Re: Tiger Cubs
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Tue, 9 Nov 1993 08:31:05 CST
Don commented about trying to move Tigers and Cubs ahead TOO fast.
I think this is a key issue in the discussion of what the Tiger program
should be. The following comes from a single pack experience and should
not be routinely generalized but for what it is worth:
The pack had two Webelos dens (10 boys each). One den followed the program
pretty much as described in the literature. Almost every month the Webelos
received another activity pin. They had lots of fun and shared experiences
at the pack meeting. The other den had a leader who wanted to be a
Scoutmaster. He took his den camping two or three times in the fall and
again in the spring. Some of the parents went along. They earned fewer
activity pins but did more "Scout" things!! The second den squeaked boys
in for Webelos badge just managed to get Arrow of Light finished for the
Blue and Gold banquet. The first den had everyone finished with ease and
several boys earning compass points. All graduated at the same time. All
boys visited three different troops. About half of each den went to one
of two troops, noone went to the third. One boy from each den dropped out
without attending any additional Scout meetings.
One year later, 8 of the 10 boys in the first den are active Scouts. Only
one of the members of the second den is active. Because the dens split
rather evenly between the two troops, I don't think the troop was the cause
of the departure. And while I can't rule out a lot of other plausible
explanations, I suspect that the second den was pushed too fast into "Scout"
level activities and as a result became bored when they joined a troop.
I suspect that much of the burn out in boys is because some adult wanted
them to do more faster. They were pushed too fast. The first den
described above did lots of neat things but they did not try to adopt a
program designed for older boys. The second den did try to adopt the scout
program and become junior boy scouts. The adult leader pushed them and
they boys were pulled along. Most Webelos enjoy the program as described
if they are encouraged to follow it. They are seldom ready for the full-
blown Scout program.
My contention is that leaders often want more than the boys and that is
where the problem comes in. The boys might say they want it because they
think it is what they should say, not because they really want it. I vote
for sticking with "age appropriate" programs.
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