Joe Ray Hawkins (joerhawkins@ABTS.NET)
Thu, 6 Aug 1998 14:41:18 -0400
> Excusse me but...bobcat pin...
<<...when the program changed in 1967, the Lion
Badge was dropped and the previous WEBELOS Badge became the Arrow
of Light. Later, in 1986, the BSA brought back the WEBELOS Badge
as a rank, and created the present two-year WEBELOS Cub Scout
>I remember working on the Activity Pins as a Webelos in
>the '70s, and getting my AOL, but...could this be why I don't remember
>that Webelos badge?
In addition, from looking at the 'Official History' of Cub Scouting,
I've discovered other things that we did - either as a part of the test
program for National - or because the program was in transition...
I went from Wolf, Bear, Lion, then (almost) a year as a Webelos
Cub Scout - then Direct into Boy Scouts in June (at 10 - 1/2 plus
years of age). I had to wait until I was eleven to earn my Tenderfoot.
I had four books, a Wolf, Bear, Lion and a recently published Webelos
book, although no Webelos 'badge' (but all 12 activity pins). But
the official word today is that Cub Scouts in those years was a three
year program. The fourth year service star - is it in error- a fraud, or
was my Pack slow to adopt the first year Webelos program (still in error),
or early to adopt the second year program? When I first started to work
with Cub Scouts (more than a decade later) I went to the council office
to have someone explain it to me. This was after working with Cubs in
another state/council and learning of the new four year program that was
available in Scouts. My Webelos had been the second class of full four
year Cub Scouts for this Pack. But this was after the first wave of
consolidations in the early '80's - and no one knew our Pack's
or Council's history of the transition. I have supporting
documents that show four years registration as a Cub and the awards
(this was from the days when someone typed all the cards).
I also was able to verify that we were one of the first in our area to
join the two programs, although I did not move up as soon as I
received my AOL. Apparently back then, councils had more liberty in
how quickly they rolled out and implemented new programs than they do today.
This would explain why our memories of the same time period are different
(without crediting our memories <g> ). Are there any others out there that
went through the same transition going from Cub Scouting to Boy
Scouts years ago? If so, I'd like to hear about it.
Joe Ray Hawkins
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