuesday.
Are Cub Scout Leaders involved at district level? When I look at
my district committee, there is only one chairman (training) who is
involved with a Pack. Look closer and you will find a split training
committee for Cubs and Boy Scouts. Help is on the way because the District
Chairman is the parent of a new Wolf Cub Scout. I'll even get him to go
to training as a Pack Leader yet.
P To your question, Pack leaders are new to a Cub Scout program
and they are new to Scouting in general. They consider it too hard,
unappoachable, beyond their comprehension, etc. I still recruit them for
an amazing amount of work. Boy Scout Leaders have already been through
that "Cub thing" phase in their lives and have discovered that there
is more to Scouting than their unit. Where do they see a friendly face
or any support? At the district cub scout roundtable and from their
unit commissioner if they are lucky enough to have one. I make the
opportunity for the Cub leaders to meet the district committee chairman
by asking the Cub Scout Roundtable ti use the resource. The RT passes
out their names and numbers, if they are not there to pass out their own
cards. They are accessible. oh by the way the cub scout roundtable is
the only one that has fun because the district commissioner runs the boy
Yours in Scouting
Quinsigamond District Training Chairman, Mohegan Council, Worcester, Ma
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City