Tiger Cub Beltloops
Roger Claff (Reclaff@AOL.COM)
Wed, 26 Feb 1997 20:48:48 -0500
Kirk Barley asks what positive we offer Tigers by letting them earn
In Pack 1570, Tiger Cubs are CUBS. They are part of the pack. They are not
separate but equal - they are equal, period.
If a Tiger Cub participates in sporting events, alongside Wolves, Bears, and
Webelos, and does his level best, how can we award beltloops to the Wolves,
Bears, and Webelos, and NOT to the Tigers? What kind of message would we be
sending? That the best efforts of a first-grader amount to nothing?
Wouldn't we, in effect, be saying, "Nice try, kid, but come back when you
If I wanted to send that message, I'd be a Little League coach. Pack 1570
doesn't operate that way. In Pack 1570, scouting is for ALL scouts.
The answer to Kirk's question is that by awarding beltloops to Tigers we
offer the same positive we offer to Wolves, Bears, and Webelos. That
positive is the reward that comes from trying one's best.
As for the possibility of Tigers becoming "scout-saturated," that simply
shouldn't be possible. As scouts get older, their skill levels advance, and
they become more proficient with practice. More is expected in the
definition of "trying one's best." So our answer in Pack 1570 is to allow
scouts to earn multiple beltloops in the same sport or academic subject, as
the scouts get older. One beltloop may be earned in each rank year, if the
scout so wishes.
In my humble opinion, to not allow Tigers to fully participate in the
challenge of the Cub program because they might somehow exhaust the program
is to miss an opportunity. These little guys can do remarkable things! All
they're waiting for is an opportunity from their leaders to show what they
It's up to us as leaders to give them those opportunities, and to keep the
challenges coming, not to hold the challenges back. If our scouts ever get
"scout-saturated," the shame is not that we exposed the scouts to the program
too early, it's that we failed to keep an exciting and challenging program
going as they got older.
And I for one don't intend to see that happen...
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City