After awarding the AOL, just has been done for years in our pack, we crossed the boys over into Boy Scouts where they were received by three different troops in our area. The whole thing went relatively smooth, the boys seemed genuinely excited about joining a troop, and the parents were beaming and proud.
This is all well and good, but something still nags at me. We give these boys the highest award in Cub Scouts, congratulate them for five years of hard work, then promptly send them off to Boy Scouts where they start all over at the bottom of the heap. Time at the top of the mountain? About 5 minutes total.
Are we doing these boys a disservice by crossing them over at Blue and Gold? I don’t get the impression that the boys really want to stick around, they have had their fill of Cub Scouts and are ready to move on to something new. It is hard to have a program that is equally entertaining to 1st graders and 5th graders, and doubly so when the 5th graders have seen it all already.
Nobody is complaining, I just wonder if there is a better way to handle Arrow of Light and Crossover.