Re: Tiger Cub Beltloops
Kirk Barley (kbarley@EROLS.COM)
Thu, 27 Feb 1997 11:29:01 -0500
I like your approach to Cubs, it is an evolving area and eventually,
through efforts like yours, we'll add enough Tiger appropriate program
to take care of your concerns of fairness.
Right now though, I don't think that your approach stands up to real
life experience over the US Scouting program. There is not enough
program for Tigers to do Wolf things and still stay interested to
Eagle. I have seen National research and have had personal experiences
where boys have told me that they are dropping out because they have
done it all, that Scouting has nothing more to offer them. They were
Bears and Webelos. I've had Tigers, Wolves and Webelos tell me that
they can't wait to become old enough to be able to do the things that
their older bretheren are doing and that's why they are staying in the
After a Tiger earns Volley Ball, Baseball and Soccer he can't earn these
awards later. You have taken program away and given it to boys who
barely know how to play together (developmental level), much less how to
work as a team. They've missed the point of the beltloop for a
misplaced concern for fairness. Cubs can't do what Webelos or Boy
Scouts can, is that unfair? No, it is a simple recognition of the
developmental level of the boys and building and constraining their
program to those activities that best suit them.
Sure 1st graders can do great things, kids are capable of a lot, but to
get AHEAD comes at a cost. Kids can operate a business or conduct war,
but it costs them their childhood. In scouts they can do much of the
outdoor and activity program of older boys, but they become "saturated"
and complacent and the vehicle which we use to deliver our leadership
and moral training, activities and the outdoors, looses its appeal and
we lose the Scout before he learns the real messages of Scouting, to be
physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight and how to lead
his peers in the accomplishment of tasks. No great experience in Cub
Scouting can match these lessons.
Good topic, I think that this area need the continued efforts of
committed Scouters like you and honest, heartfelt debate for the program
to evolve to better serve our boys.
MCB Quantico VA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City