Re: questions about BSA...tiger cubs
Jim Waldrep (jwaldrep@CHAR.VNET.NET)
Tue, 2 Nov 1993 18:34:01 -0500
> Regarding the Tiger Cubs acting as a den with weekly meetings.
> I have some concerns about this.
> 1. If we give the Tigers Weekly meetings we are setting them up
> with more structure in the program than is called for.
We only have two weekly meetings. The third meeting is a "go see" field
trip. For the last two years, our tiger parents have asked for more
structure. The ones who were brand new to scouting, especially.
> 2. By adding the additional sturcture you are needing a more rigid
> leadership (such as DL) for them. This is against the "team"
> approach of the program.
As a matter of fact, we do have a "Tiger coach" in each "den" who is the
contact person for the Pack committee and who ultimately calls the parent
responsible for the meeting and makes sure they will follow through.
Before it was common for the parent/tiger who was supposed to do the
program to not show up. This leaves 6 - 8 six year olds sitting around
with nothing to do. The parents are still responsible for the program and
it is a team. But every team needs a coach.
> 3. We have enough trouble keeping kids in the program. If we make
> the Tigers into a den of their own... then we are pushing the full
> program onto them too soon. We will loose more of them due to
> "burnout" before we can transitionalize them into Troops.
I don't fully understand the problem with calling these groups of boys
and their parent/partners "dens". The whole program is not pushed on
them. They follow the tiger program just as it is written. They just meet
a little more oftern. As for retention - Before, when the tigers met once
a month - our retention was less than 50 % In the last two years, our
retention of tigers has been more than 80% When my son was a Bear two
years ago, we had 24 Bears. In March we will bridge 30 cubs into the
troop. (Granted we did lose some of the boys and pick up others)
> > 4.Take a good look at the retention levels. You will see
>>that there are reasons for doing the tigers as an "Introduction" program
> of Scouting ... not the full dose at once.
My response is essentially the same as #3.
> 5. etc. etc. etc.
> These are my own feelings and experiences.. I am speaking for no
> one else.
I am still open to discussion and suggestions, but I am only saying that
I feel that our tiger program has been more successfull since making the
changes that we are discussing here. Keep the dialogue going.
Cubmaster Pack 11
Charlotte, NC, USA
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