Re: Webelos to Boy Scout
Derleth, Michael (mderleth@ELI.NET)
Tue, 21 Oct 1997 07:48:22 -0400
<Kim Moye asks:... idea of writing up something to address the
<fact that many boys, who excelled in the Cub program, seem to
<drop out of Boy Scouts...The "Webelos to Boy Scout" packet that
<our council has put out address[es] the mechanics... I'm looking
<for help on practical suggests on how to better prepare the boys.
Your instincts work better than you think. Two districts in the
huge Cascade Pacific Council (Portland OR/Vancouver WA) just
finished an event called Webelos Woods. The purpose of the
weekend campout is to help Webelos and parents understand what
Boy Scouts is all about, and what the differences are.
Immediately upon registering, the Webelos Dens were assigned a
youth "Troop Guide". The Den elected leaders, designed a yell
and flag, etc...just like Scouts. Saturday events primarily
consisted of eight round-robbin stations that mixed hands-on
activities such as compass courses and axe-yards, with stations
on gear selection and other tasks--just like Scouts. There was
also a session for parents called "Meet Mr. Scoutmaster" where
a few actual troop leaders answered generic quesitons (ie not
strict recruitment for -their- troops).
The Patrol Guide also quickly taught what was needed for cooking
their own meals, setting up camp, etc., then backed out and let
the Webelos run their own patrol --just like Scouts. By supper
on Saturday, the guides just cruised through to observe, then
went on their way.
In a nutshell, preparing the Webelos for more of a Boy Scout
camping experience, both in the den and through cooperative
activities such as Webelos Woods seems to work well. There are
significant differences in advancement policy, program, etc
that Webelos Scouts and Parents must be aware of, and comfortable
with to succeed, IMHO at least.
Michael Derleth MDerleth@ELI.NET
ASM T14 Vancouver, WA Eagle Scout Staff SR-177
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