scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: When should Webelos get their cross over ceremony?
Fri Mar 03 2000 - 03:40:46 CST
In my area, all the packs cross the boys over in May/June rather than now.
I've seen much discussion on the list about it, and most people do not agree
with the way we all tend to do things here. I'm on the training team, and one
thing we tell the Webelos Leaders is that, while Webelos is said to be an 18
month program, it really takes 2 years to complete. It's not a mad race to
advance, but rather a slow and steady growth. When I was a Webelos Leader,
we never ran out of things to do.
The AOL's are frequently done at a Blue and Gold banquet, distinctly
that ceremony from the bridging. They are not the same, and we want the
boys to understand that it's a separate, and special distinction, rather
than have a combined
ceremony where the significance of both get lost.
The troops in the area, too, are not prepared to accept Webelos right
now. It makes
things smoother on the troops if crossovers are all done in the same time
frame, and May/June works well for most. It's not easy being a lone "new
I've not seen where crossing over later rather than sooner negatively
boys' camping experience with the troop. The Webelos go to Camporee with the
Boy Scout Troops. They hold joint functions with troops. Within a short
induction into the troop, they're off to Rookie Camp where the new Scouts
first taste of Troop Camping. There are several options for summer camp,
do not all attend the same camps. Some go to White Stag Leadership Camp, some
go to the local Resident Camp. Last year, many of the older boys were off
to Philmont. This year, along with White Stag and Resident Camp, there's a
week-long horse trek.
Most of the newer boys along with some of the veterans elect to go to the
(Only one boy is going to all 3 camps this summer, and he's earned every
get himself there. He just couldn't make up his mind since they all
sounded so great.)
I just haven't seen the problems that others talk about when they insist
crossovers are a must. Rather, I see some very cohesive troops in this area.