Re: Webelos AOL Req, Bridging, Attitudes
Randy Worcester (RandyWoo@AOL.COM)
Sun, 4 Jun 1995 23:35:38 -0400
In a message dated 95-06-04 07:11:47 EDT, PANNELLJ@DELPHI.COM (John Pannell)
> 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.
The way the program is designed, graduating into Boy Scouts is the primary
goal of Webelos. The Webelos Den Leader Book of 1967 states: "One of the
goals of the Webelos den is to hold the boy in Cub Scouting and graduate him
into the troop. This does not mean you forget about all the other objectives
and purposes. You'll want to do your best to accomplish these, too. But,
you can feel that you've done your job, if, through your efforts, the 9 year
olds stay in the Cub pack until they can join your Webeols den at age 10, and
then stay with your den until they graduated into a Boy Scout troop." Nine
goals of the program were listed but this was the only one elaborated upon.
In the current Cub Scout leader book, again, it goes out of its way to
state: "One of the purposes of the Webelos Den is to prepare boys for Boy
Scouting and to graduate them into a troop."
And the program helps is even more pointed: "One of your main goals as a
Webelos den leader will be to graduate your Webelos Scouts into a Boy Scout
troop. The Webelos program is, after all, a transitional period from
home-centered Cub Scouting into the world of of Boy Scouting, and it fails
its purpose if the den members don't go into a troop."
My goal is, as you put it, "to make them good Boy Scouts". And How? By
giving them a good Webelos program! If I do the latter correctly, they will
graduate and become good Boy Scouts. One follows the other and they are not
Webelos Den Leader
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City