Re: Tiger Cub Program
Ian N Ford (ianford@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Fri, 8 Mar 1996 18:09:07 +0000
We had that debate in UK a few years ago ... if we beefed up the Beaver
program then the Cub Scout program would not be attractive ... so they
improved the Cub Scout program.
When the Scout Leaders complained that the Cub Scouts had already been
camping the answer was simple ... make sure that the Scouts had access to
a high adventure program.
Kids do a lot of stuff at school that they used not to ... we need to
concentrate on the fun , outdoors stuff that Scouting specialises in ,
and in the development of individual kids through a progressive training
scheme which encourages each individual to " do your best " .
This is a world-wide problem as kids expect more and more from our program.
When B-P started Scouting in 1907 most inner city kids had not been
outside of their neighbourhood ... a five mile trek to the country and a
weekend camp was their annual holiday. Now I have kids in my pack in London
who vacation in Florida ... what was an adventure in 1907 is just boring in
1996 ... so we need to offer a more stimulating program that meets kids
more sophisticated tastes whilst recognising that underneath kids have
the same developmental needs.
our Beaver motto is " Fun and Friends " and that sums it up. The program for
six to eights or six to sevens needs to have those components. It also
needs to lead on to the next stage.
I tell my Beaver Scout parents that we offer a program through to eighteen.
A Beaver Scout will learn to clean a grazed knee and put on a bandaid.
A nine year-old Cub Scout will learn basic first aid. A Scout will gain
a Red Cross first aid certificate. Venture Scouts may well be working
with Mountain Rescue Teams or as lifeguards. but it starts with the
Beaver and the bandaid. Likewise the Beaver Scout may well be expected
to lead an activity for a few kids - maybe tell a story or run a game.
At Cub Scout stage the Sixer will be responsible for his Six for much of
the time. At Scout age the PLC should be running the troop.
So yes, here in UK we have the same challenges as folks in BSA seem to be
having with Tigers. It looks as though the program reviews are beginning to
address the issues, but there is still a way to go.
I will certainly look at the new Tiger Cub material when I can get hold
of it ...
AGSL 25th Greenwich Scout Group , London UK
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City