Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Tiger numbers
Re: Tiger numbers
John and Bernadette Curry
Thu, 15 Oct 1998 11:47:47 -0400
Bob writes: <clip> It is difficult to argue for a "follow the National
program" when your Council runs a Tiger round up in April-May each year
targeted at Kindergarten boys. That is clearly against the National program
and research on the Tiger program, As you correctly state it is a 9 mo.
Boy I can see both sides of this one. But bottom line it is tough for the
volunteers to know which way to jump. And just where to concentrate their
It's not just a matter of numbers vs. program. Spring recruitment has merit
and many possibilities. Our pack wants to recruit in spring to have all the
dens up and running in the fall. It's not just a numbers game to us - we
sincerely want the Tiger (& Cub) program to start in September. Something
that it hasn't done 100% yet. There are usually a few boys unplaced and one
Tiger den that doesn't get organized until mid- to late-October.
The council's (National Capital Area Council - NCAC) big push is in fall and
I'm not, personally, for recruiting twice. But I don't see how you can just
ignore recruiting at the start of the school year (which is what our
Committee wants to do). We started recruiting in early August (like last
year) and we still have boys to place in Wolf and Bear dens and must recruit
leaders for them. Our pack is starting its second year and we've doubled our
size each year.
*On the positive side*: Our Committee sees spring recruiting as a way to
grow the leaders into the job. We would have the Tigers as (registered)
"guests of the pack" at all our summer activities - a low key time to start.
During the summer the committee expects to see a Leader emerge and set that
person up for Tiger Coordinator and then grow that Leader from Tiger Den
Coordinator to Den Leader at the Wolf level. Same with other ranks as well,
put them into loose dens with no leaders, see who coordinates things and
voila a Leader rises to the top.
*On the negative side*: Everyone works hard on recruiting. I know I do! I
usually take summer off from full-time "Leadering" and become a parent and
part-time Cubber. While waiting for that Leader to emerge, who is going to
coordinate all these "loose" Tigers and Cubs? Cubs can't be put into
existing dens (lethargy may keep them there) and someone has to be the Point
Of Contact for these "Leaderless" dens. And if for whatever reason the POC
falls down on the job (we had 21 Tigers our 1st year and 18 this year - not
an easy job) the whole program may fall like a house of cards.
Don't get me wrong, I think that the "guest of the pack" idea is fine. (ooh
I can feel the flames already) It can fit with the National Program for
Tigers as they start *the Tiger program* in the school year. So, I've told
the Committee that if they want to recruit in spring, we will have to form a
sub-committee to recruit (all aspects of recruiting) and coordinate the new
Cubs and Tigers. They have tabled the idea until February for the second
year. Last year it stayed tabled.
BTW - What is the Firebird, Far West patch segment program? This is the 2nd
time today I've seen reference to the segment program and would be
interested in hearing about it.