scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Questions of age and rank
Jim Boyett (homepup@EARTHLINK.NET
Tue Feb 29 2000 - 16:28:38 CST
We have a few situations that are causing heated debate in our committee.
1. Cub is in 4th grade, is 11and is a Webelos I. One leader insists that
this cub must become a boy scout immediately. The mother, our CC, does not
believe the boy is ready and wants him to stay in cubs to get his AoL. Does
this boy have to go to Boy Scouts? Would it be in his best interest?
2. Cub is in 4th grade, 10 years old, is mentally and physically
handicapped, and 2 1/2 years behind his grade level. The cub will be
getting his AoL within the next month or two and Mom, our Webelos I leader,
wants to move him to Boy Scouts as soon as possible. He has cerebral
palsy, is on crutches and will be having surgery in the near future. Should
he move forward? If so should he join the regular troop or one for special
3. Cub is 9 years old and began the school year in 2nd grade. He was
recently promoted to 3rd grade. While his leader was out due to family
problems, the cub was moved from Wolves to Bears with only a few
requirements left for his Wolf badge. In the last month he has completed
his Bear badge. Should we have waited and allowed him to complete his Wolf
first before moving him?
4. Cub is 9 years old and in the 3rd grade. When he joined the pack, he
was in the first grade but was placed in the wolves because of his age.
When he got to Webelos he wanted to go back to Bears to be with his
classmates. It seemed like he was not ready for Webelos so he was allowed
to move back with his friends where he is having fun. Should he have been
kept in Webelos where he probably would have dropped out of scouting
because he was not happy?
Any assistance in the matters would be helpful as they are pulling our pack
Bears Den Leader, Committee Secretary and Stand-in Cubmaster until one is