Re: Tiger Cubs
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Mon, 8 Nov 1993 16:15:03 EST
I think A point is being missed that while a small program GROUP
may "think" that the program is running great, with lots of BOYS
but NOT FOLLOWING BSA policy! What you miss, is the background
study and research that BSA put into program development. While
I myself made the same mistakes in the past, and tried to move
Tigers and/or CUB's ahead TOO fast, and make the program MORE
exciting NOW, a LARGE majority of those CUB's never went on
into scouting or dropped out, because SCOUTING was BORING to them!
In fact the troop had much more success in keeping NEW boys that
had NOT been in this ADVANCED version of CUBS. SO while extending
your Tiger program or CUB program may appear to make sense TODAY,
it can have a long term impact on retention! I think we need to
review the COMPLETE program before we can react and change just
one part because is works better today, in one local group.
Imagine if you will, a group of these OVER achiever CUB's or
WEBELOS in with a group of NEW SCOUTS at summercamp, or CAMPERS COLLEGE,
or the NEW SCOUT patrol method! They see nothing NEW, get bored, begin
to act up, cause trouble and/or quit. I have already seen Some NEW
WEBELOS leaders "complain" that WEBELOS can NOT earn merit badges!
Some how, I do not think BSA is ready for 12 year old Eagle scouts!
What to you expect them to do after they are Eagles at 12?
Kids are being PUSHED to fast! Let them have FUN. Doing SCOUT stuff
should wait until they are SCOUTS. Concentrate on doing ALL the fun
stuff posible as written in the CUB and WEBELOS program. Try to see
the BIG picture of the BSA scouting program from 6 to 16 ! Is does
former Cub master, WEBELO I & II leader, TRoop committee and OA Advisor
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City