Webelos Pins for 1st Year?
Barry C Runnels (Barry_C_Runnels@MMACMAIL.JCCBI.GOV)
Wed, 28 May 1997 09:38:21 CST
I had very good luck this year with the Webelos Pins. I got most of the
advice from Scout_L.
1. Plan meetings doing two Activity badges per meeting. This keeps the
Scouts interested and changes the pace in case things are going slow with
one of the Activity Badges. You may not get to the second but it's keeps
2. I got my parents to do most of the Activity Badges. They do a better job
because they just plan the Activity badges while you plan everything else.
You may still need to help them but I found the parents do better job than
I could ever do.
3. Don't plan on completing the badges in one meeting. You can try but I
found that by spreading out the requirements, you end up getting more done
without burning the Scouts out on the badge. We did most of the
requirements for Citizen in November then went to the State Capitol in
February to finish the Badge. Two different parents did that badge. Our
local policeman did most of the Readyman at one meeting but we finish with
bike safety and a bike ride a month later.
4. Do the Fitness first. Don't know why but this one takes the Scouts
forever and it is required for the Webelos Badge.
We did the Aquanaut at the YMCA in January. This gave the Scouts a to
chance to swim in the Winter time.
A few other things I learned:
My guys love getting their Activity Badges presented to them at the Den
Meeting after they finish the requirements of a Badge. For the Pack
Meetings, I give the CM the Activity Badge cards so he can call the Scouts
up front and recognize the Webelos in front of the Pack.
Change the meeting place to match the Activity Badges if you can. For
Fitness we meet at the local high school track. We also meet at parks,
school class rooms and lakes. Changing the atmosphere help keeps your
program fresh for you and the Scouts.
I expect the Boys to earn at least four or more badges that we have been
working on through the year at Webelos Summer Camp next week. I planned the
meeting around the badges but you need to make sure they are fun. Look at
what the badge is teaching then work with the parent to plan a fun meeting.
Many times the boys didn't even know they where working on activity badges
during some of the meeting because of the way we presented it.
So what do I have a year later. A very close group of Webelos with a very
dedicated group of parents who have a lot of time invested in these guys.
Many thanks to Kim Moye, Jan Mussler and many, many other Scouters on
Scouts_L that have help make my Webelos program great.
Get ready to have fun Robert, because the Webelos Program is a lot fun and
it is a good thing, because I love this Scouting Stuff.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City