Cub Scout Promise
(name), promise to do my best
To do my duty to God and my country,
help other people, and
To obey the Law of the Pack.
year Webelos Leaders: Chris Ward & Gerald Marney
Year Webelos Leader: Steve Bilzi
We'll Be Loyal
Prepare a Cub Scout to be
a Boy Scout
Webelos is a 20 month program
for 4th and 5th grade boys to prepare to join a Boy Scout troop while learning
outdoors skills and participating in 20 different activity badges. A well-run
group of Webelos is a gradual change from being an 'adult-run' den to being a
'boy-run' patrol ready to fit right into an adventurous scouting troop. This migration
requires the parents and den leaders to give the scouts more and more control,
decision-making power, and responsibility as they progress in skills, abilities,
and maturity. A good program also provides the scouts with many opportunities
to grow in the
The Webelos program has two
major milestones - the
Webelos rank badge to be earned around February of 4th grade and the
Arrow of Light to be earned around February of 5th grade. The final part of
Webelos is bridging over into a Boy Scout troop selected individually by the scout.
Once the goals of Webelos are understood, the methods of the program make
a lot of sense! There are a few major changes between Cub Scouts and Webelos scouts
that are very important to the success of your program. Some adult leaders and
parents find it difficult to adjust to these changes so a Parent
Meeting to discuss expectations and changes from Cub Scouts is critical to
your success. Use parents to plan and lead individual activity badges. The Webelos
den leader will have more paperwork and tracking than the wolf or bear den leader.
Important differences from Cub Scouts to Webelos:
Sign Off - each Webelos scout is supposed to take his handbook to the den
leader or assistant den leader for sign off when a requirement is completed. This
is a change from having a parent sign off every activity. This change prepares
the scout to have a ScoutMaster sign off each advancement requirement in Boy Scouts.
There is more responsibility put on the scout to remember and bring his handbook
to meetings and get it signed.
- Webelos Activity Badges - Bear
and Wolf scouts earned red or yellow progress towards rank beads to string on
a totem. Once enough were earned, they received the rank badge. Webelos moves
closer to the Boy Scout merit badge system with a recognizable pin for each activity
badge earned. Individual scouts may earn different badges at different times and
there are only a couple badges that are mandatory to earn ranks. This change gives
the scout more control over his advancement and lets him choose areas he enjoys
- Camping - Webelos dens should Camp! Cub Scouts can camp as
a pack, but Webelos should go out as a den as much as possible to give the scouts
opportunities to learn and use their Outdoorsman, Naturalist, Forester, and Readyman
skills. Each Webelos scout needs to have an adult responsible for him on each
camping trip. Campouts in the backyard with dinner and s'mores made on a gas grill
can be a great way to ease your scouts into the world of camping. Taking your
den to a district or council organized summer Webelos camp should be a required
part of your program. Most councils have a one or two day overnight camp every
summer for Webelos. A
Packing List is helpful for a short campout.
Tip: Be sure you follow
Rules for Safe Scouting practices on your camping trips.
- a patrol is just another name for the den but it does have some significance.
Boy Scouts are organized into Patrols, each with their own name, flag, yell, leader,
and emblem. As Webelos, a den can begin to operate as a patrol and select an emblem
for their uniform, make up a yell, name, and flag. This can really get the scouts
to become a team. Taking their flag along on a campout or hike and announcing
themselves with their yell is pretty fun.
of the Pack
The Cub Scout follows Akela.
The Cub Scout helps
the pack go.
The pack helps the Cub Scout grow.
The Cub Scout gives