scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Scouts not going to camp (long)
Ronald W. Fox (ronfox@MINDSPRING.COM
Wed May 31 2000 - 19:00:08 CDT
Were I you, I'd try the following:
1) Call the Council. Find out the name and phone number of the Unit
2) Talk to the Unit Commissioner. Find out if they understand the
difference and timing of the Boy Scout program. If they do, get him/her on
your side. If not, call the District Commissioner for help.
3) Call the Pack's Committee Chair. Ask for 15 minutes at the next
Committee meeting, to discuss how the Pack can improve the percentage of
crossovers from Cubs to Boy Scouts. Coordinate the date with the Unit
4) Show up. Discuss the fact (backed up by quotes from the literature)
that one of the major purposes of the Webelos program is to transition Cub
Scouts into Boy Scouts, and that the Pack and the Troop are supposed to
(and need to) work together in order to make this happen. Then discuss the
differences between the two programs, and how crossovers are generally
scheduled around the February/March timeframe. Tell them the months of
March through June are used to get the boys used to those differences in
the Troop and prepare them for Summer camp. Get them to understand that
Scouts who don't go to summer camp don't stay in Scouting, and we all want
them to stay in Scouting, don't we? Cub Scouts is part of an overall
Scouting program, not a standalone program, and it and the Troop need to
work together if either are to be successful with the Webelos program.
Hanging onto the 2nd year Webelos until May hurts the program and the boys.
Your Unit Commissioner should be backing you up about all of this, with
appropriate commentary about practices of other units and quotes from the
BSA literature and program helps.
I'd also suggest that you make sure you schedule a campout for the Webelos
during the fall prior to their crossover, and give them a taste of Boy
Scout camping. Make sure the parents show up! That'll help, too.
Scoutmaster, Troop 69, Des Plaines Valley Council (W&SW Chicago Suburbs)
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