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Ideas from the field: When to hold Webelos Scout ceremonies.

Cubmaster C.S. expresses frustration with parents who want Arrow of Light and crossover ceremonies done by December. He asks for tips on getting them to be patient until the blue and gold banquet.

CHILL, FOLKS It’s great that folks want to get into Boy Scouts, but it’s not about what the parents want. It’s all about the boys. So relax and let them enjoy the last few months of Cub Scouting. The den leader will need additional time to work on activity pins and teach them some of the skills they will need as a Boy Scout.

Pack Committee Chairman C.J. WINCHESTER, VA.

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Light is gener- ally finished around blue and gold. Remember that a Webelos II must be active for six months. You should look at pacing the program. The parents really need to understand that Scouting is a journey. It’s not a race to Eagle.

Cubmaster A.C. PORTLAND, ORE.

PACE AND PLAN In Pack 323, we dedicate half of our January pack show— no one likes meetings—to Arrow of Light. All the boys look forward to the new twist we will put on the presenta- tion. We have blue and gold for our February pack show and make a big deal about the senior Webelos and any Super Achievers. Then we have crossover at a big campout the first weekend

of March. We invite all the troops that boys will cross into—some even camp with us that weekend—and cel- ebrate the Webelos becoming Boy Scouts. By clearly separat- ing the events and integrating them with already planned activities, we have great par- ticipation and anticipation for each unique step to that even- tual crossing of the bridge.

Cubmaster B.G. LAND O’ LAKES, FLA.

DON’T KNOCK DECEMBER Our Webelos II den bridges in December at our pack meeting. At that time, we also do the Arrow of Light ceremony. This gives them time to acclimate to the troop before going to camp in the summer. It works well for us that they get both at the same time.

Assistant District Comm. H.C. BEDFORD, PA.

WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT You might ask the parents what the rush is. It might be they simply want the boys to bridge earlier to have more time to become comfortable with the troop before they go to summer camp for the first time. It could be the Scouts

are bored with the Cub Scout program, and Scouting will lose them. Address this by improving your program and encouraging proactive feed- back. If this is a case of the parents pushing their sons to advance as rapidly as possible, explain that Scouting is more about having fun and becom- ing a strong, independent young man than about col- lecting patches.

Cubmaster A.S. LAKE HIAWATHA, N.J.

IT’S NOT (JUST) ABOUT YOU Remind your Webelos II leaders and parents about the importance of the blue and gold ceremony for your other Scouts and the need for those Webelos to demonstrate lead- ership to the younger Scouts. You need that Arrow of Light/ crossover ceremony to give the remaining Scouts in your pack something to look forward to.

Cubmaster T.T. MACKINAW, ILL.

WHEN IT’S TIME TO GO Webelos lasts 18 months max, not until blue and gold or anything else special. You need—no, you should be required—to get those kids


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