Re: Tiger Cubs and Belt Loops
Michael Keables (mkeables@DU.EDU)
Tue, 21 Feb 1995 13:21:49 -0700
Thought I'd share what our pack does with our Tiger Cubs as an
illustration of how a separate program is incoportated into the pack
program. We have two tiger cub groups of 7 boys each. Each month, the
groups go on a "big adventure" orchestrated by one of the tiger cub
parents and participate in the other aspects of the Tiger Cub program.
At the pack meeting during the awards presentations, the Tiger Cubs
are called in front of the pack and given two beads for their tiger
claw necklace: one for participating in the big adventure, the other
for attending the pack meeting. In this way, they feel as if they are
part of the pack but they are not participating in the Cub Scout
program. They do, however, see the older boys receive their badges
and the Webelos demonstrate their monthly projects which keeps them
interested in the Cub Scout program. Following our April graduation,
the tigers are ready to begin the summer as members of a wolf
den. They participate in the pack's summer activities and are ready to
receive their Bobcat at the first pack meeting in the fall.
This works well for us ... the Tiger Cub boys have a separate program,
they are involved in the pack at pack meetings, and they become a part
of the pack before drifting off during the summer. We then start the
fall with organized wolf dens, complete with leaders, which makes the
fall recruiting of new cubs much easier.
Food for thought.
Mike Keables Cubmaster, Pack 632 Denver Area Council Littleton, CO USA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City