Webelos Transition, Was Univ. of Scouting
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Sun, 8 Sep 1996 15:42:48 -0400
One of the things that often gets overlooked in the Webelos-to-Scout
transition amid the flurry of activity badges, is the importance of
helping to see that each Webelos Scout gets a chance to find a good
match with a Scout Troop. Too often there is an implied assumption
that a Pack's graduating Webelos will all go to Troop X. It is far more
important to give the Webelos exposure to area Troops with differing
programs and help see what choices are out there. At a minimum, however,
the Webelos Den Leader should be checking the following in considering
which Troops his Webelos might visit (borrowed from Pete Farnham):
1. Trained, two-deep, uniformed adults.
2. An active outdoor program, including summer camp?
3. Boy led.
4. Quality unit?
5. Participation in district activities?
6. Attention to proper uniforming?
7. Scout spirit?
8. Size - right fit?
If a Troop checks out, then the chances are that if a Webelos joins the
Troop he'll stay longer.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
Dep.Dist.Commissioner-Training, G.W.Dist., NCAC, BSA (Virginia)
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