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Tips on how to make your transition from Webelos into Boy Scouts successful

Tips on how to make your transition from Webelos into Boy Scouts successful

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  • 1. CS 133 Webelos to Scouting Transition University of Scouting January 31, 2009 Mike Harlan, Troop 30 (502) 429-5950 mikeharlan.40222@insightbb.com 1 Lincoln Heritage Council, Louisville, KY
  • 2. What makes the difference? 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 Participating Boys (Sept.) 2 1 0 3rd Grade 4th Grade 5th Grade 6th Grade Bears Webelos 1 Webelos 2 Scout 1st Class Best Default You can! 2 Lincoln Heritage Council, Louisville, KY
  • 3. Training Objectives Help Webelos/Cub Scout Leaders to help more Webelos (& their parents) transition into Boy Scouts more fun + more learning • Understand the transition process • Suggest tips for success • Answer any questions 3 Lincoln Heritage Council, Louisville, KY
  • 4. Transition Process Bears Webelos 1 Webelos 2 Scout 1st Class Eagle Scout 3rd grade 4th Grade 5th Grade 6th Grade 4 Lincoln Heritage Council, Louisville, KY
  • 5. 1) Exploring Options & Building Familiarity Den meeting presentations by Scoutmasters and active Scouts (Pack alumni?) [Aug./Sept./Oct.] Troop visits: minimum: 1; recommended: 3+ [Sept.-Dec.] See different “flavors” of Boy Scouts, have fun – Weekly Troop Meetings – Outings Visit together, as many Webelos & adults as possible; allow time after the visit to compare notes & impressions Revisit Troops you’re considering joining 5 Lincoln Heritage Council, Louisville, KY
  • 6. What to look for in a Troop (short version) 1. Active year-round program 1. Weekly meetings – opening, Patrol time, training, Scoutmaster’s Minute & closing {does the meeting day/time fit with your family’s schedule?} 2. Outing every month – fun, safe, well-organized, variety 3. Summer camp - participation 4. High Adventure opportunities (Philmont, Sea Base, Northern Tier) 5. Scout-led annual program planning 2. Leadership 1. Scout-led – organized, respected, trained (NYLT) 2. Adult leaders: trained (Wood Badge), breadth & depth, support/coaching/ ”safety net” 3. “Fit”/Chemistry 1. Feel comfortable, welcome – “good guys” 2. Large vs. small Troop 4. Financially strong Active fundraising; financial accountability 5. Advancement 1. “First Class First Year” – progress through initial ranks 2. Eagle Scouts 6 Lincoln Heritage Council, Louisville, KY
  • 7. Q: If our Pack is closely tied with a Troop, do we want to complicate things by visiting other Troops? A close tie with a single Troop (for example, sponsored by the same Charter Organization) is generally very beneficial for both the Pack and the Troop. But what counts most is finding the right “fit” for each boy – that makes the biggest difference in whether he will continue in Scouts beyond the first few months. Even when there are close ties, and nearly all the Webelos from your Pack join the same Troop each year, visiting other Troops can still be helpful: • See how other Troops do things, bring fresh ideas to the Troop you join • Make a decision with a broader perspective, picking from good options instead of feeling “trapped” into just one option Visiting other Troops is especially important if one or more of the Webelos in your Den decide they don’t want to join the Troop your Webelos usually join – it’s clearly better to help them continue into Boy Scouts in another Troop then have them drop out of Scouting 7 Lincoln Heritage Council, Louisville, KY
  • 8. 2) Deciding • Try to reach individual or/and group decisions about which Troop(s) to join in December or January (no later than early February) • Schedule Scoutmaster’s Conferences for Webelos who have completed their other Arrow of Light requirements Presume continuation – “With all that fun stuff to do, why wouldn’t you keep going into Boy Scouts?!☺” 8 Lincoln Heritage Council, Louisville, KY
  • 9. Q: Should we push all the boys to stick together and go into one Troop, or let the boys each choose which Troop to join? The objective is to have each boy continue to have fun, learn more, and keep growing in Scouting. So it’s a judgment call for each situation: – Joining a Troop where he already knows people, and/or where his buddies are also joining, can help a boy feel more comfortable in joining a new group. – At the same time, boys’ interests and temperament are different and Troops’ “flavors” vary – the best “fit” for one boy may not be a good fit for another boy in his Webelos Den/Patrol. Separate choice for each Webelos (and his parents) – but influenced by what his friends choose 9 Lincoln Heritage Council, Louisville, KY
  • 10. 3) Crossing Over • Special ceremony to: – Celebrate Cub Scouting/Webelos accomplishments & fun – Recognize an important milestone – Welcome boys (and adults) into Boy Scouts – Set aspiration goal for younger Cub Scouts • When? generally February or March (no later than April) – After Pinewood Derby – Many Packs do it as part of Blue & Gold Banquet – Others prefer to have an Arrow of Light ceremony at the Blue & Gold Banquet, then make the Crossing Over a stand-alone ceremony at a Pack meeting in March – “Forcing function” deadline to complete Arrow of Light* – Early enough for summer camp planning, orientation with Troop, earn initial ranks (Scout, Tenderfoot) before summer camp Boys & adults IMMEDIATELY start participating in their Troops 10 Lincoln Heritage Council, Louisville, KY
  • 11. Make it memorable! 11 Lincoln Heritage Council, Louisville, KY
  • 12. Crossing Over Ideas • Joint camping trip with associated Troop: Webelos start the 1st night with Pack, then crossover at Campfire ceremony 2nd night, spend the 2nd night with Troop • Joint Pack/Troop “lock-in” (indoor overnight) • Webelos 1s help take off Webelos 2s’ blue epaulets before crossing over, Scouts help put on red or green epaulets after crossing over • Parents cross-over at same time as boys • • • 12 Lincoln Heritage Council, Louisville, KY
  • 13. Key: Strong Webelos Program Bears Webelos 1 Webelos 2 Scout 1st Class Eagle Scout 3rd grade 4th Grade 5th Grade 6th Grade In order to get all of your boys into Boy Scouts, they need to have an active Webelos program! 13 Lincoln Heritage Council, Louisville, KY
  • 14. Webelos Program Tips At the beginning: similar to Cub Scouts By the end: similar to Boy Scouts • Blue uniform Khaki uniform • Den+: den emblem, flag, yell • Adult organized (more) Boy- organized – Denner: elected by the other Webelos 14 Lincoln Heritage Council, Louisville, KY
  • 15. Webelos Tips (continued) • Den Chief: boys learning from older Scouts, not just adults • Webelos can do Den hikes & camping trips – BALOO-trained adults; Den Chief – Boys tent-sharing, separate from their parents • Webelos resident summer camp! • Activity pins ↔ individual interests (like Boy Scout Merit Badges) For more ideas & resources, take CS 1003 Webelos Job Specific training and CS111 Wonderful World of Webelos 15 Lincoln Heritage Council, Louisville, KY
  • 16. Keep your boys growing in Scouting! 16 Lincoln Heritage Council, Louisville, KY
  • 17. Any questions? Mike Harlan Troop 30 – ASM for Outreach and Owls (Newcomers) Patrol (502) 429-5950; (502) 608-6518 mobile Mikeharlan.40222@insightbb.com 1321 Leighton Circle, Louisville, KY 40222 17 Lincoln Heritage Council, Louisville, KY