Richard Fletcher (richard.fletcher@WORLDNET.ATT.NET)
Wed, 26 Feb 1997 14:32:22 -0800
In response to Deidre's comments...
In our county's year-round schools, the first "track" of students start
school a few days after July 4. This track is also the first to complete
the school year the first week of June.
My council began recruiting prospective Tigers from kindergarteners
approx. two years ago. Records became quite confused when the boys
entered in grade K and then the council computer automatically updated
them to grade 1 on June 30-July 1. Records showed they were wolves but
weren't. This was corrected.
My council's recruiting times are near the end of April and in September.
Tigers my pack recruits in April are "inducted" into the pack at the May
pack meeting and then begin meeting about June (depending on the group)
and attending once-a-month summertime pack activities.
I started to say I don't know why the council is in such a hurry to
register these boys when they would not qualify for another 3-4 months,
but I believe it has quite a lot to do with the competition Scouts face
with sports programs and Indian Guides, with each trying to one-up the
other in setting the first enrollment opportunity.
With a little creativity there's no reason why any group of any age would
run out of things to do. There are numerous outings and activities
appropriate for Tiger-age boys in all communities, and of course, and
endless supply of iron-on tiger paws to earn. Should groups complete
every one of the Big Ideas, I've not read any material stating the Big
Ideas cannot be repeated and interpreted/presented differently by a
different parent & Tiger pair.
I'm not sure that signing up kindergarteners at the end of their school
year is too early. From my experience, though, I believe Tigers meeting
on a weekly basis is too much. Once to twice a month and attending most
Pack meetings works best from my observations. Opinions will differ, but
I believe there's plenty of time for the boys to start the real "cub
I've read all of the new Tiger program information I've found but know
there must be more printed by National about these changes. Sure do wish
National would send an update to each unit on policy changes or include
the total change in _Scouting_ rather than the few highlights I normally
I also believe that many of the suggested activities in the new Tiger
Resource handbook are not geared for the average six-year-old first grade
boy. So many of them are from Wolf and Bear materials which have been
passed around for eons.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City