Tiger cubs & the professi
Steve Beluch (steve.beluch@SYSLINK.MCS.COM)
Fri, 24 Feb 1995 08:47:50 LCL
(Continued from previous message...)
S> Tigers are part of the Pack. That is a given.
S>But the real issue is the program. Several of the E-mails on the
S>list server are mixing the issue of Tiger Cub program and a pack
S>operation together. "Belt loops are to be awarded by the pack to
S>Cub Scouts participating in that sport." according to the copy of
S>the Cub Scout Leader Book I have. Notice the word CUB SCOUT not
S>TIGER CUB. Leaders would you award a Bear or a Wolf a Webelos
S>activity badge to him just because he has completed the
S>requirements??" **Wonderful. Perfect analogy.** Yet someone else
S>noted that beads may be given, and another that they hand out the
S>"paw prints" at pack meetings. Great ideas. Why not? Of course a
S>Tiger is going to feel bad if he doesn't get something when other
S>buys are. Adapting the program to the reality of human nature is
S>not wrong, it is smart. Nothing wrong with those adaptations.
Well said, but W H Y are these people confused? That is the real
question. If the units are allowed to run free then just who is
accoutntable? Where does the ultimate authority reside? By what
charter is an SE or DE allowed to condone major changes to a BSA
M>program? Can we spell anarchy?
S>Every pack doesn't run the way I ran my pack when I was cubmaster.
S>They're different, not worse, often better.
Look at Atlanta! This is outright showboating!
They've taken it upon themselves to rewrite the program. Uniforms,
patches and the like? This wasn't done by some well intentioned
Cubmaster. This isn't interfering with a unit. This was a council
decision as sure as I'm sitting here. If they made this kind of
change relative to the Cub Scout or Boy Scout program the entire
Staff would out looking for a new career.
Poor Houston, they still think that they are still running one the
test programs from 1986. Nobody has the heart to tell them that
Irving adopted a National program and has been running it since 1988.
As for St. Louis, I don't know much about this program I just heard
about it in the last month or so.
S>As a DE, I don't run a unit's program. And I tread on thin ice
S>when I even think of giving advice to a unit leader even if they've
S>asked for advice. Our district training staff
S>offers training and does a darn good job of it; our unit
S>commissioners counsel unit leaders but also do not dictate program
S>or attempt to force the program guidelines.
Craig, You miss the point! Its not the unit leader you need to advise!
If you have to go to that level you've already missed the boat. The
message is in training and control. If the training teams followed
the National Syllabus including the Tiger Cub Split and Unit
Commissioners were knowledgeable of the program and its potential
rewards and help their units correctly implement and use the program
then we would have one program. Who advises these areas? Last I
looked the Training Committee has a Professional Advisor! Last I
looked the District has a Key Three! To say a professional does not
get involved in programs is not true. What is probably closer to the
truth is that some professionals choose their responsibilities.
S>Isn't that what you really want?
What I want doesn't really matter! What does matter is that the boys
get a program that is designed for their age and comprehension and to
provide a method of introducing them A N D their parent(s) to
Steve Beluch - Des Plaines Valley Council
Direct E-Mail: steve.beluch@SYSLINK.mcs.com
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