scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Opinion - CS/BS Program/Training Failure (long)
Keith Tilley (redcoat@NETSTEP.NET
Tue Nov 23 1999 - 20:05:18 CST
Judy, I have to disagree with your contention that "The Cub syllabus is
set up in such a manner that there is never even a mention of Boy
Scouting". That just isn't true. The idea that Cub Scouts should
become Boy Scouts is covered in a number of different places in the Cub
Scout Leader Basic Training course.
If you don't think Webelos-to-Scout transition is covered adequately in
CSLBT, you may be right, but the fact is that *nothing* is covered
completely in *any* Basic Training course - and that's especially true
of CSLBT if we limit it to the rather unrealistic goal of four hours'
duration. IMHO, Webelos-to-Scout Transition is addressed in more places
than any other topic! Aside from its coverage in Basic Training, it
also appears prominently at Pow Wows, Roundtables, updates, and just
about any other training event I can think of. I can't imagine that any
trained leader is unaware of the Webelos-to-Scout transition plan and
If, after all this training, the plan isn't being executed, you might
look at the recruiting efforts of your Boy Scout Troops - sometimes
they're not aggressive enough in seeking out Webelos Scouts. Webelos
Scouts and their leaders do their share when they meet the Arrow of
Light requirements, but if a Troop just lays back and waits for the boys
to show up at its doorstep, it might be disappointed.
One thing we've done is to invite Webelos parents to a talk about what
they can expect as their boys move from the Pack to the Troop. I think
parents have a larger role in Scout transition and retention than we may
normally acknowledge, so I would recommend this highly.
Cub Scout Training Chairman
Rip Van Winkle Council, NY