scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Opinion - CS/BS Program/Training Failure
Bill Smith (wtsmith@TELEPORT.COM
Tue Nov 23 1999 - 15:07:33 CST
I disagree with Chuck on a couple of points.
Cub Scouting is NOT a craft and leader-led program.
Cub Scouting is a home and neighborhood program and, is
as outdoors as as the adults involved can stand it. When
leaders resort to craft (crappy craft - as a den leader friend
of mine used to call it) it is because they lack the imagination
or adequate training to fill their programs with the essentials:
ceremonies, games and exploring the outdoors.
The Arrow of Lights requirements are really god enough for the
transition from pack to troop. There is a good shot on Scouting
ideals, camping, first aid and troop visits. There is quite a few
Cub Scout and Webelos requirements on leadership: presentation
skills, interactive problem solving, ethics and responsibility.
I am not sure, as a former SM, what else you would want from
a 10 year old boy.
If you are going to blame the Webelos leader, you should back
it up with low Arrow of Light advancement data and an explantion
of how this was allowed.
The main difficulty with Webelos transition lies within the
troops. Scoutmasters are poorly trained to recruit and they
live up to our training. Webelos leaders return from a troop
visit complaining of being ignored or worse. Commissioners
report that many troop leaders - both adult and youth - say
that recruiting new boys will dumb down the program and cramp
their style. On the other hand, good troops with leaders who
practice the Scout Law get more recruits than they want.
Please don't blame the Cub Scout program for some troops' failures
to attract and hold new Scouts. You are blaming the victims.
Not a good practice for our organization.
Cascade Pacific Council