Re: Transitions and Recruiting
Todd N. Tingblad (ttingbld@PRESSENTER.COM)
Mon, 24 Feb 1997 15:36:55 -0600
It all relates one-to-one. That Asst. Den Leader and the 2nd Asst.
Scoutmaster are very important for Youth Protection requirements.
Webelos Transition and Recuitement is a year-round function. Troops that
do not see this see fewer and fewer new scouts. The goal is to give every
Cub Scout a chance at being a Boy Scout. The lost of one Cub Scout is a
lost of one Boy Scout. As we have seen in the Harris Survey, keeping a boy
in Scouting, even one more year, can make a world of difference.
Special Note to Cub Scout Leaders:
If the local troop is not doing any of the above, get mad and get on your
Unit Commissioner's case about it. Demand the best for your scouts. One
of the function of a Unit Commissioner is to help with Webelos Transition.
Work with the Unit Commissioner and the District Commissioner Staff to get
that troop going in the right way for all Scouting in your community. No
Boy Scout troop should assume that the Webelos from your pack will simply
come walk in the door one day and sign up as Boy Scouts. Make them work
for it as an active partner in Scouting for the kids.
Special Note To Boy Scout Leaders:
It is your responsiblity to do everything you can to keep everyone in the
Scouting program. Total youth in Scouting should not have a big drop from
Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts. Every boy that drops from Cub Scouting is one
less for your troop. The national average troop size is about 20 boys.
The average Cub Scout pack is around 40 boys. Where did the other 20 boys
go? They are lost. We most likely will never see them again in the
Scouting program. They are lost from having the greatest adventure of
Does the above work?
Yes. As a Unit Commissioner, the Pack and Troop I serve have seen a 100%
transition of Webelos to Boy Scouts for the last 4 years. After one year
in Boy Scouts, the troop has a 90% retention rate. That's one of the best
in the district. I am now working to keep this going, get other units to
do the same and start getting own school night numbers even higher.
Hopefully, this will result in having to form another Cub Scout Pack and
Boy Scout Troop.
Hope this all helps as it has helped units in my district. Where did I get
these ideas? Why from folks like you all. Visits to Philmont and other
adult leader gathering activities and training. So this is not my idea,
but all of our's. I just organized all the pieces to work together. Yes
it does work.
Todd N. Tingblad
LaCroix District Activities & Civic Service Chair -- retirement very soon
Indianhead Council Webmaster http://www.indianhead.org yes, it needs work
Troop Committee Member, Troop 460, New Richmond, WI
P.S. I have change jobs and so my e-mail has changed. To my many friends
on Scouts-L, my new address is:
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City