Tiger cub program
Steve Beluch (steve.beluch@SYSLINK.MCS.COM)
Fri, 17 Feb 1995 16:23:45 LCL
Hi all, (Long post)
I've been following the recent Tiger Cub threads about awards, Belt
loops etc. and it has really hit my O H O H button.
Where is all the training on the Tiger Cub Program going?
So far I have seen an Atlanta Program, a St. Louis Program and the
Houston Program. and they are all a variation of the national program.
Why are councils, districts, units and individual leaders allowed to
change a BSA program at their whim because T H E Y feel they have a
better mouse trap?
When was the last time someone offered a Cub Scout a Boy Scout award?
Do you allow the Cub Scouts in your pack to wear a Boy Scout patch?
Scoutmasters, Do you allow the pack to visit every Troop meeting and
outing? Sound ridiculous? But look at what's happening to the Tiger
Cub Program. We have Groups going to all the pack meetings, involved in
all the derbies and going to all the outings.
What happened to using the program as it was designed? Where are the
trainers who are teaching Basic Training? Where are the professionals
who allow haphazard changes to a BSA program? Where is the National Cub
Scout Committee? Doesn't anybody use the program as it was intended?
Does anyone know what a Tiger Cub Coach IS and DOES? There are the paw
prints and stickers in the packet to be used. The uniform still IS
optional (except in Atlanta where they use the council service strip,
numbers and on and on). Leadership is based on using the parents to run
an activity and/or meeting. Invites to pack functions should include a
side activity, not F U L L participation. When was the last time anyone
saw a 7 year old make a derby car or space rocket?
Lastly isn't running a Tiger Cub Group as a Den go against the whole
principle of showing the boys and their parents what to look forward to
in Scouting in the years ahead?
No wonder we have such a big dropout rate, these kids have done it all
by the time their 9.
Everything on and for the Tiger Cub Program is well documented as well
as the training material provided to district training teams. There are
not separate training books, videos or resources in different cities.
They all are the same. All have the same BSA stock numbers and are
listed in the Literary catalog. So the next time you see a Boy Scout in
a R E D uniform wearing a bunch of home grown patches or a Cub Scout
wearing Merit badges on his pocket, you can be sure that these scouts
comes form a top notch council, district and unit with a top
There's nothing wrong in making a program better. Heck, all the BSA
programs change a little every year and every so often they change with
a major earthquake. But at least if I go there from here I can be
reasonably assured that I will find the same basic program. But there
is no way to convince me that will be the case when it comes to the
Tiger Cub Program.
I challenge any two members of this list from different councils who are
knowledgeable of their Tiger program to compare. I'll be willing to bet
that no two councils run the same program. Heck, I'll bet there are
even differences between districts or even units within a district!
Any Takers? :-)
Steve Beluch - Des Plaines Valley Council
Direct E-Mail: steve.beluch@SYSLINK.mcs.com
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