scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Opinion - CS/BS Program/Training Failure
Charles Dombek (cdombek@NINENET.COM
Tue Nov 23 1999 - 16:38:57 CST
Not sure I intended to blame anyone, just reflections based on my
personal observations. An explanation.....
I re-entered Scouting as a Webelos Den Leader several years ago and had
a hard time adjusting the boys away from just crafts to outings, etc.
This was driven by the Wolf/Bear Den Leaders focus and interpretation
that Cub Scouting was an indoor activity only. Since that time I have
spoken to many WDLs at PowWows, Roudtables, etc. and they all seem to
not understand that there are differences between the Wolf/Bear program
and Webelos. According to the Webelos book, only the WDL or AWDL can
sign off requirements, not Mom or Dad. Activity badges are similar in
nature to Merit Badges by having multiple requirements that typically
take some time to complete. These differences are there on purpose to
allow the boys to gradually get used to concepts that are at the core of
Boy Scouting. My point is: Webelos are not just bigger Cubs and the WDLs
need to understand this as they execute their program.
At the same time I was a WDL, I decided to be a part of the Boy Scout
side as an ASM-New Scouts in a Troop that had never had anyone focused
on the new scout transition. As a result there was a yearly ebb and flow
of scouts who joined, failed to advance or learn and then dropped out.
In addition there hadn't been an educational program for Parents to
inform them of the differences between the programs. Now that this has
changed, we enjoy a retension of 90-95% of our bridged Webelos.
Are the Troops blameless? No. Are the WDLs blameless? No. Do we need to
communicate more? Obviously.
/\__/\ Assistant Scoutmaster-New Scouts Troop 809
( o o ) Assistant Cubmaster Pack 572
\/ New Horizons District Training Staff
I used to be a Fox, and a good ol' Fox too!
Shawnee Lodge 51