Our school just had a very successful round-up. I was notified yesterday that 2 boys signed up for Webelos 2.
I would normally welcome all new Scouts with open arms but my Webelos 2 den (the only one at our school) is very small with only 5 boys. All of these boys are within 2 requirments of earning their Arrow of Light and moving on to Boy Scouts. They only have 3 activity pins left to earn to have all 20 and they'll be finished one of those before this month is over. We fully intend to be out of Cub Scouts by December.
That said, there is no way I can catch these 2 new boys up to where they need to be just to earn their Webelos badge, much less their Arrow of Light.
Would it be wrong to recommend that since they're both in the 5th grade and 10.5 years old that they just go straight to Boy Scouting? If it is would it be wrong to suggest they join the Webelos 1?
I don't mind at all if they attend my den meetings; I just don't plan on starting over at the Bobcat Trail at this point. I guess they could conceivably earn their Webelos badge if they busted butt at home doing the Bobcat Trail and the other Webelos badge requirements.
"Nothing you do for children is ever wasted. They seem not to notice us, hovering, averting our eyes, and they seldom offer thanks, but what we do for them is never wasted." ~ Garrison Keillor