BSA provides den meeting plans for den leaders on the Scouting.org website. Today, I am going to go through the first Webelos plan. If you don’t already have the BSA den meeting plans, download BSA Webelos Den Meeting Plan 1 to follow along with this article.
The BSA meeting plans are designed to be done in order. This plan covers Bobcat and part of the Fitness and Athlete activity badges. If you don’t have any new Cub Scouts in your den, then nobody needs to earn Bobcat, but it doesn’t hurt to review the material anyway.
I’ve been pretty enthusiastic about the BSA meeting plans I have reviewed up to this point. But I have to admit, I look at this plan and wonder “How long is this meeting”? I did Fitness and Athlete in two separate meetings. (See my earlier posts, Athlete Den Meeting Plan and Fitness Den Meeting Plan.) Maybe it’s just because my guys really get into the discussions though. If you can fit all of this into one meeting, more power to you.
Much of Fitness must be done at home with the parent, but we discussed in the meeting also because it is such an important topic. Sometimes the parents don’t take much time with the kids when they work on it at home. From talking with some of the Scouts, I get the impression that it goes something like this:
- Parent: Do you know this stuff?
- Scout: Yes.
- Parent: OK. Let me sign your book. Done!
I’m not putting the parents down for that. They are busy and Cub Scout advancement might not be high on their priority list. But since Fitness is one of the badges required for the Webelos badge, I like to make sure they really understand the material.
Now, some notes on the plan. The links provide additional helps for the items.
BSA Webelos Den Meeting 1 – Athlete and Fitness
Before the Meeting and Gathering
These are pretty standard. Most Webelos den leaders are not new den leaders, so this is probably old hat.
The suggestion to rotate the opening flag ceremony is a must. Each Webelos must lead a ceremony to get his Webelos badge.
Once again, this is pretty straightforward.
I’ve already mentioned my concerns about the length of the activities for this meeting, so I am just going to provide a list of helps here. Or see the separate meeting plans I linked to above for some ideas.
[term_links tax="webelosactivity" term="fitness-activity-badge"]
[term_links tax="webelosactivity" term="athlete-activity-badge"]
Closing and After the Meeting
Again, these are pretty standard, but the home assignment is important if you are following the BSA plans. And the Fitness requirements do need to be done with a parent, so make sure that message gets communicated, especially since Fitness is required for the Webelos badge. Also, they need to keep working on Athlete at home to complete it.