Re: Tiger Cub Program
Kenneth De Vilbiss (K_E_DeVilbiss@MSN.COM)
Thu, 7 Mar 1996 20:09:45 UT
Operation: TIGER MANIA kicks off at the 1996 National Annual Meeting.
The recommendations were based upon a recent extensive study of Scouting
professionals, Tiger Cub group coaches, and Tiger Cub adult partners. (ed.
note: at least ONE of those adult partners is on this list, and participated
in the pilot program for this program change) As stated by national director
of Cub Scouting, Gene Stone, "We heard what volunteers and professionals have
to say about Tiger Cubs, BSA, and we put that
information into action."
Watch for complete details and updates on the roll-out campaign during the
launching of Operation: TIGER MANIA at the 1996 National Annual Meeting, in
SCOUTING magazine, and throug the local councilservice center."
Let's all watch our various resources - there's that word again!
Well I hope they have it figured out by July because that is why I'm attending
the Philmont training Center's course on Tiger Mania. As a veteran Tiger Cub
Coach, I like what I saw about a den that meets once by itself and once with
the Pack each month. But does that mean that there will be a Leader/asst.
Leader set-up just like any other den? I like the parent participation part
of the program and don't want to lose it, just enhance the pack role of the
Tiger Cubs. Currently we run as close as possible to the program as written.
We have had between 12 and 20 Tiger cubs each year for the last six years and
graduate 85-95% into the pack. But the success of the group is directly
related to how strongly the parents in the group participate. As Coach I can
remind, coax, assist, and encourage, but the program is run by the parents and
if they don't do it, the program fails. Requiring them to participate in pack
activities and meetings may help the group feel it isn't all alone out there.
We already encourage the Tigers to come to pack meetings, but only
specifically invite them to the Sept, Dec, Feb, and May meetings. This means
we actually see them only at those meetings and then not everyone shows.
Anyhow, I'll be watching closely for more information.
Ellen De Vilbiss K_E_DeVilbiss@msn.com
Louisville, CO I used to be an owl, but I'm married to a bear. I don't
what that makes me, but I'm grumpy when awakened!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City