scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Be Prepared?
Cheri Mertins (cmertins@SETAC.ORG
Mon Feb 28 2000 - 09:55:11 CST
As I was reading through this post, I was appauled.
It seems that everyone is always rushing to turn those Cubs into Scouts. At
our Blue & Gold Banquet this past week, we closed with the Cub Scout
Promise. Our 5th Grade Webelos (who were supposed to be leading it) could
not say it. They have been sooo imersed in learning the Scout Oath that
they had forgotten the Cub Scout Promise. Regardless of what some may think,
the Cub Scout program is a good one. Earlier and earlier we push the boys to
cross over and it really cripples a Pack to loose the older boys so early in
a program year. I think we need to let our Cubs be Cubs and be recognized as
such. Get their awards and honors as a Cub without the spector of a new
adventure looming. A lot of parents are not aware of what all goes on in
Boy Scouts and are not ready to know. They are still enthusiastic about
their Cub, as it should be.
The Crossover Ceremony should be just that, a Crossover. Once the Cub has
become a Scout, he can start on that path. Being awarded a Scout rank should
not be held at a Cub Scout Pack ceremony, which is what a Crossover ceremony
is. But, this is my opinion.
Pack 32 Commitee Chair and WDL
EscaRosa District, Pensacola, FL