Tigers and the Pinewood Derby
Peter Farnham (pfarnham@ASBMB.FASEB.ORG)
Wed, 1 Nov 1995 10:39:21 EST
Keith Barr from Rockville MD describes exactly what we do in our pack
with Tigers and the Pinewood Derby. We started letting the Tigers use
their favorite matchbox cars to have a special Tiger race just last
year. This approach is much better than the way we used to do it, and
it does get them fired up for their first pinewood derby after they
cross over to Cubs.
The matchbox car idea was offered at Tiger cub coach training in the
GW district, which our group coach took last year. He's now in his
second year as coach, and our Tiger program is doing really well,
although with 7 boys this year our numbers are nowhere in the
neighborhood of some of the groups I've seen mentioned here--30
Tigers??? Good grief. The most we've ever had was 15.
The Tigers don't routinely participate in pack meetings until the Blue
& Gold banquet, although they are invited to the Halloween party, the
Xmas party, and to the Pinewood Derby (see above). We cross them over
in May, and award them their Tiger patches, 1-year pins, and yellow
neckerchiefs and slides.
I do disagree with some of our colleagues on this list who seem to be
pushing the kids into activities they are not mature enough to handle.
Keep the activities age-appropriate; that won't get them burned out or
turned off. It is perfectly fine for them to do family-oriented
activities--in fact, that's what they are supposed to do. Putting
brand new first-graders into your average "rough-and-tumble" pack
meeting with kids four and five years older than them is not a good
idea, IMO. The idea in our pack is to ease them in gradually. When
the Tigers do begin to show up routinely (in March) I take the Weebs
aside and let them know that they are the oldest boys in the pack, and
I expect them not only to behave, but also to go out of their way to
be friendly to the Tigers and make them feel welcome.
As you may have gathered, I'm very high on Tigers. I'm leaving cubs
next year, but when I return I'll try to come back as a Tiger Cub
Group Coach. A good Tiger program is where you grow good cubs and boy
scouts, as well as adult leaders. You CMs--don't short-change Tigers,
and above all, keep the activities age-appropriate (no 5-mile hikes,
etc). Put one of your best people in charge. You won't regret it.
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YiS and "Grrrrrrr!!!" (big Tiger cheer),
CM, Pack 1515
GW District, NCAC
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City