Re: Webelos to Scouts Transition
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Tue, 6 Jun 1995 21:53:53 -0400
The problems you mentioned are real and hit a lot of Councils. This all
goes to planning and you are right - Scout Troops need to more of it.
Many experienced Scoutmasters welcome the opportunity for incoming Webelos
by making sure to reserve enough spaces at camp for Scouts in the Troop
and estimated incoming Webelos. This really helps when a camp is often
full very early in the year. Troops that don't want new Webelos to go to
camp are missing the best opportunity to get new Scouts that they have.
If denied this important opportunity, many will quit before the second
chance comes around. Such a Troop may well dwindle.
The best Troops plan well in advance to be receptive to Webelos by having
a strong den chief program, joint activities, meetings oriented to
exciting the Webelos, and early meetings with prospective parents to
arrange for the new Scouts to be able to go to summer camp.
However, it sounds like you haven't found such a Troop just yet. Talk to
your Commissioner staff about other Troops and they should be able help
you find one that takes membership seriously. Alternatively, if the
Troops in your area are already saturated, I don't know of a DE that
wouldn't jump at the chance to organize a new unit.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
Prof. Beaver, Nat. Capital Area Council, BSA mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG
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