Thursday, May 20, 2010

You Learn Something New Every Day

I got a very important email tonight. It was from my #1 nephew, Tell. He explained he had to send someone an email so he could get his scouting communication belt loop.
These were like foreign words to me, but I emailed him back anyway and said he didn't have to make up excuses to email me. I like him anyway.
Shortly thereafter his mother (you know, my sister Natalie) texted and asked if we could Skype - because #1 nephew needed to do it for this belt loop. He had to get this last requirement finished tonight because tomorrow he leaves the Cubs and becomes a Webelos.
Again, I explained they didn't have to make up silly reasons to Skype me.
So at the designated time they got on Skype and we had a fun little time talking to each other. It was made even more fun by my microphone going in and out. So for a few minutes we extended his "communication" exercises even more by me signing to him.
And then I asked the all important question. What was this all about?
Did you know that Cub Scouts don't get badges? They get "belt loops." Makes no sense, but whatever.
More importantly, what the crap is a Webelos? All this time I have been picturing it as some sort of jackal or fox. Maybe a weasel? I don't know.
Nope. Not even close. Why? Because Webelos are not real things. Webelos is an acronym!
We Be Loyal Scouts.
Who came up with the bright idea to give scouts a grammatically incorrect name??
Oh and you can never just be a Webelo, cause then you are just a We Be Loyal. You have to be a Webelos.
Also, is it just me or does the Webelos badge look like an ear of corn?


  1. Anonymous1:10 PM

    not ear of corn but fleur-de-lys. the Webelos program is actually part of the Cub Scout program it is the uppermost grouping it is used as a transition from little boy scouting to big boy (or real Boy Scouts) so the camping starts here and more skills rather than crafts in the doing also the exchange from Women (mother) based leaders to Men (father) and self (boy) leaders.

  2. Anonymous6:23 PM

    Not to be pedantic, but Webelos is an acronymn for "We'll Be Loyal Scouts", which is grammatically correct.
    To take it a step further, it's actually a Backronymn--it originally stood for "Wolf, Bear, Lion, Scout", which were the 4 ranks in Cub Scouts. Then, in the 70's, Lion got dropped, and Bobcat added.


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