The Webelos Den
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.
Our Webelos den has been very exciting to watch as the boys change from being squirrely 3rd graders mostly intent on running around and playing to being a patrol that can recognize a goal, the requirements to fulfill the goal, and the ambition to accomplish the goal. The trail to the destination is as rewarding as the destination, but they learn to plan the work and work the plan and enjoy the process. Of course, we did not turn everything over to the boys at the First Webelos Meeting - we gradually give them more tasks to do, such as taking attendance, checking uniforms, leading flag ceremonies, making announcements, preparing snacks, planning Webelos activity badge outings, organizing campouts, and leading entire meetings.
Virtues are good character traits. As Webelos, we will take advantage of opportunities to build these Webelos virtues in ourselves and work towards living the Scout Law.
- Wisdom - I will listen, watch, and learn. I will use what I learn to help others and set a good example.
- Courage - I will lead group activities, go places with my den without a parent, and sleep outside.
- Self-Control - I will be responsible for my actions and not blame others. I will stop playing when it is time to work. I will treat others with respect.
- Justice - I will not lie, cheat, or steal. I will include everyone when I play and I will play fair.
- Faith - I will say Grace before each meal.
- Hope - I will look forward to tomorrow and new adventures.
- Love - I will show love by obeying my parents, helping my friends, and respecting others.
Boy Scout Law
- A Scout is Trustworthy - I will not lie, cheat, or steal. Other scouts will know they can always count on me.
- A Scout is Loyal - I will support the scouts in my den however I can.
- A Scout is Helpful - I will look for people that need help and things that need to be done.
- A Scout is Friendly - I will ask if I can help.
- A Scout is Courteous - I will invite new scouts to play. I will say Please and Thank You when asking and receiving.
- A Scout is Kind - I will say good things to my den mates; never hurtful things.
- A Scout is Obedient - I will follow the directions given by the person leading an activity.
- A Scout is Cheerful - I will look for fun in all situations, even when things don't work out.
- A Scout is Thrifty - I will shop for den snacks with a parent. I will earn and save money for den dues.
- A Scout is Brave - I will try new things, knowing that I will sometimes fail.
- A Scout is Clean - I will wash my hands before all snacks and meals. I will clean up after den activities.
- A Scout is Reverent - I will learn about my religion.