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Webelos-To-Scout Transition - A Commissioner's Role
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A source of new boys is vital to the continuance of the Boy Scout troop, and troop leaders are looking for help!
Troops Need Boys
Many Boy Scout troops have eight boys or less. Even the larger troops may find recruiting difficult.
Though many Webelos Scouts leave their den when reaching Scouting age, they're not sure about going into the troop.
With little effort, you can be the key person helping both
More than 84 % of graduating Webelos Scouts join troops when the Webelos-to-Scout transition program is used.
HOW THE TRANSITION PLAN HELPS THE BOY
Many Webelos Scouts will go on into Scouting with no help at all. But at least half of them need to know more about their opportunities for fun and adventure in the Scout troop. That's really the purpose of the Webelos-to-Scout transition plan:
Certain key Scout Leaders are better able to show the Webelos Scouts the various elements of Scouting. So we need to include everyone, starting with the Webelos Scouts themselves. That makes the transition plan an unlimited opportunity.
KEY LEADERS IN THE TRANSITION PLAN
In a nutshell, the transition plan utilizes, key people in specific roles designed to attract Webelos Scouts into the Boy Scout troop. It creates a team spirit for the Webelos den leader, the Cubmaster and the Scoutmaster, and it enhances the Scouting family concept both in and out of the chartered organization.
For complete information on the qualifications and responsibilities of leaders, see the Cub Scout Leader Book, No. 3220A.
Webelos Den Chief
A registered Boy Scout, active in the troop and selected by his Scoutmaster to serve with the Webelos den as a program assistant to the Webelos leader.
He is trained either by the troop junior leaders or by the Webelos den leader. He should be at least a Second Class Scout and skilled in conducting ceremonies, leading songs, teaching skills, giving demonstrations, leading games and helping to prepare the Webelos Scouts in advancement for the troop experience up ahead. This fulfills a requirement for leadership.
(Troop Webelos Resource Person) An assistant Scoutmaster is appointed to be liaison between the troop and the Webelos den. He helps the Webelos den leader plan joint pack and troop activities, including exciting graduation ceremonies. His principal job is to ensure smooth transition of Webelos Scouts into the troop by working closely with the den chief, Webelos den leader and Scoutmaster.
Activity Badge Counselor
This adult is usually a family member of a Webelos Scout and has knowledge in one of the activity badge areas. Recruited by the Webelos den leader or the Webelos den leader coach, this person serves as a den helper at various times of the year. Not to be confused with merit badge counselors in Boy Scouting, activity badge counselors help Webelos Scouts gain self-confidence in dealing with new subjects and adults.
HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE JOINT LEADERS ROUNDTABLES?
The Webelos-to-Scout transition plan calls for a joint roundtable for Webelos den leaders and Boy Scout troop leaders to be held twice a year - one in September or October and one in February.
SUGGESTED JOINT PACK-TROOP HAPPENINGS
The First Things To Do:
Now That Things Are Rolling. . .
Since you're feeling successful, there are some other things you might do:
At the earliest opportunity, get information on "Webelos Woods or Webelos Day (if held in your council) and promote it in the Webelos den.
With the approval of the Webelos den leader, show Time of Your Life, a recruiting video that can be borrowed from the local council service center.
Discuss your progress with the transition plan at commissioner meeting.
When there is no Webelos den leader, visit the pack committee meeting as soon as possible and assist in recruiting a new leader.
On visiting the troop committee, encourage the selection of an assistant Scoutmaster (if not yet selected) to visit and represent the troop at Webelos den meetings.
Make the Webelos den chief aware of his personal responsibility in teaching advancement requirements.
Maintain a written schedule of Arrow of Light presentations and encourage Scoutmasters to attend.
Attend Webelos graduations
Assist the Webelos den chief in attending the earliest den chief conference in the district or council.
Assist the Webelos den leader in the training and recognition of the Webelos den chief.
Remind the Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, and the Webelos den leader about completing their basic training.
Encourage and assist the Webelos den leader, Cubmaster, and Scoutmaster in earning their appropriate training award or key.
ORGANIZATION AND RELATIONSHIPS
After talking with your district executive, contact the unit's charter organization representative and chartered organization head.
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