scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Webelos program help
Thu Jul 27 2000 - 07:27:27 CDT
I assume that you already have a copy of the Webelos book *and* the Boy
First, get in to your friendly, local, neighborhood Scout Shop and pick up
a copy of the Webelos program helps booklet. This publication was new as
of last year, when "they" finally separated the Webelos program materials
from the rest of the Cub Scout program helps. Note that the Webelos
program helps booklet does *not* change every year; it's just one booklet,
with useful information on each of the 20 achievement pins.
Second, track down the time & location of your district's monthly Cub Scout
roundtable, and start attending. They will probably have additional
handouts, resources, and suggestions each month.
Third, go to the next session of your council's Webelos Leader Outdoor
Training. Even if you were a Boy Scout and have camped all of your life
(like me), you may still be surprized at what you learn (I was!).
Now that the preliminaries are over...
Sit down for an hour or so and plan out your tentative program for the next
18 months. Local customs may vary, but in general you are aiming to have
all of your boys earn their Arrow of Light sometime around February or
March of 5th grade, so you can then graduate them into a Boy Scout troop
and they can have two or three months to settle into the troop before going
off to summer camp.
Of course, the first milestone is the Webelos badge. Note that there are
specific requirements for the Webelos badge (and for the Arrow of Light);
note also that certain achievements pretty much need to be done during the
early Fall or late Spring, whereas other achievements can be done during
the winter months indoors. (E.g., for Forrester, it's really really hard
to do tree identification after the leaves have fallen.) So, make a
tentative plan on which achievements you are going to attack during which
months, and then use the above-mentioned resource materials for ideas on
what to do. Also, during one of your first den meetings, ask the boys for
input on what achievements they are particularly interested in, and alter
your plan accordingly.
For a lot of the achievements, the types of field trips should be rather
obvious. The "outdoors" group merits a trip or two to a local park; on one
of my trips, I guided them through the process of gathering tinder and
kindling, then passed out flint and steel sets with small wads of O-O-O
steel wool to catch the spark, and they tried building little fires inside
of the barbeque grills that they had in the picnic area. We have extensive
commuter rail service here in the Greater NYC area, so this lends itself to
the Traveler achievement. If there is a science museum nearly, that would
be fun for Scientist (even though they/you will still have to do the
achievements "back home" in a den meeting).
I assume that there is a Senior Webelos den in your pack too? If so, talk
with their leader(s), and perhaps arrange joint meetings to work on
achievements. You should also try to establish some contacts with one or
more local Boy Scout troops; as your Webelos scouts get closer to their
Arrow of Light, they will be required to attend some Boy Scout functions,
and will have to do a bit of camping (with which the Boy Scouts can provide
help). There are new rules regarding camping for Cubs, which are confusing
and seem to make most existing Council programs across the country illegal,
so make sure that you get the most recent "Camping for Cubs" (or whatever
its called) brochure and figure out what you can/can't do.
John A. Pershing Jr. <email@example.com>
ACM Pack 36 / ASM Troop 36, Westchester-Putnam (NY) Council