Early AOL & Cross-over-reply
Jeff Bloom (PDefiner@AOL.COM)
Sun, 6 Jul 1997 11:23:58 -0400
To Kirk of the Longhorn District:
There is one aspect that no one has yet mentioned in all of the replies that
I have read: What is the opinion of your Webelos Leader...ie; Are the boys
Your Webelos Leader can tell you if these boys are ready to join the Troop,
especially given the different scouting programs offered by different troops.
For example, most of our Webelos from our Pack will graduate into our same
Troop, so I know the exact program that our Webelos Scouts are joining. Our
Troop is VERY active with camping: we camp every month [except August], and
often have challenging activities, such as canoe trips in the fall + spring,
at least 1 wilderness survival campout in Feb., back packing trips, 10-mile
As a Webelos Leader for the past 4 years, and as the Asst. SM for the New
Scout Patrols for our Troop, I am very comfortable telling parents that their
sons need until Feb. for me to have the time to teach them the requisite
camping skills for this age/grade group for OUR Troop. In fact, to be candid,
I have recently had to do a lot of persuading to move our cross-over to this
upcoming Feb. - it has traditionally been held in the later months of
April/May [again, because of the camping demands our Troop makes].
I am not trying to give the impression that we have a "super" Troop - part of
our active camping schedule is pure climate & geography... we can do a lot of
camping activities in the South in the winter months, for example, that would
not be possible in colder & higher climates.
Thus, while Webelos may have compeleted their AOL & may have met other age
requirements, the "purpose" behind the Webelos program is to teach them the
requisite camping & other skills necessary so that they will ENJOY & LEARN in
the Troop that they are joining, rather than be overwhelmed.
So if your Webelos Leader tells the parents that the Webelos need a little
more time to work on their camping skills for the particular Troop they are
going to, then you can still keep their interest & enthusiasm by increasing
the level & number of camping activities for a Webelos campout. On the other
hand, if your Webelos Leader says they are ready for the Troop they are going
to, then trust yout WL. And let your WL be the one, along w/ the Cubmaster &
Scoutmaster, to tell the parents what appears to be best for their sons. I
have always found a parent to be attentive when I am talking about their
son's achievements, and what is in their son's best interest [which, by the
way, includes safety considerations].
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City