scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Troop Attend Seperate Camps??
Todd Tingblad (tingbltn@HUDSON.K12.WI.US
Wed Feb 16 2000 - 16:27:00 CST
I've see this before. I'm a Unit Commissioner of a three year old troop
that is starting to see the importance of GREAT Troop & Pack relationships.
Webelos Transition has always been a hard subject. But I have seen and
worked hard in other units to turn this type of problem or concern into a
new problem or concern...too many boys in one given unit.
So anyway, here goes:
1) Troops must build strong relationships with a "sister" Pack. Both group
work together on a number of activities together.
2) Den Chiefs, Den Chiefs, Den Chiefs. These are a troop's number one Boy
Scout recuiter. When a Den has a Den Chief, the boys in the den see what
is on the next step for Scouting. The Den Chief gets a chance to "tell the
troop tales" to the cubs. Wow!!!
3) The troop and pack must do a Service Project together. One that works
well and is easy is Scouting For Food.
4) Make the Arrow of Light Award special. The Arrow of Light should be
award at least one pack meeting before Graduation. This gives the boys a
little time to waer it on their Cub Scout uniform (whatever color it is) so
that the younger cubs can see the top Cub Scout Advancement Award.
5) troop have the Webelos come camping with you. The Webelos den must
still follow alll the BSA rules for Cub Scout Camping (min. one adult for
every two Webelos). Let them see how a boy run troop functions camping.
Let those parents with the Webelos see a boy run troop function camping.
Give the Webelos a chance to see the New Scout Patrol functioning and their
Troop Guide. Maybe even have the next Troop Guide appointed and ready for
6) Invite the Webelos to a "regular" troop meeting.
7) Invite them to a Court of Honor & Summer Camp promo night.
8) Always invite them to an Eagle Court of Honor.
9) As they Graduate from Webelos I to Webelos II, have the troop present
them with a Boy Scout Handbook. In that handbook, include the names and
phone number of key leaders in the troop for them and their parents to call
about any Boy Scout Questions. Also include the next year's Troop Calendar
that notes big troop functions like Summer Camp, Fund Raisers, Service
Projects, and joint meetings and outings
10) By the time these Webelos are set to Graduate into the troop, they are
prepared and ready to come into the troop and become a active part of the
troop. Their parents will also understand much better how a Boy Scout
troop functions and why there is this 13 or 14 year old Scout running the
Having done this, I helped turn a troop having zero new scouts joint the
troop, to have 100% graduation of 25 new scouts (that's a new troop!?!).
Now instead of a troop down to 9, it is now at 39 and will see a troop at
over 50 later this month in five years time.
An important note, this does take work!! Also note that the work is manly
on the Boy Scout troop, not the Pack. Far too many Scoutmasters just set
there waiting for the Cub Scouts to just show up at the door. You just can
run it that way. It doesn't work.
Good Luck and happy Scouting..
Todd N. Tingblad -- mailto:email@example.com
Indianhead Scouting/BSA Webmaster -- http://www.indianhead.org
LaCroix District Unit Commissioner
LaCroix District Activities Committee