Re: Webelos to Scouts Transition -- sign up mandatory?
Ted Burton (tedburtn@HALCYON.COM)
Fri, 2 Jun 1995 22:12:01 -0600
>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?
What if the town has no troop?
What of the planning for the troop, if 10 boys sign up, but you have no
real idea how many are real?
I have seen this requirement in effect in South Central Alaska; lots of
packs gave a form to each of the Webelos, collected the signed forms back,
gave them to the SM, and then the SM never saw some of the boys -- just got
a lot of drop outs that were never really there.
We just used to put on a good show for the Pack when bridging into the
Troop... had all those Wolves & Bears with stars in their eyes. SM made a
report to the Pack every Pack meeting re what the Troop was doing, camping
here, camping there, learning pioneering, Scout O Rama ing; and Scouts made
a point at Scout O Rama of adopting "our cubs" during the show, helping the
Pack with supervision, providing walkaround company for Cubs...
One big happy family. Never had a problem with transition.
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