Webelos AoL Req, Bridging, Attitudes
John Pannell (PANNELLJ@DELPHI.COM)
Sun, 4 Jun 1995 07:05:24 -0400
Since my primary responsibilities in my troop lie with the first year
Scouts, and since the pack which our church also sponsors has had great
success with crossing over its Webelos in Scouts in May, I have been
following the thread on having Webelos fill out a Boy Scout application as a
requirement for the AoL with interest. But throughtout virtually all the
messages I noticed a certain perception, or attitude, if you may, that
bothered me. I'm surprised some Cub Scout leaders have not picked up on it
It seems throughout this thread Webelos Scouting is being treated like
nothing but a "minor league" or "farm team" for the Boy Scouts. All the
emphasis seems to be put on making them into good Boy Scouts. Increasing
transition rates and preparing the boys for Boy Scouts are all good and
admirable goals but I wonder if we are losing sight of another important
goal: providing a great Webelos program. The primary job of the Cub and
Webelos leaders should be to provide the best program for that section that
they can, not to turn the kids into good Boy Scouts.
Cub Scouting should not be treated solely as the Boy Scout troops' farm
system. If I was a Cub leader, I would probably be offended at the apparent
attitude of BSA, Inc., which seems to impress this mentality upon us.
Yep, earning the Arrow of Light is important. Increasing the percentage of
Webelos that bridge to Boy Scouts is important. But Webelos, are not
Boy-Scouts-in-training. That section has its own goals and purposes and
they do not consist solely of making Boy Scouts.
Just my 2c.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City