Re: Webelos to Scouts Transition
HENRY S. HEINE (hheine@WELCHLINK.WELCH.JHU.EDU)
Thu, 1 Jun 1995 17:59:39 -0400
On Thu, 1 Jun 1995, Michael Holmes wrote:
> 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?
I see two problems, first is that those boys that have met
the current requirements and decided not to go on to scouting probably
have a reason. In many cases here it is due to the many other conflicting
activities that are available and the finacial and time costs force the
boys and their parents to decide between different activities, an
important lesson in life. This requirement then essentially holds the AOL
up for ransom which could be cheap or expensive depending on the Troop
that the boy is "joining".
The other problem would be the "drop out rate". Again one could imagine
that at recharter time there would be a few extra boys not re-upping
because they only originally signed up to complete the AOL requirement.
The current requirements are fair and reasonable they expose the Boys to
the Boy Scouting program and if done correctly to a number of different
This sounds to me more like one of Nationals "the numbers need
improvement here, lets force the issue". Short sighted as it may increase
the transition numbers but will probably also increase the drop out
numbers for first-year scouts.
Perhaps the questions that should be asked instead are why these boys are
not going on and if there are changes in the overall program or local
programs that we can make to have them make their decisions as to what
activities they choose to continue in the Scouts favor.
One of the duties of the Cubmaster is to followup on Webelos that do not
transition. Perhaps they would be a good source to learn what reasons
boys to not move on to Troops.
Hank Heine firstname.lastname@example.org
SM Troop 615,COR Pack 461
National Pike Dist.
Baltimore Area Council
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