Crossover and Webelos with Incomplete Requirements
A Question About Crossover and Incomplete Requirements
Reader Pamela asked this question about incomplete requirements
Hello Scouter Mom,
I am the Assistant Cubmaster for Pack 234. This is my first year, as well as our Cubmaster’s first year doing a crossover ceremony. I’ve read all of your amazing ideas. However, what should we do if we know some of the boys won’t be continuing on to Scouts BSA? Do we still present them with a neckerchief? Do we give them some sort of plaque to show their completion of Cub Scouting? What do we do with the boys that failed to complete the requirements for crossing over? Can we delay the crossover to allow them more time to complete the requirements? Please help!!
Arrow of Light and Crossover Are Separate
Pamela, this is a common question. First of all, it is important to remember that the Arrow of Light presentation and the crossover can be two different things. So present the AOL recognition to those who earned it. This can be immediately followed by the crossover ceremony to be participated in by those who are crossing over, regardless of whether they have incomplete requirements or not.
Arrow of Light Is Not Required
Also remember there are three different requirement options for joining a Scouts BSA Troop:
- 10 years old and completed the Arrow of Light requirements OR
- 11 years old OR
- completed 5th grade
So if they are 11 years old, they may crossover even if they did not complete the Arrow of Light requirements. If they are almost 11, you can check with your council to find out if they are old enough to “round up”. I probably wouldn’t delay the crossover if the majority are ready. If you have one or two who with incomplete requirements, they can always join the troop when they are ready.
Alternatives for Recognition
Whether you want to give the ones who are not crossing over and who did not earn the AOL due to incomplete requirements a neckerchief or some alternative recognition is up to your pack. You will have to decide that based on the families involved. Is it important to them? In my experience, the Cub Scouts who did not manage to finish AOL are usually not that concerned with recognition but your case might be different. Talk to their parents about it. Perhaps they can pitch in to purchase some small recognition.
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