Re: Webelos --> Scouts Transition - Timing and the Troop Program
Matt Gulick (mgulick@RADIUS.COM)
Fri, 10 Mar 1995 09:43:42 -0800
>Apropos the current discussions on transition, I would be interested
>in learning how BSA troops who use the "new Scout patrol" - or for
>that matter, those who don't - deal with groups of transitioning
>Webelos who want to come in at different times of the year.
>More to the point, do any troops limit group transitions to specific
>months - for example, March/April and Sept/Oct? And do any limit the
>times that other new, young Scouts (not transfers) may join the
I am Committee Chair of troop 708 in Gilroy Calif. (Garlic Capital of the
World) and am also the New Scout Patrol Leader. What we did was to form a
patrol of all the webloes that would be turning 11 in the coming year in
January. The focus of this patrol was to finish the Arrow of Light and
begin work on the first few ranks of Boy Scouts. It takes at least 6 mo to
earn A of L which meant that they were all Boy Scouts by the end of June (A
boy becomes a scout on his 11th birthday or when he has earned his Arrow of
By years end we were able to have the whole patrol at First Class and ready
to move into the Troop with the other scouts. They would remain a patrol
even after the transition as by this time they had formed a very cohesive
team and worked very well together. They had a sense of belonging and
their is no age problems.
I was worried about the logistics of this with one patrol. There were four
boys who had personalities and interests that were 180 degrees from each
other. But within a short time, these four were inseperable. When one of
the boys was injured and had to have his finger stitched up, his main
concern was would he be able to go back to camp. When he did return the
other boys steped right up and helped him with all the tasks including
serving him his lunch.
These four are one MB away from star scout and are well on their way to
Eagle. They are excited about the program and I pity the adult who tries
to get in the way of their scouting activities.
I hope this experience helps.
"I use to be a Bear..."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City