Webelos Transitition to Boy Scouts
Charles Batteau (B3ZAATN@CPSLSOPS.BELL-ATL.COM)
Mon, 25 Sep 1995 08:43:19 -0400
Last year a Webelos den decided to form a new troop in our area. From
our experience, I would recommend that you look at the situation as of
a year or more from now:
- What kind of program does the established troop have? Is it boy-run
or adult-run. If adult-run, by al means start a new troop.
- What kind of adult leadership does the established troop have
versus what a new troop would have?
- Can the adult and boy leadership of the established troop handle
nine more boys?
- How will the new scouts learn leadership by example? Unless some
of them are very mature, they aren't ready for the position of
Senior Patrol Leader (and many not ready for Patrol Leader).
- Is the proposed adult leadership of the proposed new troop ready to
lead a BOY SCOUT program, with the boys planning and running the
meetings? If not, the troop will wind up with the SM & ASM planning
the program and running the meetings, which is really Cub Scouts in
- How many Cub Scout packs are feeding the established troop? If you
form a new troop, will there be enough graduating Webelos scouts to
support two troops?
Generally, I would recommend staying with the established troop unless
your sponsoring organization starts up a Cub Scout pack also. This
would reach out, hopefully, to more boys in your community and improve
the program overall.
Chuck Batteau -- SM, Troop 751, Glen Allen VA USA
maybe they meant an hour a DAY! :-)
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