Arrow of Light and Crossovers
Seth Dilday (seth@APLUS.COM)
Mon, 7 Jul 1997 13:14:59 -0400
First of all, I'm new to the list, so let me introduce myself. My name
is Seth Dilday, and I am a 14-year old Life Scout (hopefully Eagle before
too long), and senior patrol leader of Troop 486 in Durham, NC.
I'd like put my two cents in on the Boy Scout Crossover Age discussion.
I skipped the 3rd grade, and so I went from being in a Wolf den to a
Webelos den. We had a strong Webelos program. Unfortuately, this prevented
me from earning the Wolf or Bear badges. But during the time I was in
Webelos, I managed to earn the Webelos Award and the Arrow of Light. At
the Pack's Blue and Gold Banquet in my 5th grade year, I recieved the
Arrow of Light award and then crossed over into Boy Scouts. I was a little
less than 10y, 3m old.
I recall some discussion before I crossed over that I might not be
allowed to join Boy Scouts for another year. At the time, this idea caused
me great emotional distress. Fortunately, that didn't happen.
Overall, the system for progressing upwards works very well. It's only
the execeptions that cause difficulty. My opinion is that the scouts
should be kept with their peers. In the case of the Arrow of Light
requirement for crossing over... If a Scout has completed the
requirements, and, in the eyes of the Scout leaders and his parents, is
mature enough to handle the Boy Scout program, by all means, let him in.
In the Cub Scout program, requirements are usually worked on as a group,
and the group members (usually) recieve the award together. The same
should happen with the Webelos Program.
However, if a scout is an execption, and (for some reason) cannot join
Boy Scouts with his friends, he should be encouraged to work as hard as
possible to complete the requirements, and then join the troop where his
friends are. This, it seems to me, can be a motivating factor for a Scout
to get working on the requirements.
But by no means should the requirements be ignored just so a Scout can
- Seth Dilday - firstname.lastname@example.org - http://www.aplus.com/seth/
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