scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Webelos Crossover, etc
Mon Mar 06 2000 - 07:18:08 CST
I agree it is possible and desirable in some instances for 4th graders to
earn their AOL! I was pointing out that fact with a quote from the Webelos
Scout Book to anouther poster.
> > Or for at least six months since becoming 10 years
> > old (1998 Webelos Scout
> > Book).
In fact my son (4th grade, Webelos I, NO AOL) meets the requirements for Boy
Scouts NOW! We retained him in the first grade for an extra year plus his
winter birthday makes him 11 now.
My son got involved with scouts in the second grade as a wolf and has had
normal progression through the ranks, but he wants to join Boy scouts now!
Forget waiting for his den to crossover in March 2001. He is getting his
Webelos Badge this month and is already 3/4 of the way done with his AOL. I
might add that he is no further along in advancement than any other member
of his den.
I don't think he is ready for Boy Scouts now, however by September that may
be anouther story. I discussed it with him and together we set some goals
such as showing increased responsibility, demonstrating his willingness to
live by the Scout Law, earning his AOL, and taking an active role in
leadership by example in his den. That was 2 months ago and I bet we are
troop shopping in the fall!<VBG>
Some one else brought up the fact that Boy Scout troops don't want 4th
graders at their campouts, meetings, or other activities. I don't believe
that you are speakiing for all of the troops out there. As a general
statement you may be right, however there are a number of 4th graders that
FULLY MEET the requirements to be a BOY SCOUT WITHOUT ANY CUB SCOUT
EXPIRERIANCE! Why hold back the ones that are Cub Scouts, especially if
they are motivated and capable?