scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Webelo
Chris Summers (ChrisinHouston@AOL.COM
Tue Feb 22 2000 - 08:17:08 CST
In the last 2 days I've read several hypothetical scenarios of a Webelos
Scout crossing over and still working on Webelos advancements. But I think
the original post deserves yet another posting.
>>> 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?
The point is, he crossed over. We don't know if he was 11 or if he was at
the end of his 5th grade year. So I can't see addressing this unless the CM
who made the original post wants to update this list. Maybe he shouldn't
have crossed over which is a whole issue in itself. I for one don't know the
situation and there are many possibilites to consider in a hypothetical
I think it is wrong to let a Cub cross over and, I'll assume, be met by a
Troop representative and perhaps given a Troop neckerchief, and a Boy Scout
Handbook, and told "our next troop meeting is Monday" etc, and then stay on
at the Pack for a month or 2 or 3. Where is the logic in saying "you are now
a Boy Scout in Troop 000 but go ahead and keep working on your AOL advancment
requirements in Pack 111.
As for holding back paperwork, as a District Commissioner, I see enough
problems with paperwork being turned in on time. I get plenty of comments
from units at recharter time saying "This boy isn't on my recharter roster,
I guess I forgot to turn in the application". SM's in my District are
notorious for misplacing paperwork. I know of 1 SM who accepts the boys
application but requires a new scout to attend 3 meetings and a campout
before he turns it in. I think you stand a greater chance of loosing the boy
by paper shuffling.
I think the lesson of this issue is that whoever tracks advancements at the
Pack level should advise the Webelos leaders and CM as to whether the Scout
qualifies for AOL at crossover/graduation time. Age, grade and time left
should be considered. I'll admit it's hard when 7 of 8 Webelos cross over
and 1 stays on and has to have an AOL ceremony and a crossover for only
himself, but I've seen it done. What is far worse is to give the boy the
AOL if he hasn't quite earned it.
Chris in Houston