scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Losing Webelos - was I'm discouraged
Ken Walker (ken.walker@MSCSOFTWARE.COM
Thu Feb 03 2000 - 01:36:39 CST
I have been thru both extremes in this experience.
I was the Webelos DL/ADL with my 1st and 2nd son's dens.
My first time thru, I thought I was God's gift to Scouting.
All 6 boys earned AoL, 3 had earned all 20 Activity Badges/pins,
all 6 crossed into Boy Scouts. Once in Boy Scouts, 5 were still
active after Summer Camp, and the earned 1st class within a year.
Three are still active in Scouts (one even recruited his brother
BACK into the BSA fold!!) One is now an Eagle, and another is very
Clearly it was due to the superior skills of the Webelos DL <g>.
Now, with the 2nd son's den, I had the opposite expereince.
We started Web-I with 6 boys, but only 5 made it to Web-II.
Then one moved, 4 made AoL but only one crossed over to a
Boy Scout Troop. Two choose sports, and the third has some
special needs and now competes in Special Olympics (mine).
So, what did I learn??? The DL can not *UNDUE* in one hour the messages
that the child hears from his parents the rest of the week. If sports
are "their thing", fine.
Make your program fun and interesting, adjust it to be age appropriate
(no crafts for 5th graders please) and let the chips fall where they may.
Also, make sure they see all the fun stuff they get to do as Boys Socuts.
Ken Walker, CM P-200, ASM T-259
District Training Committee
Circle 10 Council/Great Plains District - Plano, TX
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