Tigers: Belt loops and Day Camp
Mikele Hushing-Kline (spinynrm@FIX.NET)
Thu, 27 Feb 1997 10:24:04 -0800
This question gets knottier and knottier.
Laurie, as of this past fall, Tiger Cubs ARE Cub Scouts. It is a change
in the program
from previous years, but for the first time, Tigers are a PART of the pack.
And...Tiger Cubs are NOT Cubs Scouts. (WHAT???, I hear you saying). They
are not Cub Scouts the same way that Webelos are not Cub Scouts. Every one
(Tigers, Wolf, Bear, Webelos I & II) are part of the Cub Scouting program,
but Tigers are Tigers, Wolf and Bear are Cub Scouts, and Webelos I & II are
I know this response will probably get me a lot of flack, but this is the
simplest way to explain it.
And to agree with your first line: Tigers are not supposed to get Belt
Loops. The program was developed for older boys. Until the program is
adapted (which I'm certain WILL happen), it needs to be kept for the boys
it was intended for.
I get tired of having all these questions argued back and forth, when the
simple answer is to ask the Cub Scout Division at National, so I asked my
SrDE to do that for me. The answer is no. Now, some units, districts and
councils may do otherwise, and I suppose that is their choice. But their
choice is outside of National policy.
The other information that was volunteered by National is that no, Tigers
are not authorized to attend all week at Cub Scout Day Camp. It IS
completely appropriate to have a Tiger Cub Day that the Tigers can attend
for one day. As a Day Camp Director, I would be very concerned that your
camp would loose it's Accreditation for having Tigers at camp all week. I
also question whether BSA would cover your liability and medical insurance.
(I suspect it wouldn't)
I know there are a lot of Tiger Coaches out there who won't like to hear
this, and I'm sorry if I offend them. Sometimes I get a bit too "book"
driven, but I just like the correct information to be "out there".
In the Scouting Spirit,
Del Norte District
Los Padres Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City