Webelos is the highest rank in Cub Scouts, and prepares boys for the transition to Boy Scouts.

For parents

There are many good troops for Webelos to join. Your pack may have a troop which is sponsored by the same organization, but with meetings at a different time and/or place. Selecting the right troop is very important for the boy's enjoyment, as well as for his parents.

Every troop has its own personality, and not every troop is right for every boy. Webelos and parents should visit a minimum of three troops, even if their pack has a troop sponsored by the same organization.

Does the troop have a Webelos Invitational for your Webelos den to attend?

You and your son should look for the following:

  • Does the troop have a variety of activities, including monthly campouts and summer camp? Are they activities your son will enjoy?
  • Does the troop have enough active trained leaders?
  • Is the troop a manageable size which provides each scout the attention they need? Even large troops can provide the proper attention, if they have a good leader-to-scout ratio.
  • Does the troop have a solid troop program planned by the scouts?
  • Is the troop run by boys? Does the troop use the patrol method?
  • Does the troop want the parent to be active as a leader or committee member?
  • Does the troop have a parent patrol for outings?
  • What percentage of the troop's scouts obtain the Eagle rank? How is the leadership helping scouts to do so?
  • How does the troop integrate new scouts into the troop?
  • What are the monthly, annual, and per-outing costs of membership? What equipment is expected? Does the troop have fundraisers for scouts to earn money to offset the cost?

It is important for your son to select the right troop. It should be a positive experience that he and you will remember for a lifetime.

For Cub Scout leaders

It should be the goal of the Cubmaster and Webelos den leaders to graduate every Webelos Scout into a Boy Scout troop. The key to accomplishing this is to begin promoting Boy Scouting when Cub Scouts are still in their Tiger, Wolf, and Bear dens, and to sell the sizzle of the great outdoors. Scouting should be viewed as an ongoing adventure, and the progression should be as normal as moving from elementary school to middle school.

For Boy Scout leaders

Boy Scout troops should assign an assistant Scoutmaster or a troop committee member to be responsible for new Scouts, which would include developing a relationship with the Cubmaster and the Webelos den leaders. This person serves as a resource during Webelos overnight activities and builds enthusiasm among boys and their parents for the exciting challenges that await them in Boy Scouting.