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Troop Leaders and Committee Members

The Troop’s Goal:

To help graduate Webelos to a Boy Scout troop no later than March of their 5th grade year by partnering  with Packs. Pack  Locator

Troop Responsibilities

Webelos-To-Scout Coordinator: Mike Pickering

District Membership Chair Philip Martin

A Year-Round Guide to Recruiting 

  • Troops Need to Market Themselves & Partner with Packs.
  • Den chiefs make natural ties to your troop!
  • Investing time & effort in Packs pays big dividends
    • 80% of Boy Scouts come from Packs
  • Boy Scout troops should assign an assistant Scoutmaster or a troop committee member to be responsible for new Scouts,
    • which would include developing a relationship with the Cubmaster and the Webelos den leaders.
    • This person serves as
      • resource during Webelos overnight activities and
      • builds enthusiasm among boys and their parents for the exciting challenges that await them in Boy Scouting.

Trail of Tears District Webelos Transition Plan

The Trail of Tears District  Plan for Webelos-To-Scout Transition

  • How the Plan Helps Leaders
    • For the Webelos Den Leader: It means fulfillment
      • It means direct help with advancement requirements, parent/son overnighters, as well as a pleasant association with the troop.
      • The time spent with a boy is productive as seen in the boy’s desire to continue.
    • To the Cubmaster: It means assurance of
      • A stable Webelos den,
      • More graduations and better ceremonies,
      • Ready access to den chiefs and
      • Pack meetings that feature a lively Webelos den and Boy Scout troop guests.
    • For the Scoutmaster: It means more boys
      • already versed in Boy Scout and Tenderfoot requirements and
      • whose families have been supporting them in pack activities.
  • How the Plan Helps the Boys
    • 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:
      • To give the Webelos Scout a sampling of the troop program, troop leadership, personal advancement, a training and learning experience and an appreciation of troop organization and relationships.
      • It will be the boy’s (and his family’s) decision so we owe it to them to demonstrate some of the fun experiences and to let him know that he is wanted.
    • 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.
      • The boy’s Webelos badge and Arrow of Light Award reach into the requirements bordering on Scouting skills, giving him a view of Scouting advancement.
        • He sees boy leadership at work and senses his own potential as a junior leader.
        • He becomes more confident and enthusiastic about the patrol method, a district camporee, about summer camp, and maybe even a national jamboree.
        • In short, the boy’s desire for troop membership is the result of this gradual change in appetite for troop oriented activities.
  • Joint 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.
      • With the Boy Scout leader roundtable staff serving as the host and with the knowledge of the Cub Scout leaders! roundtable staff, Webelos den leaders are invited to attend and cover major subjects related to pack-troop demonstrations.
      • This serves as a primary opportunity for Webelos den leaders and Scoutmasters to meet and to share mutual program ideas affecting Webelos graduations.
      • The agenda is designed to promote good pack/troop or Webelos den/troop happenings and thereby hold the Webelos Scouts in the program until they reach Boy Scouting age.
      • The participants get an opportunity to share with the group any successes in joint activities and graduation ceremonies.
  • Suggested Joint Troop-Pack Activities
    • Invite the Webelos den to attend a troop court of honor.
    • Invite the Scoutmaster and junior leaders to attend a Webelos den meeting.
    • Share an evening campfire.
    • Jointly, attend religious services on Scout Sunday or Scout Sabbath.
    • Participate in a joint community pack/troop Good Turn.
    • Jointly, do a Good Turn for the chartered organization.
    • Invite the Webelos den to go on a day hike with the Boy Scout troop.
    • Plan joint field-trip activities. Together, plan parties for the den and troop.
    • Ask troop leaders to help with Webelos overnighters.
    • Plan joint den/troop activities – roller skating, bowling, miniature golf, swim parties, etc.
    • Invite the den to attend a troop skilloree (demo scout skills).
    • Conduct a joint overnight camp out.
    • Invite the Webelos den to attend a performance of the Order of the Arrow dance team.
  • 5th Grade Webelos Tracking Form
  • Be sure to see the pack and parent pages for more information that you might find useful in partnering with packs.
  • Here are some Webelos leaders helps that might be useful to troops.