Re: Early Drop Outs
Charles E. Dombek (cdombek@NINENET.COM)
Wed, 30 Jul 1997 22:29:01 -0700
Calvin H. Gray wrote:
> Earlier this year, 20 Webelos (Arrow of Light) graduated into our troop.
> One dropped out very quickly. His Mom told us that she didn't realize
> Scouting was so involved and the family didn't have the time needed for
> Most of the remaining 19 boys have been very active, attended summer
> camp and are positioned to attain the First Class rank within the next
> two months.
> Of course there are a few exceptions...boys who haven't gone on campouts
> or haven't atended troop meetings on a regular basis. Based upon what
> I've seen take place in the past, most boys in this situation will drop
> out when their peers begin to advance and they don't.
> My strategy has been to assure boys in similar situations (and their
> parents) that they still have the ability to advance but that they will
> need to give a higher priority to Scouting than they have up until now.
> This works with a few, but most eventually drop out within their first
> year of joining.
> My question is...are there other strategies that will help keep boys in
> Scouting once they fall behind their peers in advancment?
> Calvin H. Gray
> Scoutmaster, Troop 405
> Georgetown, Texas
Just my 2 cents worth....
As a Webelos Den Leader I would ask if the Webelos program they were in
took them through an escalation of activity as a means of preparing them
for the much more involved program of Boy Scouting. Over the past few
months I've been adding activities to my Den's scehdule (e.g. a 10 mile
hike of a historic trail) to ease the boys into the Boy Scout program. I
have also made sure that each boy has attended at least 2 of our
campouts since becoming a Webelos so that they get a true taste of
camping (especially spiders & latrines). The aim here is to avoid the
culture shock your Scouts have experienced. I'm leaving for the Webelos
Leader Conference at Philmont on Friday and will ask around for
additional ideas or thoughts and will post them when I get back.
Webelos Den Leader
Den 3, Pack 572
New Horizons District
Greater St. Louis Area Council
Just an Arrow of Light and First Class
Now Raising Three Eagles
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