scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: very important question
Rik Bergethon (rberg@RMI.NET
Sat Feb 05 2000 - 08:46:07 CST
You are in kind of a tight spot. The boy is ready to bridge over, he's
notified, the CM is ready, the parents are ready, you are ready and one
person seems to be holding this up; the one person who has to sign off
on this award, just can't do it: The Webelos Den Leader.
Somebody jumped the gun here. Evidently the boy forgot to ask the one
person, whether or not he would get this award. Which means, the boy
probably was not very active in his den. If he was, he'd know right off
the bat if he was eligible for the Arrow of Light or not.
Two things have happened here. First the Webelos Den Leader did not
specify to the boys or their parents what he/she considered "active
participation" in the den. Secondly, the parents did not ask the den
leader what requirements needed to be completed for their son to achieve
this award. They must have assumed he was eligible, somehow. It's all
communications breakdowns, both ways.
The den leader determines what is necessary to achieve the award, not
you, not the Cubmaster and not the parents. This boy may be ready to
bridge into Boy Scouts, but he won't have the AOL award to go on his
uniform. This is where the Webelos to Scout transition program I have
worked on lately is so important. Everybody needs to know the rules:
the Webelos Den Leader, the Cubmaster, the Scoutmaster, the Unit
Commissioner, and the parents.
This boy can still bridge into Boy Scouts, if he is ten and a half