scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Webelos
Tom Kennedy (TKENNEDY@PRODIGY.NET
Sun Mar 05 2000 - 10:07:18 CST
I might be missing the whole concept of Cub Scouting, especially the Webelos
I am unfortunate not to have the Webelos Handbook readily available, but as
a former WDL and Asst. Scoutmaster, let me put my cents in.
We started the Webelos scouts in June, right after they completed the fourth
grade. We worked through July and August, trying to master the activity
skills for the out of doors. When school started we were rolling and in
October the scouts earned their Webelos Badge. We then continued working on
one activity pin per month, (note: some took more than a month). After the
scouts completed their fourth grade in school, we continued to work through
the summer. In December of their fifth grade year, we reviewed and caught up
on the activities that several had missed or not completed. By Feb., they
were ready for our B&G, AOL, and crossover. Out of the 8 scouts, 7 had
earned all 21 activity pins.
Now those little guys are in the troop, of the 8, six are left. 1 Eagle, 3
Life, and 2 Star.
We started Webelos 7 years ago, my guys are now 17 - 16 year olds, still
interested in Scouts and realize that anything worth getting is worth
Boy Scouts has given us a special program, working together as a group in
our dens, all advancing at about the same pace. Let's work the program,
take as much time as the boys need and do as much as they can, but get them
into Boy Scout Troops in Feb/March. They need time to "bond" with the
troop, make some older friends, before summer camp. Summer camp is most
likely the first time they will be away for a week, without mom or pop.
They can do it if they know their buddies in the troop. A boy that does not
attend summer camp with a troop, is more likely not to be in scouts long.