scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Webelos Transition to Boy Scouts
Kevin Pate (kevinpate@YAHOO.COM
Wed Mar 29 2000 - 21:46:48 CST
Preparing Cub Scouts to become Boy scouts is not what
Webelos Scouts are ALL about, but that is indeed one
of the main functions of the Webelos Scouts program.
Webelos Scout level is a transitional program...a fun,
exciting way to help a boy grow from being the lil'
boy in the home under mom and dad wings, to being more
self sufficient as he begins to mature.
This is one reason the Webelos activities are not only
more challenging than what was done as a Wolf or Bear,
but also the entire advancement structure is
With limited exceptions, advancement is no longer
predomenantly working directly with mom and dad in the
role of Akela for advancement purposes.
It becomes more and more working with the den leader
and with activity pin counselors. There is more of an
emphasis on camping, and through the activity pin
program, on useful outdoor and safety and fitness
skills as opposed to crafts and skits, although those
still have a place in the Webelos Scouts life and
As a Cubmaster, I understand the function of the Cub
program and as a trainer I teach on it regularly
throughout the year. One of the stated nine purposes
of Cub Scouting is to prepare the boys to become Boy
I never consider any lad to be in BSA only through 5th
grade, and I have shed tears over boys who do not
cross over (which more often than not occurs because a
parent is not ready for their lil' boy to be making
the steps toward becoming a more self reliant young
Yes, Webelos Scouts are supposed to have fun and yes,
the Webelos Scouting program is not controlled or
dictated by Troop leaders. rather, there is a
coordinated effort to reach these boys and encourage
them to go on to Boy Scouting and not see the AoL as
the end of the path.
Webelos Scouts are not Junior Boy Scouts, but Webelos
was never designed to be Bears II or the end of the
Scouting trail either.
Activity pins, when done according to the plan, have
very much to do with the preparation for Boy Scouts.
The skills acquired are a good foundation for what is
to come. Working advancement through the WL and
through acitivity pin counselors is a basic foundation
of what is to come as well...when the boy will have
non-family members review him for advancement, and
will work with merit badge counselors to further learn
and refine skills which he will carry through his
whole life hopefully.
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