Cub Scout Pack 1776

Transitioning to Boy Scout

Dear Webelos II Parents,

Bridging to Boy Scout is exciting and a big milestone! However, with so many troops in our area, the process of finding the right one can be overwhelming. Here are some tips:

In October, our District will host a Roundtable and invite all the Meridian District Boy Scout troops to have an information table. Do attend! It’s a rare opportunity to speak to all of them under a single roof and start narrowing down your selections.

Once you have your top picks, visit the troops. Attend a few different ones to get a feel for their differences. If you and your son are not sure, go back again and again. Sometimes visiting a troop during non-recruitment meetings can help you decide.

When interviewing a troop, here are some questions to consider:

  1. When and where does the troop meet? If it doesn’t work for your schedule or it’s too far, think carefully. Boy Scout troops meet weekly and often depart from the same location for outings. If you can’t easily get your son to his meetings, it can become a problem down the road.
  2. Is there a diversity of ranks throughout the troop? A troop with all low-ranking scouts means there’s holes in youth leadership, or they’re having trouble retaining older scouts. Conversely, all Life and Eagle Scouts means the boys will soon graduate and disappear on you.
  3. A good troop should be scout-led with sufficient adult supervision and support. Look behind the scenes; does the troop have a strong committee with all the adult and scout leadership positions filled? Who’s actually leading the meetings and activities? Hopefully the scouts!
  4. Do the adult leaders have their training, and are they attending District meetings? All troops need leaders proficient in scouting skills. If not, it’s a warning sign.
  5. Does the troop have an active calendar with frequent camping and outings? The activities are not only fun, they’re needed for your scout to complete his requirements and advance. Check the calendar; most likely, if it’s not published, it doesn’t exist.
  6. After narrowing down to a few troops, take your son to visit them. Did you both feel welcomed? Were the scouts engaged and doing something interesting, or were they disorganized and bored?
  7. How does your son feel? Choose the troop together. Your son might have a few good friends in a troop, which can make all the difference in keeping him motivated.
  8. Don’t miss your deadline! The popular troops fill quickly. If you’re worried about getting into a troop, try submitting a letter along with your application. Mention all the wonderful things you and your son have done in Pack 1776 (like outings and leading Dens & Pack activities) and what you’re willing to do to help support your new Troop. Show that you’re serious about scouting by submitting your application along with your Youth Protection Training document. It can greatly boost your son’s chance of getting in.