Re: Tiger Cubs
Jim Miller Sr. (JJMSR@AOL.COM)
Thu, 29 Jun 1995 17:23:07 -0400
Sounds like you have the program off to a much better start than previously.
A couple of things would suggest from experience as Tiger Cub Group Coach
1. Tiger Cub group shouldn't have A parent leader. Leadership should rotate
among the parents. We handle it by asking at each meeting who will take
responsibility for the next meeting. Sometimes it takes a little while and a
lot of encouragment but every parent will volunteer eventually if pushed a
2. Have the Tigers meet with the pack at least occasionally. We have them in
the same large church auditorium but at the other end of the hall. Thatr way
they see the pack in action.
3. Graduation. We graduate the Tigers to cub scouts during our end of the
year awards ceremony and bridging for the webelos. We use an idea I found
last year on AOL scouting forum and have a large "machine" called a
TIGERMATIC made from a spread out refrigerator carton. The kids go in one
side as a Tiger and come out the other as a Cub Scout wearing their new
yellow neckerchief. Then they are presented with their Tiger Cub Graduate
4. At graduation, congratulate the parents on a job well done and ask them to
volunteer to help the following year with the pack. We got 2 new den leaders
this way this year.
5. We let the tigers participate in the pinewood derby (seperate category -
ribbons like the other kids), the holiday party, the Blue & Gold, and all
other pack "special" activities. We also invite them to participate in the
parades our pack participates in each year (parent must accompany of course).
Doing all this has been successful so far - we graduated 7 out of 9 into the
pack this year and I think the other two may join when they return from
P.S. We also make available the religious medels program to tigers where
appropriate (RC is Light of Christ and other Christian is God and Me, haven't
stumbled on kids of other religions in the pack yet).
Tiger Cub Group Coach
Hudson Liberty Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City