Transition to Boy Scouting/Arrow of Light
Fri, 2 Jun 1995 10:45:06 -0600
IMHO it would be a mistake to require that boys register in a Boy Scout
troop in order to receive the Arrow of Light award, for the following
- Cub scouting is a great program for young boys, whether or not they go on
to boy scouting. Some boys don't go on to boy scouting, for many reasons.
Why make them feel that they have somehow failed, or not been a proper cub
- The arrow of light award is the highest award in CUB SCOUTS. Why force a
link to boy scouts? Adult leaders are proud to have that red/green knot on
their uniform, whether or not they made it into boy scouts.
- Boys who don't plan to go on to boy scouting may drop out of cub scouts
early, if they feel they can't complete the program and get the ultimate
- Boy scout troops would be inundated with boys who join just to get the
arrow of light, and drop out soon after.
- It's expensive to join a boy scout troop ($50/year dues for ours). This
places a burden on many families who maybe can't afford boy scouts,
especially if the boy isn't interested anyway.
I like the requirement that the boys visit a troop. It might be nice to
have them visit two troops (most do, but not all). We have a large troop
(75 boys) and usually have around 200 webelos visit each winter and spring.
Since I work mainly in transition, I'm usually involved with the visits.
We try our best to promote boy scouting, and emphasize the difference from
cub scouting -- which these boys have had their fill of by age 11. We hope
that all boys will at least give boy scouting a try, but I don't think it
should be mandated. Hope this is helpful.
Yours in scouting,
ASM Troop 107
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City