Tiger mania from Philmont
Kenneth De Vilbiss (K_E_DeVilbiss@MSN.COM)
Mon, 12 Aug 1996 05:59:04 UT
Well we've been back from Philmont for a week and are still trying to catch up
with our lives as we leave for another 7 days in the morning (Monday). But I
really wanted to post a few things I learned at Philmont about the changes to
the Tiger Cub program. If you have any questions for me please send them
direct to me as we will be trying to set the account to no mail again. (It
didn't work last week and we came home to 600+ unread messages, I've got it
down to 331 now.)
Joanne Letnaunchyn, who headed the task force to make these changes was
of our instructors and so I feel we truly do have the straight skinny on what
the BSA is trying to do with this program. Most of the changes were things
many units were doing anyway, or at least versions thereof. The name "Den"
and the idea that Tigers attend all appropriate Pack meetings were done to
strengthen the tie to the rest of the unit for the Tigers. The 2 meetings a
month could be 3 if the Den wants. One meeting must be a "Go & See It" and
the second should be the Pack Meeting or a Pack activity, but if the Pack is
doing something that they feel is too hard for the Tiger Cubs, the Den should
do a second Den activity, not necessarily a trip. Dens may choose to hold a
second meeting if they want and, since they are to be included in the Pack
Meeting, may need to in order to prepare their song, cheer, etc.
The Resource Book is excellent and is meant to be handed to the Den
Coordinator as a expansion of the Family Activity Booklet that every family
gets in their packet. So when the Den does Nature & Energy, and the
Suggestion reads "Make and race Creepy Critters", you can turn to the Nature &
Energy section of the Resource Book and find the instructions on how to make
"Creepy Critters" (Walnut shell halves with marbles). The change to the
Tiger Tracks which go on the shirt is cosmetic, They depict the 17 Big Ideas,
plus one plain in case of repeats. But the Tiger Participation Paw is new.
This is a leather belt totem that is to be presented by the Cubmaster after
the T. C. boys & partners learn the T. C. motto & promise. Then the boy
receives an orange bead at every Pack function he attends and a white bead for
every 5 family activities he does. These are to be presented by the Cubmaster
too. The new shirts are the required uniform, no more iron-on decals. They
have white crewnecks, but won't be available until all the old stock is gone.
Denver Scout Shop already has the old solid orange on sale.
For the Cub Scout uniform, when they graduate there is a small rectangul
patch that is to be worn just below the right pocket, where recruiter used to
go. Recruiter, when they earn it goes below the Tiger Cub patch. (They can't
earn recruiter as a Tiger Cub.) Any current Cub Scout who was a Tiger cub can
put this patch on his shirt. It does NOT carry over to Boy Scouts. It is not
a rank patch. Instead the Tiger Cub Coach is to be working with the boys so
that they can earn the Bobcat rank at graduation. Cubmasters are to help with
the transition by meeting with the dens in March/April to answer questions and
prepare the boys and adults for graduation (and recruit Wolf Den Leaders).
Each Tiger Cub Den has one adult who acts as Den Coordinator. This isn'
registered position. This is the person the TC Coach calls on each month to
see how things are going, pass on information the Den needs, and generally
help out. The Coordinator makes sure the host family for the month is ready.
The Council/District is to support the Tiger Cub program by having a Dis
Tiger Cub Chair. This person is to organize a District Tiger Cub Only event
(if the council doesn't do one) and maintain a District "Where To Go" Book for
use by Tiger Cub Dens. They are also suppose to help with recharter and
Well that's all I have time for. I got to go pack for Iowa. Going to
Burlington to see Ken's folks as Dad just got his right knee replaced. Then
to Council Bluffs to fix my Dad's computer backup system. Be back Monday the
19th. See you then.
Ellen DeVilbiss K_E_DeVilbiss@msn.com
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