scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: When should Webelos get their cross over ceremony?
Judy Yeager (jscout@HOTMAIL.COM
Fri Mar 03 2000 - 09:35:31 CST
I have followed this thread these many days about the pros/cons of
early/late crossover and so far nothing "official" has been cited. If you
will look at the Cub Scout Leader Book, you will find a page called "The Cub
Scout Cycle." (The book I have is the 1998 printing and there is a newer
edition.) In the 1998 printing, this is found on page 17-36. The subtitle
at the top of the page says, "With February/March graduation of second-year
This chart shows all levels of Cub Scouting and indicates the length of each
level: Tiger Cubs - 9 months (which is now changing), Wolves - 12 months,
Bears - 12 months, First-year Webelos - 12 months, Second-year Webelos -
9-10 months. It also states "Second=year Webelos Scouts graduate and join
troops in February (or March)."
The # at the bottom of this page is 13-027 and says 1995 printing. This was
a change from the previous edition of this publication.
Conclusion? At least 5 years ago, national decided that the Webelos program
was no longer a 2 year program and that graduation into Troops should occur
earlier in the year.
That's the "official" line. I would also like to share personal experience.
Our older son went through the old one year Webe program and graduated
into a troop the end of April. Because of where his birthday fell, he was
one of the older boys in his grade level, was physically one of the largest
and mentally matured much faster than his peers, but still he chose not to
attend summer camp that first year and we didn't force the issue. His
reason, which we didn't find out until later, was that he didn't feel that
comfortable with the Troop yet.
Younger son comes along - middle of his age group, average size, normal
maturation rate - goes through two-year Webe program. His group crossed
over the end of January and he went to summer camp his first year for 10
days and got along fine.
What was the difference? Was it the timing of the crossover, or were there
other things at play here? Who knows? I certainly don't have the answer.
BTW, #1 is an Eagle and #2 is really close.
. . .and a good ole' Bobelope, too. . .
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