scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Webelos Transition to Boy Scouts
Stu Allen (allensr@FRONTIERNET.NET
Thu Mar 30 2000 - 07:07:01 CST
> reqs for AoL - it was a
> rect. patch that was Blue w/ gold arrow and you could wear it on your Scout
> for all to see when you crossed over. Now we have a knot, but if you're not
> into knots, the average person doesn't know you earned it.
Huh? The Arrow Of Light is _still_ a rectangular blue patch with a gold
arrow on it; a Webelos Scout who has earned it wears it on the left pocket
flap of his Cub Scout uniform (above the button) and a Boy Scout who earned it
as a Webelos Scout can wear it underneath the left pocket of his uniform.
This was true 20+ years ago when I earned it, and it is still true today unless
something has changed VERY recently, like in the past week or so!
The KNOT is for _adults_ who earned the AoL to wear, if they so desire -- but
I agree, many people have no idea what the knot means though. During one of
our recent den meetings, I was talking with my boys (Bears) about the AoL.
They were MUCH more impressed with the fact that my Den Chief wears it on HIS
uniform than by the knot I wear on mine. The reason I wear the knot, as a
matter of fact, is NOT to boast about a boyhood accomplishment but to
hopefully show the boys that earning the AoL is something they can be proud
of not only the night they recieve the award but also as a Boy Scout
(hopefully!) and as an adult too. None of the boys care about something I
did 'back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth'! I tell them THAT'S when I was
in Cub Scouts. Usually they don't believe me! :-)
> and safly what was once a one year program, then two, has now become 1 1/2,
> w/ units and boys urged to cross over as early as possible, Feb if they can.
> When one
> considers that in some places school starts as late as 7 Sep, and units shut
> for two weeks during Christmas, 2d yr Webelos really should only be required
> to pay
> a 4 mo. fee, not a whole yr!
Hmmm. Well, if you're talking about the _registration_ fee, then remember
that it transfers to the troop (with a $1 transfer fee I believe). If you're
talking about pack dues, then perhaps packs should take that into
consideration. I don't think we've had any complaints in our pack.
As far as "pushing" the boys to move to a troop ASAP, I believe what national
found was that boys _tended_ to be more likely to stay in Boy Scouts if they
went to scout camp their first summer, and boys (and parents!) that had a
couple months to 'get used' to a troop before summer camp had a better camp
DL/COR Pack/Troop 92