Cliff Golden (C60DJK1@MVS.CSO.NIU.EDU)
Mon, 13 Mar 1995 10:19:00 CST
re: Webelos Transition
We use the "New Scout Patrol". The patrol is usually made up of the
previous members of the Webelos group, but not always. They elect
their own PL and APL just like any other patrol. A Troop Guide is
assigned to the patrol to act as an advisor. He is the Mentor for
the newly elected PL. An ASM for membership also keeps a watchful
eye on the new boys patrol. We usually have one, sometimes two, and
have had as many as three patrols. One Troop Guide per new Scout
Times of Transition.
We use the "Jumping in January" program, where the Webelos den
starts attending Troop Meetings in January. They start out with
their own meeting down the hall, just joining us for opening and
closing ceremonies. They gradually are included more and more into
the total troop meeting, until they are totally assimilated into the
troop membership as a new patrol. Official crossover usually takes
place in spring at the Camporee. We usually take part in a Pack
ceremony as well as at our troop Court of Honor. Each time they are
presented something symmbolizing their transition into Scouting.
We usually work with the Webelos Patrol to accomodate their wishes.
If they want to transition in March, we do it then, June, whatever.
We try to be flexible to work with the Packs and their families.
We also maintain an open door policy. We accept new Scouts at any
time of the year. Our major recruiting times are spring for
webelos and then a few "friends" trickle in over the summer, with
some boys coming in fall. Usually only 1/2 to 2/3 of our recruits
are Webelos. We get friends of new boys coming in from outside the
Scouting program because they hear about all the activities.
It can be a little bit of a problem with starting new boys at
different times, but that's not a problem that can't be overcome
with a little extra work.
YIS, Cliff Golden Scoutmaster Troop 33
DeKalb, IL Advisor Post 333
Three Fires Council BSA Commissioner Kishwaukee District
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