Re: Tiger cub program
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@EECS.NWU.EDU)
Tue, 21 Feb 1995 09:16:46 -0600
That, unfortunately, is far too true across the country. However,
most (and the percentage is running very high) are indeed
understanding that the Tiger Cub program is to be run like it is
written. That is not different from any of our programs.
IF the volunteers would run our programs as written, the entire
movement could adjust and change according to need, not react to
I am reminded of a statement made in Jan. 1982 at our Florida Sea
Base, where about 50 of the top trainers across our country had been
invited for a weekend of update training. The quote was made by the
then Training Director (professional). It went something like----
if our trainers and volunteers would only understand that we actually
use and hire experts in the various fields to develop our programs,
and that we use a minimum of 5 years field writing and testing --- and
-- if these same people would only run the program as written --
instead of "reinventing the wheel", our whole movement would work
Now -- Tiger Cubs IS a separate program. Written because volunteers
were not recruiting boys at the Wolf level, and had so many reasons
Varsity Scouting came to be because the Troop leadership refused to
follow the program and give the older boys something besides baby
sitting to do.
Venture Scouting came in because sports is not the only interest of a
boy (notwithstanding all the Dads in front of the tvs), and the troop
programs (on the whole) were not providing an extensive program for
the older boys.
Tiger Cubs is and always has been separate. When it becomes a part of
the Cub Scout program, it will not survive as it is now. IF it
becomes a part of the CS program. When volunteers stop fighting the
program; work it as written; and then let the national committees
(volunteers) know how it worked AS WRITTEN; where changes are
suggested and why, then and only then will we stop the confusion.
The victim is not the adults by the way -- the victim IS that boy we
lose, or goes away with a negative attitude to the "scouting" program.
As they said in 1982 -- it still holds true -- until we work the
program as researched, tested, and written by experts and volunteers,
we have no ground to stand on.
Try it -- it works, and it is really very much less work to work the
program than reinvent. As a music teacher; computer person; parent;
etc. I do not know all -- that's why we work as a team, that's why the
"patrol method" is the only way to go. Look for it -- that patrol is
everywehere. (you might call it a committee!)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City