Michael Smith (msmith@EMST-DC.PLANSYS.COM)
Fri, 27 Oct 1995 09:42:34 EDT
We too have a very large Tiger Group (32 boys). You said you broke your 30
into 3 groups. That's pretty large...you may want to try 4 groups if it
isn't too late. We, fortunately, have a successful program. What we do is
Each parent takes one month where they are responsible for the activities.
This gets everyone involved and nobody is overworked. To help the parents
out, we have kept a list of past activities performed by the Tigers and
provide this list to the new Tiger parents. We also make sure somebody
attends the Roundtable (ours has a Tiger breakout) to get other ideas,
handouts, etc. These are immediately copied and distributed.
Our tigers are invited to Pack meetings and we also make sure we have at
least one Family Activity per month for the pack. This allows the Tigers to
actively participate in the pack because these activities are designed for
the whole family (such as an easy 3 mile hike).
So basically, our tiger "dens" have no real leader, though there is one
parent who is designated the coordinator for the purpose of administrative
needs of the pack. We find that this builds our parent support base in later
years because the parents are already used to "volunteering". And the boys
get a great experience because while the parents don't try to "one-up" each
other, they do put some serious thought into selecting the activities for
With a group this size, you also need to make it absolutely clear that it
will be extremely difficult to find a convenient time for EVERY activity. If
you limit yourself to only those times when EVERY tiger can attend, your
choice of activites will be very limited. So let the boys know they may not
be able to attend every activity (and that's ok) and let the parents know
that you can still do an activity even if all people can't come. This has
really helped us.
Michael L. Smith
Committee Chairman, Pack 160, Herndon, Va.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City