Re: Tiger Cub Program
Jim Miller Sr. (JJMSR@AOL.COM)
Fri, 8 Mar 1996 12:41:36 -0500
In a message dated 96-03-08 04:38:18 EST, redcoat@NEXTSTEP.NET (Keith Tilley)
>The current Tiger Cub program
>doesn't contain enough material to sustain a year of weekly meetings
That, my friend, is the rub. Based on the program as designed by national,
the Tigers are not supposed to meet weekly. Tiger cubs are supposed to cover
one big idea monthly. One activity and maybe one meeting a month will occor
with the group. Otherwise, activities are undertaken with the parent or
adult partner AT HOME - NOT WITH THE GROUP.
Tiger cubs is supposed to be a gradual introduction to scouting, not a "kump
in with both feet at a weekly meeting" approach.
As Tiger Cub Group Coach for our pack, I recommend that the group meet every
two weeks. If they are taking a field trip, I suggest that they substitute
that for a meeting not do it in addition to a meeting. The parents, as a
group, hopefully in consultation with the boys, then decide on their own
In our area, we have had a situation for years in which the Pack meets every
week. We do not have seperate den meetings. (I know it is not by the book.)
We also have the Tiger group meet in the same hall as the pack, but in a
seperate corner, and according to their own desired frequency. This works
for us. I typically spend five to ten minutes with the group at the
beginning of the meeting to make sure they get started, and another minute or
two as they are about to wrap up (they typically leave before the pack ends
it's meeting at 9PM). During those final minutes, I make sure that some
parent has taken responsibility for the next meeting or activity, I find out
when it will be, and I make announcements about upcoming pack activities that
they are invited to participate in.
Our Tigers are invited to our holiday and halloween parties, to participate
in the Pinewood Derby, to march in parades and to any other special events
that the pack plans.
Run this way, the program works pretty well. Not perfect, mind you, but
well. It sounds to me from what I have read here, that the new Tiger Mania
program will begin to look more like what we are doing.
By the way, we have retained as Cubs most of the Tigers that have
participated since we started doing it this way AND we have had significant
number (over 50%) of the Tiger partners become leaders of one sort or the
other in the Pack. It may not be universally successful, but it works for
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City