Re: Following rules (was Tige...
David A. Crow (Cfi@AOL.COM)
Wed, 1 Mar 1995 14:39:35 -0500
Michael Floyd asks some interesting questions:
>Are we saying that in Cub Scouting we should only award the >soccer belt
loop to the wolf? I disagree. Both boys have earned >this belt loop. The
tiger is awarded for his egual effort as the wolf >scout has also. The tiger
is encougagedtowards more team sports >by this. If you disgree, then how do
you explain to a parent of a >tiger cub that his child has not earned this
belt loop? What about >the feelings of the tiger cub when he sees his
teammate receiving >the soccer belt loop and he does not recieve one at the
pack >meeting. Does the tiger understand " the concerns that have been
>expressed on the discussion list that it is better for him to wait to
>recieve this award"
Any time we give awards in a program we have to remember the purposes. The
belt loops are not rewards for time spent playing on a team. They are
incentives to broaden a childs exposure to sports and academic subjects. The
Pins are recognition of continued interest and time invested in a particular
sport. So in your example I as Cubmaster would suggest the Wolf receive the
loop and pin if he qualified per the program booklet for that sport.
The Tigers do want to "get" awards but the program is limited to the "Paws"
and stickers. The anticipation of being "able" to earn the "big boy" awards i
s one of the techniques used to draw 100% of the Tigers into Cubs. If they
already have some of the Cub Scout Awards then they are less incented. The
Tiger program also does not encourage Tigers to attend all of every Pack
meeting. Just to participate enough to have something to look forward to
after they Bridge. MakingTigers the first year of Cubs just contributes to
Webelos burn out.
The same problem occurs at any transition, ie. many things you do in Cub
Scouts actually could be counted toward Boy Scout requirements, but you still
have to repeat the activity while you are the proper age to get credit.
Otherwise we would go through life checking off little boxes once - never
repeating anything at all if we could help it. In the case of the sports
team, typically they play for many years and will only get one belt loop and
only one pin. I don't see the boys being unhappy not "getting" a scout award
after every time they play a season. We have accomplished our objective
getting them to try the sport and then liking it enough to continue for
whatever satisfaction it provides in its own program (hence the trophies or
ribbons etc. every year at the sports banqet).
Ending with the disclaimer that some first graders are more mature than
others but that necessarily we have to draw some "cutoff" somewhere. My
experience is that a low key Tiger program run "by the book" has consistently
graduated 100% of the boys into the cubs now for four years running (approx.
12 boys a year). Each year all of the boys and some of the parents ask about
receiving badges but respond favorably when the Tiger Cub Coach explains how
those are for the Cub Scouts... remember they are not yet Cub Scouts.
David Crow, Cubmaster Pack 278, Braddock Heights, MD
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City