Re: Webelos to Scouts Transition
ralph romig (rwromig@PPCO.COM)
Thu, 1 Jun 1995 13:26:06 -0500
>For US Scouters (sorry about the provincialism):
>At one of the Key Three Seminars at the National Meeting it was suggested
>that, in order to better our chances of getting Webelos to continue in
>troops, registration in a troop be a mandatory requirement for Arrow of
>Light. That would insure that a unit at least would have the opportunity
>to "sell" the program. Any opinions out there?
Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe boys at that age are not
allowed to be dual registered. Second boys cannot join Boy Scouts till they
have the Arrow of Light or are 11 years old. To require registration before
earning the AOL would mean that boys could not transition till after 11.
Several other current rules would have to be changed to support this.
The current rules require that a registration form be filled out.
I'm of a different opinion.
I believe that if troops actively "sell" their program to the Webelos, the
transition will be a higher percentage. Secondly the interaction to the
Packs should be routine and ongoing. By this I mean encourage Boy Scouts to
serve as Den Chiefs; invite Web 1 boys to go on campouts; invite Web 1 & 2
to visit troop meetings; put on a demonstration of scout skills at a pack
meeting (coordinated with the Cubmaster of course); etc. Most of all ensure
a well run program at the Troop level.
Good program will attract boys, but that in itself is not enough. Even good
programs can't sell if they don't market themselves to the feeding packs.
Case: I was CC of a pack for 2 years. The pack was very dynamic and had
112 boys. Our associated troop was 24 boys. The program at the troop was
mediocre. They didn't volunteer boys to be Den Chiefs. They waited for the
Den Leaders to contact the troop to schedule visits and camping.
The pack leadership viewed this as poor marketing. Less than 1/2 of our
boys were continuing and less than 1/2 the boys continuing were going to the
associated Troop. The pack wanted to change these figures. Finally one of
the Pack Den Leaders took a position as ASM of the Troop and the Cubmaster,
myself, and the new ASM decided to do some things differently last year.
The troop has now provided 2 or 3 Den Chiefs. The Troop invites boys to
come camping and to visit.
Unfortunately it was a little late for this years recruiting for the Troop.
(If they had been able to get all of the graduating Webelos 2 boys the troop
would have doubled in size) But maybe it will help by next years recruiting
efforts. The Troop was able to pick up about 5 to 7 of the 24 graduating
boys. (12 to 14 went to another Troop down the street and the balance
BTW Program strength figures into this. My own son was among the
graduating Webelos this year. He decided to go to the troop down the street
on the basis of his visit over there. They have a strong program and he
could see that in his visit.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City