Re: Webelos Patrol Leaders
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@VM1.UCC.OKSTATE.EDU)
Fri, 31 Oct 1997 14:08:08 -0600
When I was a cubmaster, our second year Webelos dens chose patrol names
as they began their final transition to scouting. They wore patrol
medallions instead of den numbers and their denner/assistant denner was
called patrol leader/assistant patrol leader. Just as we changed denners
every month, we changed patrol leaders every month. So, while they
were second year Webelos, each boy usually got one month as patrol leader.
When they transitioned to the troop, they fell right in with the scouts.
And, since the new scout patrol changed PL every month, they were right at
The patrol name rather than den number was a prestige item for the second
year Webelos. At graduation in May, tigers became wolves and got gold
neckerchiefs, wolves became bears and got blue neckerchiefs, bears became
webelos and got webelos neckerchiefs, and the first year webelos became
second year webelos and got their new patrol medallions.
We made it a big deal for them to select their patrol name and keep it
unannounced until the May pack meeting. They also brought their new
patrol flag (carefully hidden in a bag) to show to the Pack when their
selected name was announced. The den leaders always tipped us off as to
which patches to purchase, but we made a big deal of rummaging though a
big box of stuff and just happening to have patches to match the name they
chose. Actually, the tipoff went to the advancement chair so when the
cubs said, "Oh, our den leader told you, I could say 'No'." They really
hadn't told me, and I didn't know what the name would be until it was
announced by the den. But, I did have the patches!!!
Webelos patrols work for me . . .
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City