For the Record
Jim Waldrep (jwaldrep@CHAR.VNET.NET)
Sat, 6 Nov 1993 08:13:27 -0500
My thanks to the people who wrote me directly to ask me to stay as a
contributer to the list and the people who wrote the list with ideas not
to far from my own.
For the record: Kathie did write me directly and did the following:
1. Took me to task for mispelling her name ( it offended her ).
2. Apologized for "caring more about the boys than the adults".
3. Repeated her impassioned plea for the 160,000 lost tiger cubs.
4. Closed with an impressive list of every title she has held from her
day 1 in scouting.
As Cubmaster, I thought my job was to recruit boys in the 1st through the
5th grades and send them to the troop prepared to be good boy scouts.
Our unit (I mean Pack, Kathie) has the goal of bridging 20 - 30 boys into
the troop, all with Arrow of Light, most with all 20 Webelo activity pins.
This year will be the second year we have achieved that goal.
IMO if the boys then drop out of the troop after a year or two, the troop
needs to look at its program and find out why. I do not see the Cub
program as a place to store boys (but don't to anything too exciting - we
have to save that for the "real" scouts) until they are old enough for
Has it occurred to anyone else out there that the reason we lost 160,000
tiger cubs is - maybe the program as written is boring for 1st graders.
Maybe it is more appropriate for Kindergarten. The once a month meetings
are not always on the same day, so the parents have a hard time
scheduling other activities around them. The boys do not get a chance to
get to know each other in that short amount of time and are uncomfortable
at every meeting. If you attend a meeting at the 1st of a month, miss a
month, and then attend a meeting at the end of the next month - it has
been almost three months since this boy saw those other boys.
I am encouraged to find that this is indeed a discussion group where
differing ideas can be expressed. Maybe if changes need to be made to one
or more programs, this list can be an instrument for that change.
I am not a loose cannon out here and I think my local council would back
me up on that. I take pride in the fact that our Pack adheres very
closely to all scout policies. I think that is why Kathie's letter cut me
so deep. I have not had my discussion with the DE but I intend to.
I believe very strongly in the scout program and it will take more than
one blistering to run me off.
My title list is not nearly as impressive.
Cubmaster Pack 11
Charlotte, NC, USA
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