Re: Transitions and Recruiting
Todd N. Tingblad (ttingbld@PRESSENTER.COM)
Mon, 24 Feb 1997 15:36:55 -0600
Some more items that make the transition to the Boy Scout program from the
Cub Scout program are below.
Many times, the new scout parents simply do not understand how the Boy
Scout program functions because of the way Cub Scouting is run (Cub Scouts
-- Hands On Parents. Boy Scouts -- Boys Leading Boys). So even with a Den
Chief in the Webelos patrol working with the boys, parents also need help
to transition into Boy Scouts. At the January 97 Roundtable for my
district, I presented the following items in my Webelos Transition
presentation. Many of the things I said and will list here, surprised
those Scoutmasters so much, they started asking question on more details on
the subject. I don't thing they really understand the importance of them
being part of the Cub Scout program until now.
So here goes:
* Recuitement of Cub Scouts for Boy Scouts starts at School Night with the
new Tigers (remember, every time I talk able a program area, I also mean to
include the scout's parents). The Boy Scouts should do the openning
(Flags). It is the Boy Scout program that is the Flagship program. It is
this program why these Cub Scouts happen (check your Scouting History). It
is the program that the none Scouting educated sees as the camping &
outdoors program. Remember, hiking and camping are the number one reason a
boy joins Scouting.
* Every single den...even Tigers...is to have a Den Chief. Look at your
Scouting History and how gangs function today. It is always the younger
ones looking up to an example as to what they what to grow up to be like.
Better it be a Scout than some non-Scouting person doing non-Scout like
activities. A Den Chief is a weekly recuiter in the den. These cubs all
want to hear what that Boy Scout has done on the last troop outing. With
Boy Scouts going out every month, this becomes really easy.
* Den Leader Training. It is the Scoutmaster's or assigned Assistant
Scoutmaster's Job to train the Den Leader in how to use that Den Chief.
Too many times, a Den Leader will not take a Boy Scout because all they see
is another kid to watch and control. Remember, that Den Chief is there to
learn to lead and to lead. Without this training, the Den Chief program
and the recuitement they mean (don't forget the great example to the young
cubs). Trained Den Leaders will use the Den Chief as a co-leader instead
of some older trouble maker. The Den Chief needs to lead. That's why its
a Leadership Position for Star, Life, and Eagle.
* Joint Activities. Yes!!! Do service projects together (Scouting For
Food). Do a Fund Raiser together (Trailends Popcorn, Christmas Tree lot).
Have a Welcome Back party as part of the start of School in the fall. Have
a joint Blue & Gold/Court of Honor (Welebos Graduation). May Graduation of
Cubs from one program level to another. Have the Boys Scouts run the
graduation. Move those neckerchiefs (Tigers to Wolves, Wolves to Bears,
Baers to Webelos I, Webelos I to Webelos II). Remember, there is no
neckerchief change from Webelos I to Webelos II. Those new second year
Webelos need something. The Boy Scouts should present the Webelos a Boy
Scout Handbook. In the handbook, there is a label with the troop's name
and meeting night, a contact person (SM or ASM) with phone number. This
gives the Webelos and their parents a change to start learning how a Boy
Scout troop and program functions. Many new parents just don't understand
that Boy Leadership thing.
* Merge Webelos II with Boys Scouts. Have the Webelos II (5th grade
Webelos) start meeting the same night at the same time at the same place as
the Boy Scout troop does. Have joint Opennings and Closings. By doing
this, you force the Webelos parents, that come to pickup their sons, to see
the Boy Scout program functioning (Boys leading Boys). It also gives these
parents a chance to talk to the troop adult leadership. Good time to start
the recuitement of new parents. As the months go along, include the
webelos in more and more of the troop meeting. By the time they get to a
month or so before graduation, these webelos are meeting just like another
Boy Scout patrol. They no longer need to move to their own room, they just
go to a corner like the Boy Scouts do. By doing this with the Den Chief,
recuitement of the Webelos Den Leader into the Asst. Scoutmaster for New
Scouts become much easier. See below on den/patrol organization. This
also gets the parents and Scouts into the new idea of weekly troop meetings
instead of monthly pack meetings.
* Invite those 5th grade Webelos on every Boy Scout campout. They still
must function under the rules of Webelos camping, but they are out with the
troop. Again, with the Webelos rules of camping in place, more Webelos
parents get to see the Boy Scout program functioning, now in the outdoors.
Introduce more boy cooking the more the webelos are out with the boy scouts.
* Webelos Graduation. After you have done all the recuiting, graduation
should be a special time for everyone; Webelos, Boy Scouts, Den Chiefs,
Parents, Webelos Den Leader, Scoutmaster Staff...everyone. Graduate
everyone. As a Webelos crosses over the bridge, so too do his parents
(remember, Scouting is a Family program...DON'T leave those parents on the
other side of the bridge!!!!) Graduate that newly recuited Webelos Den
Leader as a new Asst. Scoutmaster for New Scouts. Also graduate that Den
Chief...he'll be that patrol's new Troop Guide. Now as the newest patrol
in the troop, the Boy Scout program start with old friends. this makes
being in the troop a lot easier. Than with the other joint functions, the
younger Cubs Scouts will see their old friends functioning in the Boy Scout
program. Again, recuitement is happening.
Den & Patrol Organization.
Remember, just a few years back when we lost Skill Awards and got this new
Troop Guide position and the New Scout patrol. Where did that come from?
Simple...Cub Scouting. Look at the organization of a Cub Scout Den and the
New Scout patrol. Things look very much the same.
Cub Scout Den Boy Scout Patrol
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City