Re: Webelos to Scouts Transition
John Spacher (JSpacher@AOL.COM)
Fri, 2 Jun 1995 22:28:02 -0400
While this would put the boy into a Troop, I don't think it would have a
positive effect. If anything I think it would be the other way around. It
would turn Scouts off and cause alot of dropouts.
Throughout the Cub program the boy has had a chance to work at his own
pace, and decide what to do by himself, (with a little guidence from the
leaders and parents). Then he is told that he will not get an award that he
has work long and hard on untill he does this. He is just liable to rebel at
the idea, or do it grudginly and go into a troop with a bad attitude about
This won't sound right and will draw some fire, but, if the Weblos leaders
is doing their job as outlined in the leaders guide and the way the BSA sets
up the program, the Weblos already has an idea of what Boy Scouts is about,
how it is run, and what they do.The thing is that this take more time than
most voulinteers have to give. One of the problems with the transition as I
see it is that the Weblos program is much more involved than the lower ranks.
The leader of the den or patrol has much more to do and the transition items
lag and suffer because of it. What if some other person took over the task of
the transition and activities with the Troop.
This could be a new member of the Committee, and work in conjunction with
the Weblos leader, but they could each concentrate on their particular part
of it. The transition coach can set things up with the Troop, and this will
ease up the role of the den (Patrol) leader a bit, allowing them to focus on
a better program.
I know that there is supposed to be an assistent helping, but this is not
allways the case.
Just my two cents.
John T Spacher
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City