scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Scouts not going to camp (long)
KJ Mineart (kjmineart@YAHOO.COM
Thu Jun 01 2000 - 08:29:25 CDT
--- "Ronald W. Fox" <ronfox@MINDSPRING.COM> wrote:
> Were I you, I'd try the following:
> 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.
Just another suggestion, we found another awesome hook
for exposing the Webelos to scout camping and Scout
Summer Camp in particular is to have them visit the
Troop on family night at Summer Camp. The summer
before our/my (the Scoutmaster and mine) Webelos Den
was ready to crossover, we even stayed the night with
one of the Troops we were considering joining before
starting a more local group of our own. On family
night, our OA lodge has it's calling out ceremony and
puts on quite a show! The boys were totally fired up
about crossing over and it also got me jazzed up to be
involved for the long haul. We have already made
arrangements with the next group of Webelos and their
leaders for them to visit and attend family night
campfire with us. The only thing that would make it
even more of a draw would be if any of our Scouts were
eligible to be called out this year. At the moment,
they are all going to be 1st and 2nd year campers.
In my opinion, and for our Troop, this activity is
HUGE. Running a close second is having the Webelos
participate in a fall campout, either as a unit or
with the Troop. Another great point that Mr. Fox made
was that Cub Scouts isn't an entity of itself, it's
only a part of a much bigger picture. As much as
possible this needs to be made clear to parents (and
especially leaders) of the Cub Scout groups.
Yours in Scouting
SA T214, W. Burlington, IA
DL P14, W. Burlington, IA
Silver Tomahawk Lodge 80
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