Re: Transitions and Recruiting
Barb Stephens (bsteph@CREIGHTON.EDU)
Fri, 21 Feb 1997 15:17:38 -0600
On Thu, 20 Feb 1997, Kelly Parker wrote:
> when does the troop allow the boy to join and participate? My pack has
Pack 114 generally bestows the Arrow of Light award at the Jan
pack meeting, crosses over ALL the Webelos at the Feb (Blue&Gold) pack
meeting and then the new Boy Scouts attend the first meeting after the Feb
pack meeting. THIS YEAR though, my Webelos had done all they were
interested in as Cubs at the end of Jan. I had their BSA applications
they'd filled out for the troop and delivered these to the SM who promptly
turned them in to the Council office along with the $1 transfer fee. This
was done for 3 reasons: 1) to let the Webelos attend a Boy Scout "lock-in"
as Boy Scouts - not as Webelos who would need an adult companion; 2) to
start attending troop meetings and getting in at the "ground" level of
working on the Safety MB; 3) the Webelos/new Scouts WANTED to start
attending the meetings!
I think you have to feel out the boys and what they want. If you
have a good relationship with the Troop, it certainly helps!
> Second, it seems to me that troops in general have lost any desire to
> recruit. Many are the howls at RT about how this or that troop died
Having just transitioned my Webelos, I am LESS than thrilled at
the effort expended by the troop. My husband has become an Asst SM and I
will join the Troop committee next fall (I'm glad to have my Thursdays for
myself and my daughter for a while). Then, I hope we'll be able to
improve this area of the troop (along with the Den Chief program)! So
many troops take their "feeder Webelos" for granted!!
Barb Stephens Creighton University
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