scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: Webelos Camping questions!
Jim Peterson (kupete@KUHUB.CC.UKANS.EDU
Wed Apr 05 2000 - 11:57:30 CDT
>Date: Wed, 5 Apr 2000 10:56:24 -0600
>From: Jim Peterson <email@example.com>
>Subject: Re: Webelos Camping questions!
>>At the summer Webelos camp do you normally have the Webelos leader take the
>>boys or would you also have an Assistant Scoutmaster go with them, to help
>>teach them the "Scout" way? Since some (NOT ALL) Webelos leaders are not
>>aware of how a troop works.
>Hmm. Nope I wouldn't. There are differences in the program and not all
>SMs were Webelos leaders. Also, I wouldn't want to "step on the toes" of
>the Webelos leaders or CM who might be in attendance. Let the Webelos
>leaders run their program. I would think the Webelos Leader might even
>resent the fact that a SM was attending to "make sure s/he did it right".
>>Also would you do this on Webelos overnighters. Now this is more so for the
>>2nd year Webelos than the 1st. And yes I know that a parent must go camping
>>with the Webelos!
>>Also, this is for Paul or Mike or the other Mike!~!~! mostly. Where and when
>>did the rule for a parent going camping with the Webelos come in to effect
>>and can you tell me why?
>Not sure when it came in but it was there 9 years ago when I was a WDL.
>I know this is policy, but if you are getting them
>>ready for Boy Scouts, it doesn't seem feasible to have a parent there.
>>Parents are welcome always, but what I am talking about is to introduce the
>>patrol method of camping, it's hard to do with Parents there always saying
>>things like "Little Johnny can't cut potatoes with a knife cause I just don't
>>want him too" (this is an extreme) but you get the gest.
>>I just don't understand the philosophy behind MAKING parents be there instead
>>of getting the boys used to the "Boy Scout" method of camping.
>Laura, I know you won't, but let me plead to any others out there who
>might be reading this:
>PLEASE don't RUSH these Webelos scouts into the Boy Scout Program!!!! I
>have seen too many instances when much of the mistique of Boy Scouts was
>ruined by WDLs who were too anxious to "get these boys up to speed."
>That's the job of the Scoutmaster, the SPL and the Troop Guides once
>they've joined a troop. Now certainly you are leading in the
>"transition", but keep the true "independence" that a boy is given on a
>campout for his Boy Scout experiences.
>>But to answer the main question that will come up after you read this post.
>>MY WEBELOS PARENTS WILL BE THERE!!!!!!!!!!!
>Never doubted you! :-)