It’s that time of year again folks – Webelos transition time! This year, due to some changes in how our Council does re-chartering, things will be a little different (and in my opinion, better) for the Webelos who are planning on crossing over.
First of all, all Troops in our area only chartered for 11 months last year. This makes us have to re-charter by the end of January. All the Packs in our area re-chartered for 13 months, meaning they have until the end of March now before they have to re-charter. What this means for Scouts who want to cross over at the end of February is they will only need to pay the $1 transfer fee to join the Troop until the end of the following January. Not a bad deal, huh? I hope that it makes it a bit of a no-brainer when it comes to any fiscal decision whether to join the Troop or not. A great idea from one of our newer DE’s who ‘borrowed’ the idea from his former Council.
Of course, our Troop just recently held our annual ‘Transition Night’ meeting. The Scouts plan for an outdoor activity for the Webelos (which I believe helps them earn one of the requirements for their Arrow of Light). This year, the Scouts planned a campfire demo outside the church and then brought in s’mores and banana boats to make as well. Scouts get to demo the proper way to light a fire using the EDGE method – and in the end all are rewarded with yummy goodness. There was also question and answer time, but I’m not sure how many questions were actually asked. Everyone had fun, to be sure!
While the Scouts and Webelos were outside – it was time for the potential new parents to get their time with the adult leadership of the Troop. Our Committee Chair, one of our Committee Members, our ASM and myself briefly discussed the differences between Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts to them. They had lots of good questions, and we tried to make everyone comfortable with how we wind up doing things. We passed out our Troop calendar, behavior contract, info for summer camp, and the transfer form to transfer to the Troop. We of course talked about how important it was for them as parents to help the Troop by either serving on the Committee, or becoming an Assistant Scoutmaster – or just helping out when the can. I’ll talk more on this soon.
Sadly, we’ve only had one Den Chief up to this point. I’m hoping to get a few more this year, but I’ve found with such a small group of boys in the Troop at this point, it’s tough to find anyone wiling to do it. I’ll keep trying, though as I know it’s an important link between the Pack and the Troop that we are missing at this point.
We have a potential of having 9 new Scouts in a month. I’m very excited and hopeful that they will all cross over and become Boy Scouts. I think we have a solid foundation laid for them, and some great Scouts to lead them!
What do you do for crossover time? Do you have something like what our unit does, or something completely different? I’d love to hear what you do!