I have been asked to take on a new responsibility in scouts. Instead of serving in the presidency of our ward young men’s organization I will now be working with the Webelos. For those who are not familiar with the cub scout program, the Webelos are the oldest group among the Cub Scouts. This is a chance for me to help prepare the boys who will be joining the scout program. I definitely like the sound of that as I have seen what a difference good preparation before joining the troop can make for the boys and the troop.
From my own cub scout days I have no clear memories of what we did – just a leather “skin” full of awards that I earned. I remember being in Webelos, but anything I knew about the goals of the program have long since abandoned my memory. The first question I asked myself as I start this is, “what is a webelo?” How did they choose that name? I started doing some searching and learning more about the purposes that I will be trying to accomplish. My excitement has continued to grow the more I have learned.
First, WEBELOS means: “WE‘ll BE LOyal Scouts” – knowing this is one of the requirements of getting the first Cub Scout rank – the Bobcat. Hopefully by the time I start working with these boys they will have been learning the basic attitudes of scouting for a couple of years. Webelos is specifically meant to start bridging the gap between cub scouts and boy scouts. In my searching I have found a great resource for Webelos and the rest of the scouting program.