Webelos to Scouts Transition -Reply
Mary Lee Foley (MFOLEY@UTNET.UTOLEDO.EDU)
Fri, 2 Jun 1995 09:50:41 -0500
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 have one! I have never understood the requirement that the boy fill out
an application to join a troop without requiring him to turn it in and actually
join the troop. What is this, an exercise in how to fill out forms?
Sorry if I sound a little harsh. We have a pack and troop which are
working closer together than they did several years ago. Boy Scouts help
run some of the pack's special activities (bike rodeo, cub olympics, more)
and the troop frequently invites Webelos on outdoor activities so that the
Webelos have every opportunity to fulfill their AOL requirements. For two
years in a row, every Webelos earned the AOL (11 last year, 3 this year.)
BUT only one den last year (5 boys) actually bridged into the troop. It
wasn't a problem with the troop... the other Webelos simply had no
intention of continuing Scouting. (sports/peer pressure/lack of support at
home/whatever) This was obvious all year, both years.
I guess what really bothers me is (setting myself up for flames...) I think the
boys who didn't bridge into any troop received the AOL under false
pretenses. Yeah, I know, they fulfilled the letter of the law, but what about
the spirit of it?? It just doesn't seem right to me.
This doesn't express everything quite the way I wish, but it seems to be the
best I can do today. I'll listen to other opinions if you care to send them.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City