Improved Webelos Transition

Scouting offers a continuous program that becomes progressively more challenging.

Cub Scouting takes place largely in the family.  The Scouts BSA program is designed for boys ages 11 through 17, who are old enough to be on their own in the out-of-doors. While adults serve as key leaders, Scouts hold leadership positions and plan the troop’s program.

The passage from Cub Scout pack to a Scout troop should be smooth, with no time lost in between. By the time Webelos Scouts are ready to cross over, they and their families should be familiar and comfortable with the youth and adult leaders of the troop, their role in the troop and troop activities, and feel excited about beginning this new adventure. The Webelos Scout’s graduation ceremony should clearly signify his transition to a new level of Scouting, and could include the presentation of his Arrow of Light badge, a Scouts BSA Handbook, and a troop neckerchief.

A Webelos Scout who has earned the Arrow of Light rank has now completed all the requirements for the Scout badge and may join a Scout troop.

The key factor to improved Webelos transition is the ongoing working relationship of the leaders of a Cub Scout pack and a Scout troop. Ideally a community organization would have both a pack and a troop with leaders who work together to help move Webelos Scouts into a Scout troop the same way schools move students from elementary school to middle school.

There are a number of ways a pack and troop can work together to enhance the Scouting experience of their Scouts. To help assure maximum transition requires cooperation between the …

Cub Scout Pack

Scouts BSA Troop

Unit Commissioner

District Webelos Transition Chair

The Outcome

By planning and coordinating their efforts, the pack and troop can …

  • Help make the Webelos-to-Scout transition seamless.
  • Give all Webelos Scouts a chance to experience the fun and excitement of joining a Scout troop.