Tiger Cub Programs should be AWESOME!!!
Pete Murray (pjmurray@IX.NETCOM.COM)
Thu, 7 Mar 1996 19:11:37 -0800
>activity, with no rules, no advancement, and very little structure.
>it's run that way, it's very successful, but unfortunately, too many
>experienced Scouters treat it like the other Scouting programs, and
>it with organization.
>Many Packs, on their own initiative, have "improved" the Tiger Cub
>by integrating it into the Pack more than it was meant to be. Some
>Cub groups meet every week and attend every Pack Meeting and function
>other words, the group has become a first-grade Den. The problem is
>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
As a Tiger Cub Organizer in one of those "renegade" packs where the
Tigers ARE involved with the activities of the den, I have to
wholeheartedly disagree with you. We started out meeting once a month
on our own and now have "moved" to twice monthly. We go to every "Pack"
activity and are viewed as an emerging Den. We give out Tiger Paws at
every Pack Meeting for the past month. The boys LOVE it. We have since
gained two new boys and only lost one. Every one of our Scouts are
highly motivated and participate at every possibility. One of the
members of one of the other two Tiger Groups in our Den (22 total boys)
wants to join our goup BECAUSE of the organization.
The other two groups are somewhat amorphic and their boys do not
participate as much. I have no problems with that if that suits the
boy's needs. I feel that the WHOLE point of this first year in Cub
Souting is to HAVE FUN, while learning what being a part of a pack is
all about. Both my boys AND the other Tiger Groups' boys have done just
The great thing is... they still have that need to learn some more.
My son just figured out what he has to do to earn his "Bobcat". By gum,
he has spread the word to his fellow Tigers, and they are learning the
Promise, the law and everything else on the PLAYGROUND at school. Yes
siree, they want to recite their Cub Scout Promise during their
graduation to Cub Scouts. I think its neat, and the momentum only seems
to getting greater... and greater. All of the Tigers are planning on
attending Cub Scout Day camp (yes, %100).
Yes, I do use some motivational awards to entice them to attend
activities. The judicious use of lanyards, beads, claws, and leather
badges make our Tiger Cubs unique. If anyone is need of additional
"ideas" to perk up thier Tiger Cub Groups, then please e-mail me, and I
will give you plenty of simple yet effective ways to invigorate your
Yours in the Scouting Spirit,
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City