Re: Tiger Cub Programs should be AWESOME!!!
Norman J. MacLeod (gaelwolf@SSNET.COM)
Sun, 10 Mar 1996 09:16:42 -0500
You asked if stretching the Cub programme to five years would dilute it to
the point where Cubs would become less rewarding, especially the Wolf year.
I can understand your concern, and I believe the Tiger programme should be
separated from the Cub programme, along the lines of the Beaver programme in
other countries (which has a different name - such as Joey in Australia - in
other countries). That aside, a more active Tiger programme means something
that we ALL have to pay attention to and consider for a Scout's entire
A more active Tiger programme (and it's about time, as far as I'm concerned)
means that there ahs to be a programme "notch-up" for the following years.
This means that there will need to be a little more challenge and adeventure
built into your Wolf, Bear, and Webelos programmes, so that your Cubs will
not run out of new things to do. It also means that we will have to follow
through and do the same in the Troop programmes.
Not such a bad concept, to my thinking...
If a programme becomes less rewarding to its participants, the answer is NOT
to hobble the junior programme so that the children will have something to
look forward to. If you do that, all you accomplish is the dissapointment of
significant numbers of the members of the junior programme. Dissapoint them
enough, and many will vote with their feet. Once they are gone, they are far
less likely to look in our direction for something to do ever again.
It's all well and good to want to provide them with "something to look
forward to", but you also need to challenge them to the maximum of their
interest and ability at their age level. Many youth groups do not do a very
good job in that respect
Perhaps that is where we need to concentrate our approach, eh?
Try this Scouting Link in your WWW browser:
Includes "The Serious Side of Scouting" pages where we take
on subjects such as ADD and survival training courses
for Scouts and Leaders, along with much, much more!
All pages optimised for use with the Netscape Navigator.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City