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Webelos to Scout Transition. BSA Mission Statement To prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime by instilling in them.

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1 Webelos to Scout Transition

2 BSA Mission Statement To prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

3 The Boy Scout Oath On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight The Cub Scout Promise I promise to do my best, To do my duty to God and my country, To help other people, and To obey the Law of the Pack

4 The Scout Law A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent. The Cub Scout Law The Cub Scout follows Akela. The Cub Scout helps the pack go. The pack helps the Cub Scout grow. The Cub Scout gives goodwill.

5 10 Purposes of Cub Scouting  Character development  Spiritual growth  Good citizenship  Sportsmanship and fitness  Family understanding  Respectful relationships  Personal achievement  Friendly service  Fun and adventure  Preparation for Boy Scouting Purposes map to points of Scout Oath and Law

6 Webelos Program  Boys are preparing for Boy Scouts  Activity Badges earned in den setting  Webelos Leader Guide—fantastic resource  Use parent resources for activity badges  Webelos 1 - goal is Webelos Badge and Compass Points  Webelos 2 - goal is Arrow of Light and transition into Boy Scouts

7 Arrow Of Light  The “Eagle” of Cub Scouting  This rank merits a special ceremony  Once the Webelos Badge is earned, the scout can begin work on the Arrow of Light Badge  This is one of only two Cub Scout awards that may be worn into Boy Scouting--the other is the Religious Emblem

8 Arrow Of Light Requirements 1. Be active in the Webelos den for at least six months, and earn the Webelos badge 2. Show knowledge of the requirements to become a Boy Scout :  Repeat from memory and explain the Scout Oath or Promise and the 12 points of the Scout Law. Tell how they have practiced them in everyday life  Give and explain the Scout motto, slogan, sign, salute and handshake  Understand the significance of the First Class Scout badge. Describe its parts and tell what each stands for.  Tell how a Boy Scout uniform is different from a Webelos Scout uniform  Tie the joining knot (square knot)

9 Arrow Of Light Requirements (cont) 3. Earn five more activity badges in addition to the three earned for the Webelos badge.  Must include Fitness, Citizen, Readyman, Outdoorsman, at least one from Mental Skllls and Technology groups, and one of his choice. 4. With the Webelos den, visit a Boy Scout troop meeting and a Boy Scout-oriented outdoor activity. 5. Participate in a Webelos overnight campout or day hike. 6. Arrange to visit, with parent or guardian, a meeting of a Boy Scout troop the boy thinks he might like to join. Have a conference with the Scoutmaster. 7. Complete the Honesty Character Connection.

10 Webelos to Scout Transition  Webelos and Arrow of Light are not an ‘end’ in Scouting  The Scout is now ready to join the Boy Scout Troop  Cub Leaders should encourage Webelos to visit nearby troop to find a good “fit”  Webelos Leaders should plan many outings with Boy Scout Troops so the boys have a sense of continuation in scouting

11 A successful transition involves…. Cubmasters Develop relationships with Scoutmasters Coordinate activities with troops Work with Troops to secure Den Chiefs Work with Troop leaders to plan overnight camps and other activities Scoutmasters Develop relationships with Cub Leaders Select Den Chiefs Offer equipment assistance to Webelos Conduct Webelos orientation meetings/campouts Provides Troop Activity calendar to each Webelo

12 A successful transition involves…. Commissioners Facilitates good relationships between Packs and Troops Through the Pack leadership, encourages each Webelo to fill out Boy Scout Application Promote ‘First Class in the First Year’ program Work with Troop leaders to plan overnight camps and other activities District Webelos Transition Coordinator Work with Packs to identify fifth-grade scouts Coach Pack and Troop leadership on transition process Reporting to Membership and District Committee Work with Commissioner staff to follow-up on Scouts who don’t join a troop Goal is 100% Webelos transition

13 First Class in the First Year Why this is important…. Facilitates the Webelos to Boy Scout conversion activity. Teaches new Scouts the skills needed to function as a patrol during a weekend camping trip. Provides a model for new Scout patrols to follow when planning for future camping trips. Many ‘cool’ activities depend on age and / or rank Age 13 or 14 First Class Rank Boys who are not challenged / engaged in activities are more likely to drop in the first year.

14  'Scout' rank is the first advancement earned: 1. Meet the age requirement of fifth grade or 11 years old, or have earned the Arrow of Light 2. Complete a Boy Scout application RequirementArrow of LightScout Rank Pledge of AllegianceYes Scout sign, salute, handshakeYes Square knot (joining knot)Yes Scout Oath, Law, motto, slogan and Outdoor Code Yes Describe Scout badgeYes Pamphlet GuideYes Scoutmaster’s ConferenceNoYes First Class in the First Year

15 Webelos SkillsTenderfoot2 nd Class1 st Class Proper dress / gear for activityXXX Camping / proper tent setupXXX Camp CookingXXX Citizenship / American Flag handlingXXX Fuse rope, knot tyingXXX Scout Oath, Law, motto, slogan, Outdoor Code X Hiking / hiking safety / swimming safety XXX Physical Fitness testsX Plant / animal identificationXXX First AidXXX Ax / knife safetyX

16 Activity Badges vs. Merit Badges Activity BadgeMerit Badge AquanautSwimming, Lifesaving ArtistArt, Graphic Arts AthleteAthletics CitizenCommunity, Nation, World CommunicatorCommunications CraftsmanWood Carving, Woodwork EngineerEngineering Family MemberFamily Life FitnessPersonal Fitness ForesterForestry Activity BadgeMerit Badge GeologistGeology HandymanHome Repair, Electricity NaturalistNature OutdoorsmanCamping, Hiking ReadymanFirst Aid ScholarScholarship ScientistNuclear Science, Space Exploration, Weather ShowmanMusic, Theater SportsmanCycling, Golf, Sports TravelerAviation, Railroading

17 Keys to a successful transition Engage with your Cub Packs Webelos Coordinator Den Chiefs Activity Calendar to each prospective scout ‘First Class in the First Year ’ Key to retention Webelos Leader Training Train for your position Baloo / Web Outdoor Training Complete required activity badges early in Web 1 year Fitness, Citizen, Readyman, Outdoorsman Engage with your Boy Scout Troops Not just ‘feeder’ troops Webelos are the ‘lifeblood’ of every troop! Partner with the Scoutmaster Get the boys outdoors !

18 First Class in the First Year Introduce bridging to Boy Scouts in Web 1 Strong connection in Web 2 Late August Letters to Cubmasters & Webelos Parents & Leaders Plan Joint Activities October Visit Troops –’Shop for best price’ November Parent / Webelos Leader Introduction Troop Activity / Overnighter

19 First Class in the First Year January Letters to Webelos Parents Transition Process / Dates / Requirements February Blue & Gold / Crossover Ceremony Create New Scout Patrol Assign Experienced ASMs and Guides March – April Teach Scout Skills Tenderfoot/Second Class Camping Weekends

20 First Class in the First Year June / July Summer Camp – a ‘must do’ experience for youth September - February Target First Class Additional Skills Training Additional Camping

21 BSA Mission Statement To prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

22 Questions ? Gary Brueningsen


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