Good Afternoon. For those that can not read this is Webelos to Troop Transition. *Todays children are not adventurous as we were. Every year children get more and more sedate. (READ FROM Last Child in the Woods) This book goes on to spell out some of the issues of our society's lack of attention to the natural world around us. In Boy Scouts interaction to nature is our primary teaching tool. What is going to happen when boys who hardly ever camp become Scout leaders? In the book a mother describes telling here young kids to go out in the small field behind their house and play for two hours. They played all day and enjoyed it. However the next day in the same situation they replied, no we did that yesterday. Just like in video games they finished, the game got to the end of the adventure, so now it is time for another game. What they do not understand is that same field today is a different game. It is up to us as leaders to show them how to play a different outdoor game even in the same field.
Another issue for today is the increase in child abduction and abuse. If you do not live in a secluded area where you know your children can be safe, which are getting fewer and fewer every year. Outside activities are harder now that it is essential to have both parents working. 5 or 6 days, eight or more hours of work, came home dinner, homework, chores. Play time in any fashion is hard to fit in. *The best activity to make WEBELOS to Troop transition smooth is getting in front of everyone possible in the community. It is an essential tool to creating good character in your scouts. This requires them to be on their best behavior. If the Cub Pack is there, a troop representative if possible should at least stop in. A leader/parent and Scout is best. Getting the Cub parents to see that you are a group of good people is half the battle of getting Webelos to cross over. If most all the parents and Cub and Boy Scouts know each other than the scary unsure feelings are reduced. With today's weirdoes would you let your kid go on a camp out if you did not know them personally? *The Cub Pack is adult leader oriented. The Cubs do what is planned for them.
In Boy Scouts it is boy lead with only guidance form the adults.
Figuring out how to reducing the culture shock between Cubs and Boy Scouts takes some work. As we talked before get everyone to know each other. Plan activities you both can participate in. Teach the parents what a Boy Lead troop is all about.
Imagine a new Scout comes into the troop and is told to get into their patrol and work on knot tying. With out some type of leadership they are lost. The will automatically look to an adult for help. However, if they have had prior experience with Boy Scouts interaction with the Pack they will know about Boy Leadership and will understand that is who the leaders are now and will listen to the older Boy Scout.
*As a Scout leader getting the Boys to behave all the time can be interesting. Always have more activities than time. Have the Boys Scouts set a goal for the Cubs and make it fun. (Catapult example Monster Mash) If boys are fooling around, roughhousing and not listening to the leaders they will think twice before letting their son join. If it is a really bad example, the rumor mill will kill the troop. Both troop and pack do similar things. Scouts camp in Tents, Cubs in Cabins. When I was in Holland Troop 507 we had a yearly WEBELOS weekend winter campout. The Boys Scouts would sleep in tents just outside the cabin. The Troop did all the activities for the weekend. The Boy Scouts set up a round robin of activities. In cabin was First Aid and knots, Outside was dressing for cold weather. Winter Nature and fire safety. Cubs would identify the types of wood, tinder etc. the Boy Scout would demonstrate the proper way to build the fire and after each group went through the stations they all met back and under the supervision of leaders and parents cooked hot dogs over their fire. After lunch we hit the sledding hill and every scout slept very well.
When Cubs and the parents see the Boy Scouts are great teachers, and that the adult leaders are well trained in Troop guidance. It reduces doubt about crossing over. When both parent and Cub Scout participate, they tend to like it and want to do more. This also a great Adult leader recruiting time.
*Imagine you and your Cub Pack was invited to a Boy Scout function.
What would you expect to see?
What would you do if you saw bad behavior from the Boy Scout?
What would you do if you saw lack of adult leadership in that troop?
What if you saw both?
*The highest rank in Cub Scouting is the Arrow of Light Award. Earning this rank prepares a Webelos Scout to become a Boy Scout. Webelos Scouts who have earned the Arrow of Light Award have also completed all requirements for the Boy Scout badge. (Scouting.org)No not really
*Look at the Scout Requirements while I read the Arrow of Light Scout section, Let me know if you see it in there.
Show your knowledge of the requirements to become a Boy Scout by doing all of these:
Repeat from memory and explain in your own words the Scout Oath or Promise and the 12 points of the Scout Law. Tell how you have practiced them in your everyday life.
Give and explain the Scout motto, slogan, sign, salute, and handshake.
Understand the significance of the First Class Scout badge. Describe its parts and tell what each stands for.
Tell how a Boy Scout uniform is different from a Webelos Scout uniform.
Tie the joining knot (square knot)
With your Webelos den, visit at least one Boy Scout troop meeting and one Boy Scout-oriented outdoor activity. I know there is other requirements like the activities badges, but many times the Cubs are helped by parents and leaders. The experience is one of a partnership rather than a I can do it by myself experience.
*As much as possible.
Older Scouts should help with Cubs.
Our pinewood derby in Troop 507 we found that the Boy Scouts helping run it wanted to do it. As well many of the parents too. I was amazed at some of the workmanship from elementary school Cub Scouts. So we made a huge day of it with food, fun and festivities. We had activities for the kids when they were not racing. We staged the times so the parents could bring the Scout when it was their time to race and could leave if they could not stay the whole day. Alleghany Highlands has one like this too.
The more you interact with Cub Scouts the more boys you will have come over.*