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Hey guys love the site and love the forums. I wish they were even busier as I love to chat about scouting. As I am new to scouting with my son I frequent all the different forums. Ok on to my question. I have a friend who has her son in the same troop as my son. Her son is just becoming a Webelos and turns 10 this month. My question is can her son just tell his den leader that he does not want to do the Webelos I program and work on the Arrow of Light since he will be 10 1/2 at the time all the others cross over into a troop. That is where his friends are at and he wants to be. He does not want to spend two years in Cub Scouts and the fact that in one year he can join a troop anyways. I know in his previous ranks he has went ahead and worked on extra electives outside of den meetings to earn other things that most of the other boys did not do. I suggested to his mom that if he could work on the Arrow of Light that he still works and tries to earn Webelos things also. Thank you for any help you can provide. I think I have seen that you can but the situations were a little different so just wanted to clarify. Also if he can how do you not upset the den/troop leader when telling him that he wants to do this. Once again thank you for your replies I love learning as much about this as I can. Casper72
In the new Webelos/AoL program, can 5th graders working on their Arrow of Light go back and earn the "required" pins from Webelos? For example, the Webelos Walkabout, First Responder, etc.? I don't think such a scout could go back and get the Webelos Award, but could they count the pins associated with it as electives for AoL (assuming of course they were *not* being used toward the Webelos Award)? This question came to me as I was looking at the transition from the old program to the new one, but I could see it being asked if a boy were to start Cub Scouts in 5th grade in the new program. For this year the big issue I see is with first aid--in the old program, first aid was covered in Readyman, which was one of the AoL required pins. Now, it's in First Responder, for Webelos. So, in effect the boys may "miss" that (of course we can just always cover the material anyway). The same thing is reverse is seen with Citizenship stuff--it was required as the Citizen pin for Webelos, but is now in the Build a Better World pin for AoL. So the boys see it twice.