Re: Tiger Cub Program
Keith Tilley (redcoat@NEXTSTEP.NET)
Wed, 6 Mar 1996 22:58:37 -0500
Mike Walton said:
>I think that overall, the Tiger Cub program has been tried, and
>tried the way that the BSA through it's Cub Scout Division wanted it to
>work. It's just that in today's two-family income, split-family, and
>"instant activity" environment, the present Tiger Cub program doesn't
>work in a lot of communities.
>In other communities, it works too well....and that's the bottom
>line: the program has not worked consistantly well.
Mike, I'm a VERY strong advocate of the Cub Scout program, and I think Tiger
Cubs was an excellent idea. I think the reason for the spotty success of
the Tiger Cub program is that it's a unique program that most Scouters
never really figured out. It's designed to be an introduction to organized
activity, with no rules, no advancement, and very little structure. When
it's run that way, it's very successful, but unfortunately, too many
experienced Scouters treat it like the other Scouting programs, and smother
it with organization.
Many Packs, on their own initiative, have "improved" the Tiger Cub program
by integrating it into the Pack more than it was meant to be. Some Tiger
Cub groups meet every week and attend every Pack Meeting and function - in
other words, the group has become a first-grade Den. The problem is that
there's not enough program to sustain that energy level! The boys and
parents end up getting bored, and they never make it to the "real" Cub Scout
If BSA moves in the direction we expect, it will be a shame. The way to
"fix" the Tiger Cub program is to leave it alone, and to encourage leaders
to run it as it was designed.
Assistant Council Commissioner
Rip Van Winkle Council, NY
"Did Cubs, Did Scouts, Went Back to Cubs!"
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