Tiger Cubs and Den Leaders
James D Wellborn 325 795 2010 (WELLBOJ@MAIL.FIRN.EDU)
Tue, 2 Sep 1997 16:01:34 -0500
We're having the second part of our open house tonight. We do 2 schools.
In the last 3-4 years groups of Tigers starting at 21 (!) to 14 have not
been uncommon. By the end of the year, We'll have enough for a regular
sized Wolf Den.
Much of what your doing is what has to be done. Many parents are use to a
football or soccer league with a staff already set. Unless they are
teachers in some capacity, many feel uncomfortable with the idea of
presenting to a group of youngsters. It's a learning process for them as
well. A good (having knowledge, experience and the TIME to share it) is a
wonderful benefit. This much you knew...
We do not say that a child is in a Den until two or more parents sign as
leaders and committ to attending the training. Once phone numbers are
exchanged THEN we announce the formation of a Den. Then we take
We get the big eyes and the "but my son really wants to...." no leaders, no
Den. And stick with it.
Last years school night, the Pack ballooned to 135. With attrition and
graduation we entered a rechartering month at 101. With the June
graduation and attrition, we're between 80-90. Some Dens merged. One Den
who used the old "relying on Hazel" for everything EVERYTHING fell appart
because Hazel said No one helps for 2 years, enough's enough. Eight sets
of parents wouldn't come up with a solution. Many options were given.
They all wanted the Babysitters part of BSA and someone like Hazel is rare.
Soooo TC's is a taste for parents to see that it's FAMILY oriented not
sit in the bleachers or run to the store. Come Den time, it's on them. We
don't terrorize them. We assure as much as possible about training and
"We've all been the nervous one". We're giving incentives tonight. Three
"Program Helps" to the first three Dens and a NEW edition of the Leaders
Handbook at 1/2 price.
We've been blessed with numbers, but we use to be a scattered hodge podge
of wanna be's with no adults to do xyz. The "firm" way works better for
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City