Re: Webelos to Boy Scout
Charlie Morrison (Morrisonch@AOL.COM)
Sun, 26 Oct 1997 08:55:38 -0500
Kim wrote about the problem of former Cubs dropping out of Boy Scouts in a
year or less.
In my experience, many make the transition very well, but some seem to be
intimidated by the older boys. This can be true especially for the boy who
is small for his age or different in some way. I think it can also be a
problem of older boys bullying the younger ones. This happens more often
than we think and must be nipped in the bud when it is discovered.
Two years ago at summer camp our ASM noticed that a new scout followed him
like a puppy dog. Only later did we find out that there was an older boy who
was picking on him.
I believe that a New Scout Patrol avoids some of this hostile interaction
(unless the older boy is a new Scout). Maybe older new Scouts ought to be
placed in an established patrol. The NSPatrol also gives older (senior)
Scouts (maybe your Eagles) positions as Instructors or NSPatrol Counselors,
positons where they can begin to give back to Scouting in accordance with
their Eagle Oath.
Many of our bridged over new Scouts were very motivated and did very well
with their advancements - especially if they had an older brother whom they
either admired or wanted to show up.
Just my thoughts,
Fort Benning District MC
Fort Benning, GA
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