scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Opinion - CS/BS Program/Training Failure
Sun Nov 21 1999 - 15:28:30 CST
I agree with Mike and others about the possible causes of failure to have a 100%
transition from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts. It has been my experience that there
are 2 points in the program where we lose the most: at bridging time and about 6
months later. The first of these losses can be traced to a failure in the
Webelos program to fulfill the necessary transition. Cub scouting is about
crafts and Den leader run program, Boy Scouting is about the outdoors and Boy
led program. If the Webelos program doesn't begin to transition (e.g. Denners
are elected by Webelos dens not assigned, Webelos Den Leaders sign off books not
parents, etc) then the boys will be dumped into a radically different program.
At best they experience culture shock and immediately drop out. The drop out
rate at the 6 month point is due to delayed culture shock OR a failure in the
New Scout program of the Troop. Without an ASM focused on new scouts with a
corps of Troop Guides, the new scouts won't learn new skills and advance. No
advancement means they will become bored and drop out.
I don't think we need to radically change either the Cub Scout program or the
Boy Scout program. What we need to recognize is that the Webelos program is
different and shouldn't be treated as just a bigger Cub Scout program. Webelos
Den Leaders need to recognize that they have roughly 18-20 months to ease these
boys into Outdoors activities and a different mindset about advancement.
Just my nickels worth...
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