Re: So what should we give the new Cub leaders?
Susan D. Loder (Turtle671@AOL.COM)
Sun, 22 Sep 1996 00:22:38 -0400
Yes, there was a new Fast Start tape released this year. Check with your
Council office. It discusses the changes in the Tiger Cub program, among
At bare minimum, a new leader should have access to a Cub Leader book, the
Program Helps for the current year, a How To book , Cub Songbook, Den Chief
handbook (even if they don t have a den chief!!) and Group Meeting Sparklers,
and somehow see Scouting magazine and Boys Life. Note: I said have
access to , ie. borrow from an existing (or retiring) leader especially if
cost is an issue. These items and others should be in your pack s library.
Don t have one? Start now! In this library should also be a Staging Den
and Pack Ceremonies, copies of the boy s handbooks (from Tiger Cubs through
Webelos, including the Webelos Den Activities handbook) and the new Tiger Cub
resource book, as well as the sports and academics booklets and leaders
guide. Let s see--add the Insignia guide and Guide to Safe Scouting, Cub
Scout Fun book. I d also add the BSA Family book to this pile.
Did I forget anything? Probably, but the above is a minimum, IMO. Save the
previous years Program Helps and any PowWow books (from anywhere!) that you
can get your hands on, and add these to the library, too.
One of the other things I'd suggest is a "People" file--who has good info,
who is a good contact for this, that or the other. Make sure these folks
agree to be contacted!
As far as what they should personally have, the tiniest minimum would be
whichever book that den will be working out of, and the Program Helps. Ready
access to the above list until the leader decides what can be afforded and
what is necessary to them is necessary, but they will also need to read their
areas in the Leader book, too! Someone on the pack committee should shepherd
the new leaders and make sure they get the info.
Den numbers should be assigned before the pack meeting, if you have ANY idea
of the number of new dens. Less confusion. Got any retired den numbers?
Any whole dens graduated last year? Use them.
Don't let them off the hook about training--be a nag! Remember, there is a
self study option for basic training that should be available at the Council
office (but it's a LOT MORE FUN and informative if you get to a "regular"
training session), so if they have access to a VCR they have no excuse.
Would they start a new job without knowing the
duties/responsibilities/hazards etc? Same difference. Trained leaders have
a better chance of understanding and delivering the program. And having more
fun with their dens! The more you know, the better you go.
(i'd better get going myself!) Hope this helps.
Susan L firstname.lastname@example.org
Cub leader trainer etc.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City