Re: Tiger Problem
Mike Box (MBOX@VTVM1.CC.VT.EDU)
Tue, 31 Oct 1995 09:18:46 EST
On Mon, 30 Oct 1995 12:51:55 -0500 Stephen Hoar said:
>In your message of 30 Oct 1995 at 1107 EST, you write:
>> >>Those units who do incorporate Cub
>> >>Scouting down into the Tiger program, statistically lose the boys by
>> >>the end of the Bear year.
>> In our experience the Tigers have been a shot in the arm to the Pack.
>> Fully 18 of the boys now 4th grade Webelos were Tigers. And the
>> numbers are consistant in the ranks below as well.
I apologize, in advance, if these comments have been shared by others for
my schedule has not allowed me to follow the list as closely as I would like.
In my five years as a Cub Scout leader, I observed that Tigers feed the Pack
with new boys and parents. However, enthusiasm and interest drop as frustration
grows when parents and boys realize that the BEAR program is "more of the same"
by repeating the WOLF program. Compare the books. There's very little REAL
difference. To quote my son as a WEBELOS, "Why did they quit? It's just now
I can't fault the Den Leaders. We had/have dedicated Den Leaders that provide
the program. It's the program that, in my opinion, fails the boys and Scouting.
To combat this problem our Pack offers an annual trip to a theme park for all
to enjoy, and also as a "carrot" to that BEAR who may be loosing interest. It's
not the answer, but ...
Yours in Scouting,
Mike Box, ASM Phone: (703)231-9506
Troop 141, Christiansburg, Va Bitnet: MBOX@VTVM1
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