Re: Following rules (was Tiger Cubs
Hall, Scott D. (shall@ISC901.JSC.NASA.GOV)
Wed, 1 Mar 1995 16:42:00 CST
-} re: Tiger and Wolf who have 'earned' a sports belt loop
-} A similar argument could be made for a Webelos Scout and Boy Scout who
-} play on the same sports team.
The difference being that the Webelos and the Boy Scout are old enough to
know that they are in distinctly different programs. The Tiger Cub, unless
he's *totally* isolated from the Cub Scouts, thinks he's in the Cub Scout
Program. It's hard to make a fine distinction like that to a 6 year old.
As far as our pack, we allow the Tigers to participate in all the pack
events as equals. Our retention level from mid-year Tigers is close to
100%, excepting move-outs, and many of them bring their friends along into
the Wolf den because they had so much fun the first year. It's hard to
believe they would be that excited if they just had the privilege of
watching all these neat things, like pinewood. BTW - My Webelos Den just
had the interesting experience of being romped by the Tigers at Pushmobile.
They were sure chagrined. Then they remembered that they had done the same
to the Webelos when they were Tigers. What goes around, comes around. Our
Tiger program is also our Pack Leader breeding ground. By the time the
second year Webelos move into BSA, we have tagged Tiger parents to fill
slots occupied by the outgoing Webelos parents. It works smoothly for us,
for others it may not. We use the Tiger program as an low-risk, low-cost
introduction to scouts. We lose a few Tigers by November of every year.
The rest stay because they like the pace of the Tiger program, and they can
see that the natural progression through Cub Scouts will be a good
experience for boys and parents alike. I really think each Pack should use
the Tiger program as best it can, to "hook" the boys on scouting before they
get into too many other activities. IMHO, of course.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City