Deirdre LaRock (butterbuns@EARTHLINK.COM)
Wed, 5 Jun 1996 07:37:14 -0400
It is my understanding that scouts cannot register to become Tiger Cubs
until they are in the 1st Grade, not just graduated from kindergarten. I
was told that this IS National Policy. I got a LOT of flack last year this
time when I questioned it so it is still fresh in my mind. And, if they are
NOT allowed to be registered on a National level, then obviously there is NO
insurance for them. Which would prevent them from participating in Summer
Camp Programs. We do not have a program at our camp for Tigers-to-be for
this reason. What we do have is a Pixie program. It is for the sons and
daughters of camp staff. Obviously, you can make this program as elaborate
or simple as you like. It is provided at low cost ($3/wk or $1/day) to the
volunteers in order to make it easier for them to volunteer.
At our camp, we concentrate on getting achievements and electives done for
the individual ranks. Having worked with the Wolves last year, I can
guarantee you that it is difficult enough getting the attention of 8 boys
who have finished first grade. What kind of program could you set up for
those who have yet to start? Tigers have no set achievements, or electives
per se. And, I can't imagine wanting to spend a whole day alone with 8 of
them. I believe, National Policy is that there must be one adult for every
two boys, while a one to one ratio is very much encouraged.
While we do not invite Tigers-to-be to summertime camp, we do invite them to
attend our other summertime activities. We are very active over the summer.
We have three or four activities planned each month. This allows the boys
to stay active (with nearly one activity each week) and hopefully each and
every boy will get the summertime pack award. Our activities are geared
toward achievements, as well. We go on educational field trips to nature
centers, and areas of historical significance. The boys have fun and get
things signed off in their books. It keeps them interested over the summer,
and it whets the appetite of the younger soon-to-be cubs. It also keeps the
parents involved on a fun level.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City