Re: Spring Tiger Cub Recruitment
Wed, 12 Apr 1995 10:03:02 CST
>n April 11 R. Ontjes asked some questions on spring recruitment of
In response to this question I would first like to refer everyone back
a couple of months to a thread that discussed running the Tiger Cub
program in accordance with the Nationally established program.
My following comments come from referencing the 'Tiger Cub Guidebook
for Councils, Distrcts, and Packs' (if you or your wife don't have one
I will let you have mine).
First this publication makes it pretty clear that for the _boys and
their adult partners_ the Tiger Cub program is a nine month program.
Starting in September with the Tiger Cub rallies and ending in May
with a memorable graduation into Cub Scouting.
Notice I said _boys and their adult partners_. This publication also
makes it clear that it is the _responsibility of the local council,
district, and packs_ to ensure a quality Tiger Program. To that end
however, the _council, district, and pack_ must run a coordinated,
year-round (12-month) program.
In the Tiger Cub guidebook, there is a recommended Council calendar
starting with May I believe and runnig through about November. I'm
quoting from memory here so excuse me if I'm a month or so off <g>.
This calendar shows May being the time for graduation of the _current_
Tiger Cubs into Cub Scouting through an impressive graduation
ceremony. After the current Tiger Cubs are on their way into Cub
Scouting, those of us working at the council, district, or pack level
need to start _planning_ for next year's group of Tigers.
1. Recruit next year's Council and District Tiger Cub Group Coach
Organizers and individual pack Tiger Cub Group Coaches.
2. After next year's volunteers are in place, we need to ensure
everyone is fully qualified (yes the dreaded T-word : TRAINED)
3. After training, then we move into the P-word (PLANNING). Get
everyone involved together and write down on paper a plan for next
year's program. Make sure it is fun and enjoyable for both the
boys _and_ the adults.
This schedule gives us at the council, district, and pack level three
months to ensure there is no reson for next year's Tiger Cub program
to be wash out. One additional point I would like to make.
IMHO one of the biggest resons for the Tiger Cub program for not doing
better is a lack of emphasis at the council and district levels. We
tend to expect the packs to run the program without any support from
us. This is entirely wrong. The packs are busy enough without us
dumping on them that way.
Anyway, sorry this was so long. I'll get off my soapbox now (:->).
Michael W. Woods
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City