Webelos to Scout Transition – The Goal June 9, 2010Posted by thetrainerscorner in Uncategorized.
Tags: Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scout Leaders, Training, Webelos, Webelos to Scout Transition
Hello fellow Scouters,
Too often I hear people say that the goal of the Webelos to Scout transition process should be getting a boy to join a troop. This can be A goal, but I feel this falls short of what we want from our Webelos Scout. We are not selling cars, where we want someone to sign the dotted line and then the deal is done. If we think of the goal as getting a boy to join a troop, we will design our recruiting tools for this. Instead, we should define the goal as getting the boy to find a troop that fits him and his family, where he will stay in and find success.
Each troop is unique. Some are fully boy-lead. Some have more adult involvement. Some are high-adventure oriented. Some might do more car camping. And some might be more community-service oriented, with a little less focus on the outdoors. And all of these are the correct way to run a troop. We shouldn’t fall into the trap of saying a troop should be this way, or a troop should be that way. If a troop has a stable or growing membership, and the boys are having fun while their character is being developed, then that troop is doing the right thing.
So when working towards our Webelos to Scout transition goal, we should look at which type of troop fits the boy and his family before he joins. The boy and his family should look for a troop that fits their family needs and their idea of what a troop should be. This is why visiting multiple troops as a Webelos is so vital. And I would charge all Webelos den leaders to let your parents know that the choice of a troop is a family decision. This is the time where your den might go their separate ways, and that’s OK. Although it’s great when boys go from a Webelos den to the same troop, sometimes it’s best in the long run for a Scout to go to a separate troop than some in his den.
We should want more from the Webelos to Scout transition process than getting a boy to join a troop. The Webelos to Scout transition process should be about getting the boy to join a troop that fits in with his and his family’s idea of what a troop should be and where he will get fully engaged in that troop. We want a boy to find the right troop for him and his family, so he will join and stay in and enjoy all that Boy Scouts has to offer.
Previous Webelos to Scout transition postings can be found by clicking the “Webelos to Scout” page above.
– Scouter Jeff <><