scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Webelo
Bob Knudson (rgknudson@HOME.COM
Mon Feb 21 2000 - 17:16:31 CST
>> Can a Webelo Scout who hasn't earned his arrow of light but crosses over to
>> Boy Scouts continue working on webelo badges and arrow of light requirements
>> and get it later?
Contrary to the previous responses on this question, I would like to offer
that there might be some room for flexibility in the answer to this
question. Here's how:
First, separate in your mind the difference between the act of becoming a
boy scout (application submitted, joining requirements met, etc.) and the
scheduling of a crossover ceremony by a cub scout pack and boy scout troop.
I would also distinguish between the ceremonies for AOL and graduation from
the pack (not all boys crossover to boy scouts, but their honorable
departure from the pack should be recognized). Note that many packs combine
all three ceremonies into one event for the convenience of their calendar.
I could envision a boy (perhaps who joined the pack at the beginning of 5th
grade), who is scrambling to complete his AOL requirements to catch up with
his peers, to participate in the formal crossover ceremony at the time
appointed by the pack and troop. He could still officially remain as a cub
scout (even though his den is essentially dissolved) and complete the
remaining AOL requirements over the next few weeks. We would then find a
suitable way to celebrate this young man's determination to earn Cub
Scouting's highest award.
As a troop leader, I would also invite the boy to participate in the troop
with his peers as a visitor until the AOL (or age/grade) requirements were
completed. Then, he would officially become a boy scout, and start the boy
scout advancement trail.
Given this scenario, there is room for flexibility to help the boy be
successful AND still comply with the letter and spirit of the advancement
Bob Knudson, District Commissioner
Gateway District, Denver Area Council BSA
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