Re: Tiger mania from Philmont
Marie E. Lackore (mlackore@ATHENET.NET)
Thu, 15 Aug 1996 10:23:11 +0000
> On Monday, Ellen DeVilbiss wrote about the changes to the Tiger
> Cub program. Her information comes from someone "who headed
> the task force to make these changes" and accurately reflects
> how the new program is INTENDED to be run.
1) IMMEDIATE recognition kits are for immediate den use. At this age it's hard
for a boy to wait several
> weeks until the next pack meeting for the recognition. 2) Even
> with 2 meetings per month for each Tiger den, in any given month
> they may not choose the pack meeting as one of those 2
> meetings. Thus they would miss getting their bead for another
> month. 3) Even when the pack meeting is one of the 2 meetings
> for a Tiger den, individual boys may miss the pack meeting.
I disagree here. I think that these Tiger Cub Scouts have felt quite
left out at the Pack Meetings because they have not received any
badges or trinkets if you may. Boys this age are so darned proud of
their accomplishments. Half of the thrill for them is walking up in
front and receiving - the more people the better! For the past
several years, we have awarded the Tiger Paws in such a fashion at
the Pack Meetings. Our retention of Tigers to Cubs has increased
tri-fold. They are always thrilled to be called up front.
Yes...immediate recognition is important...but never take away from
the ceremony that awards that recognition.
Also, the new Tiger Mania program does not state that the Tigers
should chose between one of the two aforementioned outings. There
are now to attend two outings a month - 1. The Tiger Cub Outing and
2. The Pack Meeting. There are also doing family type things on
their own to relate to their "Big Idea".
> This year our pack may have more than 3 dozen Tigers. Our
> pack meetings are pretty full already without individually
> recognizing another 30 to 40 boys every meeting.
Make time! Don't forget who butters your bread. Todays Tigers are
tomorrow's Cubs, just as today's Cubs are tomorrow's Boy Scouts. If
time is a factor, simplify the ceremony, but don't give the Tiger
Cubs the short end of the stick. They have been getting the short
end of the stick since the inception of the Tiger Program. With the
introduction of Tiger Mania, that will no longer be acceptable!
There are now recognized by National as full-fledged Scouts and an
intregal part of the Cub Scout Pack. They are no longer an island
floating somewhere off the coast.
Marie E. Lackore
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Gathering Waters District, Bay-Lakes Council
I used to be a BEAR, a good old BEAR too...
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