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¥ Be familiar with the Webelos Scout book in presenting activity badge information and certifying advancement.

¥ Help recruit other activity badge counselors.

¥ Lead field trips related to activity badges.

¥ Provide resources and instruction on selected activity badge.

¥ Hold to the time schedule for activity badge instruction.

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¥ Coordinate activities between Webelos dens in the pack.

¥ Coordinate Webelos overnight campouts between Webelos dens in the pack.

¥ Work closely with the troop Webelos resource person.

¥ Plan for pack meeting participation by the different Webelos dens.

¥ Help recruit activity badge counselors.

¥ Aid in training Webelos den leaders and den chiefs.

Suggestions For A Successful Transition

Sign up for and attend your district's next Scoutmastership Fundamentals Training.  The course is not only for Scoutmasters.  Parents, committee members and anyone interested is welcome to attend.  This is a great way to get firsthand knowledge of how a troop works.  You can then take your knowledge back to your Webelos and get them excited.

At every opportunity talk about Boy Scouting.

Take your Webelos camping.  Teach them the basics about fire building, knots, camp tasks, cooking, site selection and camp rules.

Introduce them to service projects.

Show pride in your uniform.

Gradually hand over den leadership to the boys.  Let them learn what it is like to have the added responsibility.

In their second year expose the boys to as many Boy Scout Troops as you have time for.

Create games as a form of learning the Scout oath, law, motto, and slogan.  There is nothing like a little competition to spark boys this age.

If you were a Boy Scout, talk about your adventures and apprehensions.  Show the boys some of your old gear or pictures.

Let the boys talk about their ideas of what Boy Scouting is, their anticipation and their fears.

Overview Of The Boy Scout Program

Like Cub Scouts, a Boy Scout Troop is structured with a chartering organization, a charter representative, a committee, and adult leaders, in the case a Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters.  The boys are divided into patrols, rather than dens, and are boy led.  The Senior Patrol Leader fills the position of the troop's boy leader.

The chartering organization provides a meeting place and helps the troop in any way it can.  The representative acts as liaison between the troop and the sponsor.  The committee insures the troop is following BSA policy, helps conduct boards of review for rank advancement, and considers the troop's means of finance.

The Scoutmaster and his/her assistants carry out the program with the boys and have the closest exposure to the troop as a whole.

The Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) not the Scoutmaster, conducts the troop meetings.  The SPL is an elected position, determined by regularly scheduled elections and voted on by the boys in the troop.  The SPL is not picked by the Scoutmaster or the committee.  Patrol leaders are also elected by the boys within each patrol.  The SPL, his assistants, and the patrol leaders comprise the Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC).  The PLC meets generally once a month to plan and review the troop's progress.  With the assistance of the Scoutmaster the PLC determines the troop's program.

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