scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Late Webelos crossing over to Boy Scouts
Dale & Donna Buss (buss_family@HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Mar 01 2000 - 09:52:08 CST
I am new to this list--my second day.
I have two boys in scouts (A 16 year old Eagle Scout and a 4th grade
Webelos). I have been the Webelos leader for both. My oldest son did not
cross over until May, because I wasn't ready to cut the apron strings.
Sorry, but that's the truth. I was worried about him being around the
"older boys". Now 6 years later, I see I was putting my needs as a
parent/leader before his needs. He didn't suffer from the decision. As a
matter of fact all of the boys who crossed over in that group are still
ACTIVE in scouting. Two are Eagles. One is working on Eagle.
My younger son is ready "mentally" to be a boy scout. The other Webelos
are, too. So here is what we are doing. Beginning in April, we will have a
Troop/Webelos outing every month we do not have a Webelos campout. In the
fall, we will hold our Webelos meetings the same time and place as the troop
(almost, but not quite, as a separate patrol). I am slowly melting out of
the picture and promoting more boy leadership. By November, they will be
Boy Scouts. I think I have a devoted group of future Boy Scouts. They will
not be "thrown in" to a troop. They will know the boys and the routine.
I support fall cross-over, NOW. I would definitely like to see all Webelos
cross over by their Blue and gold at the latest. We do the Arrow of Light
ceremony in October. Followed immediately by the Crossing Over. They
receive their Boy Scout badge, remove Cub Scout items from their shirt and
leave the pack meeting with the Boy Scouts. We then proceed with a regular
pack meeting for the remaining scouts.
P.S. I am also Cub Roundtable Commissioner for Shoquoquon District and have
just been give the responsibility for Webelos to Boy Scout transition in the
district. I am suggesting to the Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner that we
holding a JOINT Roundtable in September to help the Boy Scout leaders see
that they are very much needed in this transition. It reminds me a little
of fraternity rush in college. You put your best foot forward and "woo" the
friendship of these young Webelos.
Donna S. Buss
Media, IL 61460
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