Baltimore Area Council
Although Webelos Scouts are still part of Cub Scouting,
with the same purposes, it is a transitional program. It is moving the boys
from a family based program in which the parents approve
work. to a unit
leader led program where the Webelos Den leader must approve advancement. It
is a transition from the simpler Cub Scouting program and ideals to the more
challenging program of Boy Scouting and the more complex ideals of the Scout
Oath and Law
Webelos Den Leaders have
Provide every Webelos Scout the opportunity to earn his Arrow
Successfully lead the boys to a positive Boy Scouting
Keep in mind that you do not have to do it all
yourself. There are plenty of Scouters who are willing to help. In addition,
there is a wealth of community resources, publications and teaching aides to
help you succeed despite your limited time and lack of background in some
areas. Using these people and materials will not only enrich the program for
the boys, but increase your enjoyment of it as well.
As a Webelos leader, this
may be your first exposure to dealing with several boys in this age group.
You may feel intimidated or even frightened. If you are in either of these
groups you are not alone. Many new leaders feel the same way. As nine and
ten year olds, a group of boys can be a challenge, but they are also a lot
of fun. The Webelos program allows boys of this age group to stretch
themselves, be challenged and have fun.
Nine year old boys are
very inquisitive by nature and want to be challenged. The program you
provide should fill their needs, yet not be so difficult as to discourage
them. Exposure to skills does not necessarily mean mastery of skills, just a
challenge, a learning experience and fun. Some boys this age have a terrible
time with skills. The desire is there, but ability may not be. Remember, any
real effort on their part is the challenge and even the reward. At this age
a boy needs a compliment for a job done to the best of his ability.
At nine. boys can be
unpredictable. One week they love the current activity. The next week the
same activity bores them. The key is to keep them busy, and to keep all the
boys involved. Have the bored boy show the others or you how he is doing his
project or skill. Two-deep leadership is an important factor here. Two
adults helping and guiding works well.
The ten year old is
generally more mature than he was in his first year in your Den. His
self-control is greater. His willingness and ability to lead is better. His
strength and self-confidence are higher. The poking, teasing and silliness
generally decreases. The unit becomes stronger as a result. As this happens
you as their leader should hand over more of the Den responsibilities to the
boys. 'Faking roll, collecting dues, deciding which activity pins to work
on, Den activities planning. etc. that may have been done with you in their
first year should now become the responsibility of the boys.
As you reflect back on the
Webelos years, you will find that the boys have undergone a change much
greater than you ever imagined possible.
Webelos Den leaders and
assistants should complete their district's New Leader Essentials, if they
haven't already taken it, and the Leader Specific Training for Webelos
Leaders. An outdoor skills training, sometimes known as WLOT or OWL
training. would also be helpful. They should also attend their district's
monthly Roundtables and Council Pow Wow. By participating in these
activities you as a leader will be better prepared to offer a quality
program to the boys.
Fifth grade Webelos
leaders and assistants are encouraged to attend the Boy Scout Leader
Training before they start the second year. In this way, the leaders will
better understand the Boy Scout program and will be able to adapt their
meeting and activities in the final stages of this transitional program.
The Webelos Den does not
operate with the recommended monthly themes. Instead, it uses a monthly
activity badge focus. Part of each month's activity badge program should
include something to do at the Pack meeting. The Webelos Den remains an
integral part of the Pack and should have a part in each Pack meeting.
The mission of the Webelos
program is to provide activities, which are fun for boys and meet their
needs, interests, desires, and contribute to their growth. The goal of the
Webelos Den is to hold a boy in the Cub Scout Pack and to graduate him into
a troop. That is why the quality of the program is so important.
involve the boys in
program planning. They need to learn leadership, and will surprise you with
their ideas. Get them involved in setting a code of discipline for the
Leadership is learned and
developed. You can become an effective Webelos Leader if you will prepare
yourself and take the time to learn. Remember to be flexible in your
planning. There is a great deal of satisfaction in helping boys along the
way to manhood.
The Two-Year Webelos
The Webelos program is
structured as a two-year program for 4th and 5th grade boys (Actually. with
the second year Webelos bridging into Boy Scouts in the Spring, it's more of
a 18-20 month program). While the two-year program is not optional, the way
it is administered can be varied to accommodate the circumstances for each
Pack. There will be two main ways of running the program. The first is
having separate first and second year Dens. The second is to have a Den with
a mixture of first and second year boys.
The activity badges are
broken down into recommended 4th and 5th grade levels. Checkout the Cub
Scout Program Helps or your Webelos Leader Book to see which badges are
recommended for each month of each Webelos year
In general, Dens should
work to allow first year boys to concentrate on the Webelos rank and the
activity badges necessary to achieve it, while the second year Den should
concentrate on the Arrow of Light and moving into Boy Scouting. The Fitness
and Citizen activity badges are required for the Webelos rank and
Outdoorsman and Readyman are required for Arrow of Light.
Parent involvement is key
to a good program and makes your job as a Webelos Den leader more
manageable. Take advantage of the special skills and interests that your
parents have. Some parents like to camp, some are good at woodworking, some
are familiar with nature, or maybe they are engineers or geologists. All of
these are important activities within the Webelos program. Ask a parent for
help other than transportation or snacks.
Communication is the key
to getting parents involved and keeping them there. Provide them with a
monthly calendar. Hold an annual or bi-annual parent meeting. They need to
be told how the Webelos program is different from the Cub program and how
they can be involved. Give them support and encouragement.
Remember to use your Resources and KISMIF!
Baltimore Area Council
This is a good badge to
start the boy on when he joins the Den. The written requirements and
readings may be done at home with parents. This continues the importance of
parents involvement in the Webelos Den.
This badge is also of
interest to the leader, because he can learn much about his boys from their
writings on what is meant by "all men are created equal" and on the Star
Spangled Banner. The leader should keep in mind that all boys are different,
so they will have different ideas and opinions on this badge. Each boy's
"BEST" should be judged individually.
A lot will depend on how
well informed and enthusiastic the Webelos leader is, and how he presents
the badge to the boys. This badge can be fun, or it can be just '`another
piece of paper to write." It's up to you.
requirements of badge with boys. Decide on a good turn for school, church or
community and plan how to carry it out. Boys make logbooks to record their
work on the badge.
· Plan a
special good turn for the next Pack meeting; such as setting up chairs,
ushering, clean-up, etc.
· Visit a
local government agency. Find out how it works, what service it provides,
how it affects boys and their families.
campaign against litter is a "must" for good citizenship. Discuss how your
Den can carry on such a campaign.. and do it. This could include making
posters for display. litter clean-up, making litter bags, etc.
the various organizations in your community, which help people. How are they
financed and run? Do they use volunteer help? Visit one of these
ways boys can be good citizens. Let them make lists of things they will try
to do regularly.
Your Duties as a Citizen
If you are going to have rights as a citizen and you
want to keep them, then you also have certain duties to uphold. Your duties
as a citizen are:
ü Obey the
ü Respect the
rights of others
informed on issues of National and local government
ü To vote in
ü To assist
the agencies of law enforcement
ü To practice
and teach good citizenship in your home Some qualities of a good citizen:
• Obeys the laws wherever he is
the rights of others
ü Is fair and
ü Tries to
make community a better place to live
about leaders of nation, state, community
rules of health and safety
ü Is honest
patriotic and loyal
Great Documents Quiz
How much do you know about two of the greatest
documents ever written: the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution
of the United States?
The first words of the Declaration of Independence are:
a) "We hold these
truths to be self evident..."'
b) "We, the
People of the United States..."
c) "When in the
course of human events..."
d) "Four score
and seven years ago...""
The first draft of the Declaration of Independence was written by:
a) John Hancock
The Constitution of the United States was signed in What year?
What is the minimum age for a President of the United States, and in what
document is this stated'?
Which amendment to the Constitution provided for the abolition of slavery'?
A Senator serves a term of:
a) Six years
b) Four years
c) Two years
d) Light years
What is the maximum number of years a President may serve?
Which amendment to the Constitution guarantees freedom of speech:
What legislative body has the sole power to impeach a President?
1-c, 2-d, 3-c, 4-Age 35. as
stated in the Constitution, 5-b, 6-a, 7-Ten years (two terms plus the
remainder of a predecessor's term if 2 years or less), 8-b, 9-House of
Mark the best ending for each sentence.
1. If you meet the president, you call him:
a) your highness
b) your Excellency
c) Mr. President
2. The president
and his family live in:
a) Blair House
b) the White House
c) the suburbs
3. The first
president to live in the White House was:
a) John Adams
b) George Washington
c) "Thomas Jefferson
4. We celebrate the birthdays of two presidents in February they are:
a) Washington and Lincoln
b) Jefferson and Adams
c) T. Roosevelt and F. D.
5. During the War of 1812, when Madison was President, a famous song
was written. It is called:
a)The Battle Hymn of the
b) God Bless America
c) The Star Spangled Banner
6. The only man to
be elected president four times was:
a) Abraham Lincoln
b) Franklin Delano Roosevelt
c) Ulysses S. Grant
7. The two big
political parties today are called:
a) the Republicans and the
b) the Federalists and Whigs
c) the Conservatives and the
8. The law says
Presidential elections must be held on:
a) the first Monday in
b) the first Tuesday in
c) Halloween .
9. The parties
pick their presidential candidates in:
a) presidential primaries
b) national nominating
c) by secret vote
10. If a president
dies in office the next president is:
a) the vice president
b) elected by the people
c) the oldest senator
elections are held every:
a) two years
b) four years
c) six years
12. If you want to run
for president you should:
a) go jogging
b) take a nap
c) make speeches
13. The United States
is made up of:
a) 50 states
b) 48 states
c) 46 states
presidents have studied:
b} the stars
c) the law
15. The presidents
wife is called:
a) the queen
b) the first lady
c) Mrs. President
1-c, 2-b, 3-a, 4-a, 5-c,
6-b, 7-a, 8-b, 9-b, 10-a, 11-b, 12-c, 13-a, 14-c, 15-b
Equipment: One current newspaper per team. Put
teams in corners, each with the same day's issue of a newspaper. On signal,
teams begin a search for news items that definitely illustrate the Scout
Law. Items are cut out and numbered according to the point of the Law. Team
with most clippings wins. (Team leaders distribute pages among his team
Using a copy of the Declaration of Independence, Bill
of Rights or the Gettysburg Address; make a wall plaque by mounting one of
these on 1/4" plywood shaped into the design of a scroll. Make your scroll
slightly larger than your copy. Finish plywood by sanding, staining a
natural color and varnishing or leave the wood grain and color show through
by eliminating stain and just varnish.
Circle Ten Council
One of the purposes of Cub Scouting is "Developing
habits and attitudes of good citizenship". A Scout promises to do his duty
to his country. The Citizen Activity Badge helps the WEBELOS understand what
a good citizen is and teaches him the history of our flag. Citizen Activity
Badge is in the Community group.
To foster citizenship in
WEBELOS Scouts. To teach boys to recognize the qualities of a good citizen.
To introduce boys to the structure of the U.S. government. To familiarize
boys with basics of American history. To convince boys that laws are
beneficial. To encourage WEBELOS Scouts to become community volunteers.
Where to go and what to do
Invite a guest speaker from a local board to
explain his duties and tell the WEBELOS Scouts why he volunteers his time.
Buy a packet of used U.S. commemorative stamps.
Distribute several to the WEBELOS Scouts and challenge them to discover the
"story behind the stamp". At the following meeting allow each boy ample time
to describe his stamps and their significance.
Attend a local city council meeting.
Do a Good Turn by conducting a litter pickup
Have each WEBELOS Scout write a letter to his
Senator or Congressman to express an opinion on an issue. It would be
especially interesting if two WEBELOS Scouts wrote an opinion about opposite
sides of the same issue. See what responses you receive.
Encourage WEBELOS Scouts to fly a flag at home
particularly on appropriate flag holidays.
Arrange for the WEBELOS den to do a community
Give some of the toys the WEBELOS Scouts may
have made as part of the Craftsman badge to needy children. Use Craftsman
skills to repair and refurbish toys for the same purpose.
Give a holiday party for children or adults in
a residential situation. Plan games, songs, small gifts, party favors, and
Participate in the Food Drive in the fall to
stock good pantries for needy families
Collect toilet articles and used clothing for
Salvage used books to be sold at the public
library or to be used to set up libraries for children or adults in a
Read to someone who cannot see.
Provide snow shoveling, yard care, errand
service, or other aid to an elderly person or couple in your neighborhood.
NEWSPAPER STUDY GAME
for dens or small groups
Equipment: One current newspaper per den
Teams gather in groups, each with the same
day's issue of a newspaper. On signal, teams start a search for news items
that definitely illustrate the 12 points of the Scout Law. Items are cut out
and numbered according to the point of the law. Team with the most clippings
in a given time wins.
Strategy Tip: Team leaders should distribute
pages among his team members instead of everyone grabbing for papers.
CITIZEN SCAVENGER HUNT
Most government buildings offer a tour of some sort and
you might be able to combine the tour with the following scavenger hunt.
Divide the den into two or three teams and give the boys a reasonable time
limit. Have them locate answers to questions like these:
What is the mayor's middle initial and what does the initial stand for?
Bring back a piece of stationery showing our town's logo or crest.
Draw a picture of our state flag.
On what floor of City Hall can you find _______________?
Who runs the Water Works Department and what does that department do?
Where does the City Council meet?
What's on the top floor of the City Hall building?
What is the full name of the governor of the state?
Get a brochure about trash pick up service.
Who takes care of snow removal/tree removal from city streets and what is
DO YOU KNOW YOUR FLAG?
When the Stars and Stripes first became our
national flag, no one was sure just what the design of the flag should be.
Since the time of that first flag, official descriptions of the national
colors have been very careful and clear. Not only is the design of the flag
carefully described today, but there are many special rules for displaying
it. The following questions are based on the universal flag code of the
United States. See how many you and your WEBELOS den can answer correctly.
Some of these questions are tricky.
The flag is raised (a) slowly; (b) briskly; (c)
at any speed that is comfortable.
If you carry the flag in a parade and passed
before the President of the United States, you would dip the flag slightly
in salute to the President as you walked past him. True or False?
The flag must never be lowered no matter how
bad the weather conditions. True or False?
The flag is never allowed to fly after daylight
hours anywhere in the world. True or False?
When the flag is carried in a procession or on
other occasions, it is escorted by an honor guard. True or False?
The flag's honor guard walks (a) on the flag's
right; (b) just behind the flag; (c) on both sides of the flag.
If you are a Cub Scout, WEBELOS Scout, Boy
Scout, or Explorer, you always give the Cub Scout, or Explorer salute to the
flag even when you are not in uniform. True or False?
When you carry the flag in a parade with other
flags, the U. S. flag must go on the left of and in line with the other
flags. True or False?
(b) briskly - it's a happy occasion!
False. The flag is never dipped to anyone..
False. The flag is not flown in bad weather.
False. Although it is the custom to display the
flag only from sunrise to sunset, there is no law prohibiting its being
flown both day and night.
(c) on both sides of the flag.
False. When you are in civilian clothes, you
remove your hat and place your hand over your heart when the flag passes
False. It is carried at the right of the other
flags or at the front and center of a line of other flags.