Early Arrow of Light and Cross Over Ceremony???
Kirk Kridner (kirk@TEXAS.NET)
Sat, 5 Jul 1997 20:31:54 -0500
We have an interesting situation on which I would appreciate some
One of our Packs has a Senior Webelos Den that consists mostly of boys who
will already be 11 when they start fifth grade next month. This is because
they were in a special school program called "Pre-First" where they
effectively spent two years in first grade (it is designed for kids with
late summer birthdays or otherwise may need special attention in getting
started in school). The real problem began when they were permitted to join
the Pack as Tiger Cubs in their Pre-First year so that they were working on
the Wolf badge in their second year of first grade (i.e., their "regular"
year of first grade). This meant that they were working on their Bear in
second grade. The Pack tried to slow them down and have them work on
special awards in third grade and not earn their Webelos badge. The boys
then earned their Webelos badge in the fourth grade (this past Spring) so
we thought we had them back on track. The parents are now saying that they
have completed all of the activity badges for the Arrow of Light and they
want the Pack to have a special awards ceremony in September to give them
their Arrow of Light and cross-over to a Boy Scout troop at the beginning
of their fifth grade year. The parents have also been talking to several
troops about taking the boys in September.
There are several problems that result from this. One is that the Pack
only has this one group of Senior Webelos and losing these boys in
September means the Pack will then have to go the entire year without any
senior boys. The Pack has traditionally awarded the Arrow of Light and does
the cross overs at the Blue & Gold Banquet in February. Another problem is
that not all of the boys in the Den were in the Pre-First program, but were
added to the Den in later years so that these newer boys are still 10
years-old and are on the proper age and grade track. The Den parents want
all of the boys, including the 10 year-olds to graduate together in
September and suggestions have been made that the
newer boys will quit Scouting if they cannot get their Arrow of Light in
September and move into the troop with their friends. Of course these newer
boys could not join a Boy Scout without the Arrow of Light since they are
still 10 year-olds, but if the Pack gives them the award with the Pre-First
group, then they will be eligible to join the troop.
There is a considerable difference of opinion in both the Pack and the
Troops involved in this situation. I would appreciate some comments about
how you would recommend proceeding and what should be said to the parents,
the Pack leaders, and the Troop leaders.
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 30
Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner, Longhorn District
"Always an Eagle"
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