Re: Webelos to Boy Scout (fwd)
Charles E. Dombek (cdombek@NINENET.COM)
Mon, 27 Oct 1997 18:40:33 -0800
Don Izard wrote:
> I agree with Dan on a major level! In the past, when I talked
> with some dissatisfied parents, they talked about HOW disorganized
> the meetings were, and that the scout was advancing too slow etc.
> They talked about HOW it was in the cub pack, and that in the
> first year in Cubs, how the cub got Bob Cat, and Wolf and arrow
> points and belt loops etc. Since joining scouts he has ONLY
> earned his Tenderfoot, and a couple merit badges.
> Maybe this is the real reason that BSA tried to urge troops to
> focus on first class in one year?
> Also, it is important for the parents to understand the role and
> importance of the Youth leadership of the troop. Once they
> understand, and appreciate the leadership development, they
> still may not like the level of apparent disorganization, but
> they may understand, and MAY even want to help to try to get it better
> scouter don
> Forwarded message:
> > From Scouts-L@tcu.edu Mon Oct 27 10:10:15 1997
> > map and compass--for example. Making the Boy Scout troop's system
> > known to them at the start helps to avoid such misundersandings.
> > Yours in the spirit of Scouting,
> > Dan O'Canna Lexington, Kentucky
> > mailto:email@example.com
Just to add my nickel as a Webelos Den Leader and Assistant
The purpose of the Webelos program is to get the boys ready to cross
over from Cubs to Boy Scouts. This is why Webelos have activity badges
that require an increased amount of work before recognition as well as
the limitation on who can sign off the scout for completed requirements.
One of the biggest difficulties I have had is with the later point. For
about half of my boys I have been forced to "modify" this to say that if
their parent has signed it off they need to "present" their
accomplishment (e.g. leather projects) to the rest of the den before I
sign off. In this way I feel that they are required to go a little bit
further than when Akela (usually mom or dad)could sign them off at will.
I also have the den elect their denner and assistant denner to get them
used to the concept of picking their own leaders. As we get closer to
March, they'll also be asked to plan a meeting on their own. I've always
believed that the majority of lost Cub Scouts in Boy Scouts is a direct
result of the Webelos program missing the boat in bridging the
difference in the programs.
Webelos Den Leader Pack 572
Assistant Scoutmaster Troop 809
New Horizons District
Greater St. Louis Area Council
An Arrow of Light ('66) and First Class ('68)
Now Raising Three Eagles!
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