scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: Subject: Bear to Webelos transition)
The Gross Family (Gross144@GATEWAY.NET
Tue Apr 18 2000 - 22:39:15 CDT
> So what I'm looking for is any tips or "lesson plans" that you Webelos
> Veterans can give me. Are there some activity pins which should be worked on
> before others? I've asked and we don't appear to have any special training in
> the Webelos program in our council.
Well, there IS special training for Webelos leaders, including:
1) The Webelos Den Leader Split Session in Cub Scout Basic Leader
2) Webelos Leader Outdoor Training (sometimes called OWL), and
3) Ongoing Training via Webelos Leader Split Sessions at Roundtable
If your district or council does not offer these, you may want to borrow
a Cub Scout Training manual from your district training committee, which
has the syllabus for the first 2, and self train. Of course, you could
ask them when they're going to offer the training (i.e., hint to them
:-). And while you're at it, ask your Cub Scout Roundtable chairman
about Webelos specific sessions.
You need to get a copy of X33853A, Webelos Leader Guide ($7.50) which is
the equivalent of Program Helps for Webelos.
In regards your question about working on some before others:
Some of the activity awards are pitched at 4th graders, some at 5th
graders, but there is little firm direction. The most obvious order is
that the Fitness activity award should proceed Athelete (if you read the
requirements you'll see why.
Three badges are required for the Arrow of Light, and obviously should
be part of your plan:
1) Fitness (also required for the Webelos rank, making it an obvious
early choice in your program).
If you can find an old copy of Cub Scout Program Helps, that still has
the Webelos Helps, (many Scout Shops have prior year issues around, ASK)
you can see that they recommend the Activity Badges in a fairly regular
order. Here is the order in 1999-2000 (copied from the US Scouts Web
page on Scouting Themes):
May Outdoorsman/Family Member
The old Program Helps (and some folks) treat the first in the pair as
the 4th grade program, and the second as the 5th grade program. That's
pretty much what we did, but as many on the list have noted we wrapped
up the program so as to bridge around February in the 5th grade year.
And we did Fitness first, since it was required for Webelos (and my boys
had a LOT of energy to burn :-).
Finally, I strongly recommend that you visit US Scouts, and browse old
copies of Baloo's Bugle for Webelos program ideas -- did I mention how
proud we are that Baloo's author is in Greater Alabama? Yeah Chris!
David Gross (Greater Alabama Council, SA, CSRTC, Eagle/3, OA-B)