We are having another Webelos den meeting next week. Blue and Gold banquet is getting close and our goal is for all of my den to complete the requirements for their Webelos badge by then. So we are going to do a craftsman project and try to finish up most of the requirements for the Webelos badge. Instead of giving you a typical den meeting plan, I am going to list the badge requirements below and explain what we are doing for each one.
Webelos Badge Requirements
Requirement 1. Have an adult member of your family read the Webelos Scout Parent Guide that comes with your Webelos book and sign your Webelos book.
For this one, I just remind the parents that they have to tell me when they have completed this requirements with their sons. Normally I have the Webelos tell me when they have completed a requirement, but this one I like to hear from the parents. If we get closer to the Blue and Gold date and some of them still haven’t done it, I’ll make some phone calls and tell them it is important. It only takes a few minutes to sit down and do it.
Requirement 2. Be an active member of your Webelos den for 3 months (Active means having good attendance, paying den dues, working on den projects).
This seems to leave a lot open to interpretation by the den leader. Most of my guys come to almost every meeting. I have one who is a little less regular, but he has probably been there at least half of the time, so I’m going to count it.
Requirement 3. Know and explain the meaning of the Webelos badge.
This one is easy. We’ll just go through the little bit of information in the Webelos handbook.
Requirement 4. Point out the three special parts of the Webelos Scout uniform. Tell when to wear the uniform and when not to wear it.
This one is also pretty easy. We just take a look at the uniform. I like to go through some of the non-Webelos specific parts also, like the World Scout emblem
Requirement 5. Earn the Fitness and Citizen activity badges and one other activity badge from a different activity group .
This is very straightforward. Either they have completed the badges or they haven’t. Three of my guys still have a little work to do here. They either missed one of the meetings where we covered part of these badges or they did not do some of the requirements which had to be completed on their own (ie recording the chores they did for a week for the Citizenship belt loop.) I’ve been reminding them at the beginning of each meeting, but it might be time for me to send some information to their parents and see if they can give them a nudge to finish these up over the holidays.
Requirement 6. Plan and lead a flag ceremony in your den that includes the U.S. flag.
We’ve been working on this at den meetings since they started Webelos. At this point, each of them has been able to plan and lead at least one flag ceremony.
Requirement 7. Show that you know and understand the requirements to be a Boy Scout. Demonstrate the Scout salute, Scout sign, and Scout handshake. Explain when you would use them. Explain the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout motto, and Scout slogan. Explain and agree to follow the Outdoor Code.
This is what Den Chiefs are for! My Den Chiefs will go over this material with them. There is a good amount to cover, so I’ll plan a fair amount of the meeting to cover this – maybe 25 minutes or so. We will do the Boy Scout Basics Crossword Puzzle as a gathering activity.
Requirement 8. Faith Character Connection and either earn the religious emblem of your faith OR do the alternate requirements listed in the Webelos handbook
My Webelos all started on their Parvuli Dei emblem in August. I don’t know if they will finish it or not. This is a family program, so it has to be done at home, not in the den. So I have no control over this at all! If they don’t finish it, they can do the alternate requirements, which aren’t really that difficult. We will do the Faith Character connection at one of our January den meetings.
So that is my plan. We still have over a month before Blue and Gold so there is no reason they can’t all finish up. So at this meeting, we have to cover the meaning of the Webelos badge, the Webelos uniform, and the Boy Scout information. We’ll probably have time to do a simple Craftsman project also. I think I’ll do Tin Can Lanterns . I haven’t done those with this den yet.