scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Webelos
Clay Converse (ClayConver@AOL.COM
Thu Feb 24 2000 - 00:09:45 CST
In a message dated 23/2/00 11:32:50, blkeagle@USSCOUTS.ORG writes:
<< Unfortunately, Paul, there are local Councils that are basically "pushing"
Packs to move those boys to Boy Scouting by the spring of their 5th grade. >>
<< We don't "mass move" kids from one "stage" to
another "stage" for the convience of the adults...or the desires of the
local Council to keep their "Boy Scouting numbers up.">>
The reasons that local Councils and the National Council are encouraging
Packs to move their Webelos to Boy Scouting in the Feb-Mar time frame are
based on research indicating that Cubs who transfer early enough to get
fully integrated into their new Troops in time to go to summer camp with the
Troop their first summer in the Troop, tend to stay with the program in
greater numbers. I have been in a position to see the truth of this theory.
As a District Executive and a Commissioner I have seen far better retention
by those Pack/Troop combinations that graduate in the Feb-Mar time frame than
those who graduate in late spring. Many of the Cubs that graduate at the end
of the school year never even join a Troop, and those that do often don't
return in the fall.
We certainly need to use judgment in accommodating the needs of individual
Scouts, especially those who may have gotten a late start on their Arrow of
light. There is however a lot to be said for graduating Cub Scouts as an
intact Den. Cubs are far more likely to transition successfully if in the
company of their peers.
As to the motives of your local Council, I know that my concern as a District
Executive was much the same as it was as a District Commissioner, to retain
as many Cub Scouts into the Boy Scout program as possible.
Assistant District Commissioner & Membership Chairman
Tioughnioga District, Baden Powell Council, NY