Buffalo Trace Council 

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Webelos-to-Scouts Transition

“Webelos” stands for “We’ll Be Loyal Scouts.” As Webelos near the end of the Cub Scout trail, it’s time for them to embrace that pledge and prepare for the next leg of the journey: Scouts BSA.

Webelos and their families should be familiar and comfortable with the youth and adult leaders of the Scouts BSA troop, their role in the troop and troop activities, and feel excited about beginning this new adventure. The passage from a pack to a troop should be smooth, with no time lost in between. The crossover ceremony should clearly signify the transition to a new level of Scouting. It could include the presentation of the Arrow of Light badge, a Scouts BSA Handbook, and a troop neckerchief.

Questions to ask when looking for a troop.

  1. Does my Scout feel comfortable in this troop?

  2. When does the troop meet? How frequently?

  3. How often do you go camping?

  4. Do you attend Council events?

  5. What are some of your troop’s core/signature events?

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More Questions

  1. Is the troop youth-led?

  2. Does your troop participate in high-adventure trips?

  3. What other activities are your Scouts involved in?

  4. How are activities funded?

  5. Are service projects a priority?

  6. At what pace do Scouts advance in rank?

  7. Has the troop achieved Journey to Excellence bronze, silver or gold status?

  8. Are youth and adult leaders trained?

  9. How big is the troop? How many patrols?

  10. How are Scouts with special needs welcomed?