Webelos pins.. Earned or Not?
Kevin S Woods (kswoods@CHRISTA.UNH.EDU)
Tue, 22 Apr 1997 09:11:00 -0400
At last weeks Den leaders meeting a WDL presented a list of 6-7 pins that a
grade webelos dad says his scout has completed. The dad was told by the
asst WDL that requirements could be signed off at home. The Dad is on
disability so has lots of time on his hands.
(History) The scout is a 12 year old
4th grader. When he came to my troop at sign up night, he was 11 1/2 but
given his peer group I recommended that he try a year of Webelos. The
webelos den has been very active with 2 camping trips (council sponsored
at camp) and 1 winter cabin (also at scout camp). He is anxious to join
the troop so I want to keep him interested and not disappoint him.
The CC/Adv Chair expressed concern that the scout had been awarded 9 pins
the month before and was concerned that work was really being completed.
The WDL and I met with the scout and his family last night. The dad
explained that he went over the requirements with the scout, the scout
worked on projects in school, that he is a very good swimmer in the
summer, that they went on trips last year...etc....etc
When speaking with the scout he remembers working with his dad on his
book, but cannot really remember most of the requirements.
So I am in a quandry. If this was a wolf or bear, I might not expect the
scout to "give back" to me what they went over with a parent. But as a
Webelo I am more inclined to expect the scout to be able to show or
express what he has "learned".
For example although his grandfather went over different trees and plants
with him, should I expect him to be able to identify those 6 trees now, 3
months later? Should he be able to tie all the knots? His dad said he
could tie them when they worked on it. Heck I have 1st class scouts who
if they havent tied a bowline in 3 months have a hard time.
So what am I looking for??
I am looking for sugestions on weather or not we should take the scouts
fathers word as well as accept things done outside of scouting and even
in the year before he joined scouting.
I have invited him to the troop
meeting and think he might be joining. His parents are supportive and
interested in him joining, but I encouraged them to speak with him about
it last night.
What experiences has the list had with this issue?
Thank you for your input!
Kevin S. Woods Raymond, N.H.
Cubmaster Pack 100
Scoutmaster Troop 111
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