Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Webelos Outdoor Wisdom (WOW)
Webelos Outdoor Wisdom (WOW)
Wed, 15 Dec 1999 14:34:25 -0600
>"Design a method of identifying these struggling Dens."
>Barry, what criteria did you use to identify struggling dens?
>Did your commissioners use a 'formula' or was it a 'feeling' or just
Hi Deborah. Without going into a long explanation of whys, who's and blames, our
District didn't pursue this to the end. The DE and I both agreed that while the
WOW (we called it Longbow) program was a great hit among the active Webelos, it
missed the mark completely with the struggling Webs. I couldn't get any contined
support after that. My own personal experience is through parents and
Cubmasters. As the District Membership Chair, I would just inquire how things
were going in the Pack. How many Tigers and how are the Webelos doing? If I had
to come up with a list from my experience, it would be something like this:
1. Den Leader has no more than two meetings a month including the Pack meeting.
Usually they go to Pack meetings because it requires no planning.
2. Always have meetings at the same location. Never camp or field trips.
3. Leader Doesn't participate in training, Round Tables or unit committee
meetings. I find missing committee meetings the more significant sign than
training or round tables.
4. Usually one meeting a month is canceled.
This seems like a simple list, but most of the struggling Webelos leaders I
learned about fit under this list. Not that all Dens under this list are
struggling, I know of one leader right now that fits under the list but uses
most of his meetings in the last three months visiting Troops. Mostly because it
requires very little planning or work on his part. Still, his guys are getting
exposed to the Troops and I know most, if not all, will crossover. That's his
I would love for a District to take on this task so that we could learn from the
results. I think it's like the new scouts in a Troop. If you ignore them, you
will loose most them in the first six months. If you guide them through the
program, you will keep them for a long time.