Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Thu, 4 Nov 1993 10:12:05 CST
First of all, let me please remind you all that our program is to be executed as
written. When (and many it is not) it is not, the legal department and our
liability will not be in force. That means that you MAY be taking a chance
have Tiger Cubs run totally against the written program as is described below:
a word of caution only. National does not just "make up" programs, it is
researched by non-scouters, but EXPERTS in the field. Tiger Cubs is no guess
work program, and when not run as written, results in losing the boys between
Bear and end of the 2 year Webelos years.
> 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.
--The Tiger Cub program calls for once a month Big Ideas. NOT a junior Cub
Scout program. We face this same danger with those who run Jr. Scouts, instead
of Webelos, and we lose those boys too after a year or two in a troop.
> 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.
--Leadership positions are established by national, not local units or councils,
a volunteer who is working as a Tiger Coach, (only one such position can be
registered per pack) get abusive treatment. I never have figured out how to
tell which new leader will end up staying for 20 years (for instance) in our
movement, and need and want the credentials for everything they have done in
our program. We do a volunteer a disservice when we do not follow the program.
It is, after all, a software program intended for the hardware (chartered
org.) to use.
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
-- it is not your unit's right, nor responsibility to call the boys anything
except what is written. You see, this is a written, copyrighted program. And
the statement above continues to prove out across the country. When you do not
work Tiger Cubs as written, they RARELY make it to Webelos and almost NEVER to
Our volunteer job remember is to make the choice to work with Scouting, not
As Lord Baden-Powell said at the beginning, and over and over. You know the
rules when you join, if you can not change them WITHIN the guidelines to your
satisfaction, leave. Our program is not for you.
> > > 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.
-- The above is absolutely correct. If you disagree and can not affect a change
through the proper channels, this may not be for you. One boy having left our
program for WHATEVER reason, and boredom is what you are dealing with here --
ripples like a stone in a pond, and effects a minimum of 12 other boys who will
never give our program a try.
And, by the way, these are not my personal feelings only -- they are the Boy
Scout program, for which I volunteer to work and help the boy.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City