It has been that time for a while for my son, Elliot to figure out what Troop he wants to go to. Quite frankly, he is the only Webelos II to really get started, from what I can tell. He has only started, along with one fellow buddy, because I behind it. While I want to say that I am not pushing him, I am. It’s been a goal of mine to look at other Troops than the one the Pack has historically gone to since Elliot joined the Pack in 2008. I got that vision/goal when I went to Roundtable and met the District Chair. He welcomed me, asked name, rank and Unit that I was from. He then went on to tell me about visiting at least three Troops. I took that to heart.
I wrote another posting about this topic in July 2012. Not much has changed since that posting or my feelings on the subject. However, now Crossover is April 6, 2013. And here is my frustration. It could be just District related or maybe it’s the same within any Pack and Troop.
Because the Pack has historically gone to two Troops, we do not get asked, invited, offered or even considered for Webelos Recruitment. I get notices from a fellow Cubmaster who I would have only have met because of the Cubscout Roundtable and Roundtable. He has turned into a great friend. (Note: GO TO ROUNDTABLE! It helps with everything!) While I am the Training Chair for the District, I recently gathered a lot of contact info from all the Packs, Troops, Teams, Crews and presented it at a Roundtable that only One Troop and One other Pack came. The one that came I had not seen before. I withheld the info from the District until after Roundtable because I wanted them to show up. Our District does not have a Membership Chair let along a Webelos to Scout Transition Chair, hence my taking this on. I highly suspect that in my next role within the District, that I will be in the Membership role of Webelos to Scouts Transition.
If you’re looking for a Troop and your son is NOT in Cubscouts, using BeaScout.org is a good thing. More than likely a call to the Council will happen. Hopefully somehow you get connected to a Troop. Many District websites has a page with a list of all the Scout Units. Our District does not. However, that is another reason I put this information together. However, if you’re a Webelos Den Leader and/or parent, beascout.org is not really want you want. You need to have communications between Packs & Troops. Yes, that means even if a Scoutmaster needs to “Cold Call” a Cubmaster or Webelos Den Leader to get info, that should happen. It is part of the job of the Cubmaster to also find this information and give it to Webelos Den Leaders and Parents.
Knowing about a Troop is essential to make sure your son and his friends get to the right Troop. Also, they need to know if the Troop isn’t right after they join that they can transfer. It’s $1 and a Transfer form. Not another Application!
So, how do you pick a Troop? In order to not reinvent the wheel, I Googled “How to pick a Troop” and got these good websites.
My last piece of advice is to start early and start looking for a Troop. Ask your son what he wants and likes. Do not assume. There are many fine Troops right in our area and I would have no problem sending my son to them. However, their program might not be the one for him. The goal of this is to have the Webelos II crossover into Boy Scouts and continue their Journey in Scouting. It is then up to the Scout to continue on.