Re: I forgot to say no...(help me)
Bruce Major (major@GATOR.NET)
Fri, 12 Dec 1997 02:51:07 -0500
I'm sorry to have to tell you this, Beth, BUT... you have the virus.
Definitely a chronic Scouter. There is no cure :>)
Just remember when they tell you you're a lifesaver, that a lifesaver is a
sucker with a hole in its head and without a leg to stand on ;>)
That said, my thoughts about your query are interspersed below...
SM, Troop 84
> He also told me he believes
> that through scouting, we can save the world.
Maybe. But we can change the world, for sure!
> WHAT ARE THE TOP 5 THINGS A SCOUT TROOP SHOULD DO TO RETAIN WEBELOS?
Nothing. A Troop can RECRUIT Webelos and retain scouts, but since Webelos
can't be in a Troop, Webelos cannot be retained :>)
Okay, I'm done being picky.
First, review the crossover plan. By retention, I think you mean that 85%
of your Webelos joined Troops. That is an excellent percentage if it is
district wide (which I am assuming).
1. Recruitment should start when a Bear graduates into Webelos - your
Troops should have ongoing relationships with Packs and Pack leaders -
these people are the future Boy Scouts and Troop leaders, after all. Have
an SA or MC assigned as Cub Scout liaison to develop and maintain good
2. Den Chiefs for Webelos dens introduce the scouts to older guys in the
program and help develop relationships at that level. Webelos Den chiefs
should be at least first class and preferably 13 or older, IMO, to fill a
leadership role. (an occasional 12 year old, if motivated, can do a bang up
3. Troop/Pack camp-outs should be done 3-4 times over the 2 years a scout
is in Webelos.
Increases familiarity and again builds relationships.
4. Encourage your Webelos leaders to take SMF before their scouts get to
fifth grade - it gives them a better idea of where they are going (and also
primes them to become SAs and SMs!)
5. Webelos should graduate into a Troop in February of their fifth grade
year. This allow time to adapt to new circumstances before going to that
first week-long summer camp experience
and demonstrably increases retention.
Hope that helps!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City