Re: Indian Princess
Ed Darrell (EDarr1776@AOL.COM)
Wed, 28 May 1997 18:06:24 -0400
In a message dated 97-05-28 16:50:31 EDT, jlade@JUNO.COM (James E Lade)
<< I was
wondering if a program like this is elsewhere in the world (she lives in
Orlando, FL). She gives it rave reviews, so I am under the impression it
was a worthwhile program to get involved in. >>
Indian Princesses (for girls) and Indian Guides (for boys) are offered by the
YMCA in many cities. Call your local Y to see if they sponsor a nation.
The program is a father/child affair -- rules are that there are not tribe
meetings where the father and child do not attend together.
Our two sons and I participated, before joining cubs. You can get the kids
enrolled in kindergarten; in the Dallas area we have access to three camps
that offer great activities that kids that young usually don't get (horseback
riding, for example). Our group south of Dallas has an annual Christmas
party, and an annual pinewood derby (with a much different car and track set
up). It's real informal, you get to meet and work with several other Dads in
the same position -- I recommend it. My impression is that Tiger Cubs was
started partly as a way to keep kids from getting hooked on Guides/Princesses
instead of Scouting.
The informality will get to you quickly, however. Our youngest son has asked
to go into Cubs next year, and we may take most of our tribe with us.
Also, I have the impression that most Y groups have never had the program
campfire building lesson that every kid at Philmont's conservation camp and
most kids in JLTC get -- and there are some wild stories of campfires gone
awry that I could tell . . . but I won't.
Ed Darrell, Duncanville, Texas
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City