scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Opinion - CS/BS Program/Training Failure
Katherine Coates (Tuwanda@AOL.COM
Wed Nov 24 1999 - 11:47:16 CST
I just became the Webelos2Scout transitition person for our district and here
are my observations and how I NAG** our BS/CS leaders at Roundtable (I am
also RT commish)
1. No fair saying "it's up to the Webelos leaders to get the boys to troops"
I say hooey. It's EVERYONE'S job to see to it that the boys are connected
to a troop. This includes Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, assistant SM's and CM's,
CC's, and den leaders. Everyone. Webelos leaders are volunteers just like
the rest of us and need guidance and reassurance and a welcome and the
benefits of our collective wisdom and experience in working with boys.
2. When scout adult leader trainings come up and we announce them at
roundtable, I always remind Webelos leaders that this would be a good
training opportunity for them. Not only to get a jump on boy scout leader
training (being prepared themselves) but it is a good opportunity for them to
learn what Boy Scouting is all about so they can let the Webelos know what
great stuff is in store for them. (Let's face it, many of the Web leaders
are women and never got to be Boy Scouts.)
3. I remind Webelos leaders that at 10-11 years the boys are starting to get
a really clear idea of what is "cool" and what is uncool amongst their peers.
And that we need to be constantly reminding them of all the cool stuff
scouts do. (Heck, we learn how to start fires with steel wool and batteries.
How cool is that!?!)
4. And back to the women leaders thing, I know we still foster the idea
that the switch from Cubs to Boy scouting means a change of leadership from
moms to dads. Could this be where the drop off is? I mean, you have one
leader "retiring" and the next one maybe not fully geared up yet, leaving
boys to drop through the middle.
**about the nagging: <LOL> if I wasn't involved in Scouting and stayed home,
I would only have one man to nag. However, as an active scouter and trainer,
I get to nag MANY men at one time. Much more efficient use of my time.