Re: Tiger Problem
Jess Olonoff (jolonoff@GATE.NET)
Mon, 30 Oct 1995 11:36:39 -0500
I suspect statistically you do not have enough of a sample from year to
year within a Pack to determine much of anything. It is basically common
sense at work here. It will also very soon be BSA policy.
In my 3 years of experience our first batch of Tigers garnered the boys
that would have become Cubs anyway. The second year we included the
Tigers in more events and graduated 6 boys to Cubs (statistically of the
original group of Tigers only about 20%, of boys remaining about 50%)
This year we've instituted a "Tigers Too!" policy (Feel free to use until
I copyright it! ;-) and we hope to keep more boys in Tigers longer thereby
naturally increasing the odds of more crossing into the Pack. They will
be adding CSP's and Pack numbers to their T-shirts to make them feel more
a part of the Pack. When we get Pack T-Shirts they will be offered them
as well. We include them in every Pack event unless deemed to difficult
or dangerous for them. When we camp they camp next to the Webelos to see
by example how the older boys behave (Granted this might not always be
the best idea.) ;-)
It is obviously too soon to tell much but I do know that most all of them
came to our Halloween party and most all can not wait for the first
"Family Camp-Out" in about 3 weeks.
Do your best to keep them active and participating. The main thing is to
not let any of the groups die. Recovering from that is almost impossible.
As far as the boys burning out as Bears I think I would look elsewhere
for problems. Is your Webelos program the best it can be. Are you
camping enough or too much? Maybe you need some Den Chiefs to keep the
boys excited about continuing on. It just does not add up.
Yours in Scouting, Jess
Jess Olonoff, CM Pack-206 | Eagle - 1970, T-10 Tulsa, Okla.
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