Re: I forgot to say no...(help me)
Thu, 11 Dec 1997 23:57:42 -0500
In a message dated 12/11/97 8:40:31 PM, bethguth@ENTER.NET wrote:
<<WHAT ARE THE TOP 5 THINGS A SCOUT TROOP SHOULD DO TO RETAIN WEBELOS? My
first challenge is crossover. Retention last year was 85%. We must give
a presentation at roundtable (never been to one!). (There have been
several great posts recently on how to handle troop visits, I'll preach on
those next year starting in October). What should I tell folks? >>
I get the feeling you have a very fortunate district. You do have fun, don't
I sent out a post on troop visits, so I hope that has been helpful. Here are
some other thoughts.
First -- if you are getting 85% retention as a district, you should bottle it
and sell it. That is a great record.
Second - Timing is, in my opinion, important. Be sure that your Webelos move
early enough to be part of the troop for summer camp. I would suggest the
February/March time frame.
Third - There should be a person from the Troop who works closely with the
pack and the second year Webelos Scouts. Ideally a knowledgeable ASM or the
SM. This person should be seen frequently by the Webelos Scouts.
Fourth - A good Webelos Den Chief can make a great difference. If he then can
become the Troop Guide welcoming the den in as a new boy patrol, it can be
very comfortable. It is extremely important that there not be hazing or a
feeling of non-welcome.
Fifth - Don't overdo the Webelos program. Don't try for all activity badges.
Don't do too much camping or make it too challenging. Do leave plenty of new
things for them to do early in Boy Scouting. It is important that it be
different, exciting and challenging.
I am sure that other leaders will give you some other good ideas.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City