Let Cub Scouts be Cub Scouts
Robert L. Eskridge (bob@IRSINC.COM)
Tue, 27 Aug 1996 09:30:51 -0500
Barb Stephens of Omaha, NE writes about having her Webelos den study BSA
stuff and preparing the boys for the Boards of review.
I have serious misgivings about advancing the boys to quickly into the next
level of activities. The programs are designed to be age appropriate. My
experience with the Scouting program from Tigers to Explorers is that there
is more than enough at each program level to keep the boys interested and
prepare them for the next level. I have been involved with units who are
so busy taking Webelos on campouts and camporees that many of the boys can
get there First Class award but do not qualify for their Webelos badge or
Order of the Arrow award. I would like to see more time put in to ensure
all the boys get their age appropriate awards. To this day I am still very
proud when my sons look at my Webelos colors with all the pins on them and
the AOL award (square knot) on my uniform. I feel we might be providing
the boys a disservice when they know the requirements for Tenderfoot better
than they know the requirements for their Webelo badges. I am sure many of
the fathers tend to wait out the Cus Scout years to get their boys crossed
over into Boy Scouts to relive their youth. I wholeheartedly admit doing
this on more than one occasion. But I also take great pride when my boys
stand up at a Pack Awards ceremony to receive their activity pins.
If *all* the boys have achieved *all* the pins and awards for Webelos then
perhaps it is time well spent in actively preparing them for their
Tenderfoot, but I have yet to come across such an occurrence. In the mean
time let Cub Scouts be Cub Scouts.
Robert L. Eskridge, CFO
Intelligent Reasoning Systems, Inc.
7801 N. Lamar Blvd Suite E216
Austin, TX 78752
512/302-5243 512/302-5246 (Fax)
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