Tiger Cub Beltloops
Deborah J.C. Morrow (corzines@SIU.EDU)
Thu, 27 Feb 1997 11:25:47 -0600
I totally agree with Roger Claff. Each Scout that Pack 115 has is evaluated
on "Doing His Best" in regard to belt loops. I even have first grade
teachers that used the Heritage Academic Book as an activity for the entire
class (and the two Scouts within that class received the Heritage belt
loop). I have had boys earn belt loops for the same sport in different
Scouting levels (Tigers, Wolves, Bears, Webelos). They get better and
better, and they especially seem to enjoy working on academic belt loops.
Our Tigers are registered in September, meet at least once a month by
themselves, come to the Pack meeting, do all the "extra" things (Scouting
for Food, conservation projects, etc.), and are usually given a graduation
gift of Day Camp when they become Wolves. They are part of the Pack, not an
outside force that only looks in through a window or other separation.
IMHO, since I do not distinguish belt loops as advancement, the boys should
grow in skills, and should be given the opportunity to explore new ideas and
new skills. Hence, they should be allowed to earn multiple loops as they
CubMaster, Pack 115
>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...
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