Tiger mania from Philmont
Barry C Runnels (Barry_C_Runnels@MMACMAIL.JCCBI.GOV)
Fri, 16 Aug 1996 13:38:33 CST
Remember, Tigers were added to the Cub Scout Program to get back boys
lost to other youth groups who started taking away Cub Scouts by
grabbing them in the 1st grade.
>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!
From experience as a CM, I learned there is BIG difference from 1st
grade to 2nd grade. Tigers can't read very well, they aren't very
experienced with big groups, and their attention span is very small.
This is not bad, its normal. The reason the Tiger program keeps
changing is because this age group is very different from the other
ages. Tigers haven't got the short end of the stick, we are just still
trying to figure out what is best for them.
>Make time! Don't forget who butters your bread. If time is a factor,
simplify the ceremony,
Please look at it from the CM side. The CM has to create a Pack
Meeting that keeps the attention of all the boys from the age of 6 to
11. The program has to be fun and or entertaining from beginning to
end to keep those boys and parents coming back. The CM can't take away
from the other Scouts just to fit in the Tigers. The Tiger program
must fit in with the same standard of quality.
> 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.
Wow, 3 dozen Tigers. 30 to 40 boys is another 20 to 30 minutes. A CM
works hard to prevent boring awards presentations. I appreciate Peter
for thinking of all the boys. Immediate recognition is not a bad idea
because the Tigers earn several beads and Tiger Paws every month. The
awards won't have the same meaning a month later at the Pack Meeting.
One idea is the CM can bring the Tigers up and shake their hands and
congratulate them for a job well done.
Remember the boys age when making changes this year, they are almost
babies. Do what feels right for these boys. We need them.
Our pack is not effected much by the new program. We have been running
our Tiger program almost identical to the new Tiger Mania concept and
we have great success. But we don't ask them to start Pack Meetings
until December. The Parents like this because it gives them time to
catch up on all the other new programs for the 6 year olds.
"Mighty" Pack 339
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City