Webelos & Boy Scouts
Jeffry J. Smith (jsmith@ALUM.MIT.EDU)
Wed, 5 Nov 1997 21:34:07 -0500
You don't NEED a book, but be ready to buy one as they start Boy Scouts.
PLEASE Reconsider moving up - if you want move into a committee position,
but trust me, that troop needs you.
The main difference between Boy Scouts & Webelos is that Boy Scouts is
BOY PLANNED, BOY RUN & BOY LED, whereas webelos is still very much adult
planned, run, & led. I mean that seriously about boy leadership, in a
well-run troop. The troop that I was Scoutmaster at, we had a very young
troop, with a 12 yr old, 2nd class Senior Patrol Leader at one time. He
was elected by the boys, & was one of the most senior scouts. He, along
with the Patrol Leader's Council (consisting of himself & the patrol
leaders) planned all meetings & events, with advice & support/help from the
adults (yes, lots of help, but they still made the decisions & took the
consequences). Oh, by the way, that troop had a great program, with fun
campouts & lots of advancement. We had 20 of 21 registered scouts at
Summer Camp that year.
I don't believe 9 & 10 year olds in webelos do, or can do, this level of
responsiblity. I also point out that, in that same troop, we took
seriously the transition to Boy Scouts, starting with the joint campout in
Late Mar, early April, and continuing through special help to the new
scouts in the May & June campouts, to have them ready for Summer Camp in
July & the big August End Of Year campout.
Having said all that, I note that there are many
opportunities/requirements for adults in Boy Scouts, ranging from the
direct support (Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster) to more "background"
positions on the Troop Committee, including treasurer, advancement,
quartermaster, transportation, fundraising, service, outdoor coordination,
etc. Please help the troop, even in background positions.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City