Kim Moye (kmoye@SPDMAIL.SPD.DSCCC.COM)
Thu, 22 Aug 1996 07:36:47 -0500
Alan is right about making sure the boys get recognition at the pack meeting.
Since we meet during the summer and do not hand out the awards til the
first pack meeting in August, I usually have a "buffer" of awards that I
can space out over some months if I need to. Again, I suggested this, and
the boys voted for it.
Also, many of the activities pin can in fact overlap (i.e. when we did
Outdoorsman, we also worked on Naturalist since we were out camping).
As far as bridging the boys before March (which is typical for my area),
I have some concerns about that. My guys know that they only have to go
to one troop meeting (and sign the appropriate paperwork) and they have
their Arrow of Light. I have discouraged this by explaining that they should
enjoy this time to be "top dog" and to start on their leadership skills (a
lecture that seems to happen after every pack meeting). I don't tell them
the "real reason" which is that most of them (if not all) are still not that
We only have two activity pins left to earn and its only September. What
will fill in the gap? The boys are now prepared, *NOT* to get something
at every meeting. We will be visiting a Boy Scout troop at least once a
month. We still have some beltloops we can work on that I felt they
could not handle before (i.e. math, geography).
As other people have stated, Webelos need to be outdoors as much as possible.
We try to camp at least once a month (exceptions were July and August..just
to hot in Texas for *ME* :). We have been invited to go with a troop at the
end of this month. Yes, anyone who knows me knows that I hate camping.
However, if I stuck with what was *required* for Webelos, they would miss out.
Plus the boys get that added bonus of teasing me. Right before a camping trip
the boys will start their pet saying "Kimmy don't camp, Kimmy don't camp".
I have been fortunate to have motivated kids and good parents to support them.
I have told them we will *never* run out of things to do. When we complete
the Webelos book, out comes their Boy Scout book (crossover gift from the
pack to 2nd Year Webelos). I have told them that I would love for them to
feel comfortable in knowing quite a bit of the Tenderfoot requirements.
Yes, they did knots for outdoorsman, could they do them ALL again?
Yes, they learned the basic first-aid, but they know that on some camping
trips I will be "arranging" accidents to see how they do. (I have stressed
that at NO TIME will I arrange a fake choking, so if they see it, it's for
Sorry this was so long, I just feel real stongly that the Webelos program is
different and can work without losing any boys. Yes I compete with sports
(my son plays too). If the parents let me know the game schedule, we can
usually work something out for our camping (district events are out of my
control as I had to explain to MY son's soccer coach when we had a conflict.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City