Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1999: Tiger fishing and Pancakes
Tiger fishing and Pancakes
Fri, 3 Sep 1999 08:16:03 -0600
>>Have I told you about how we started a tradition of fishing and
>>pancakes for our Tigers every September. <snip>
>And any of you other current or former Cubmasters want to share a story with
>us, I don't think anyone will mind!
>Pulling up a stump in eager anticipation.... <grin>
Thanks Sean. Our Pack had just split and I was asked to be a CM of the old Pack
which had no leaders. I said no, and that is another story. Anyway eventually I
accepted the position and decided to fix what was broken. One of the broken
parts was Tiger program that had very low recruiting numbers and even worse
numbers of Tigers moving up into Wolves. We looked into the problems and changed
the Tiger program to where the parents where more responsible for the program.
We felt we had a pretty good idea to try but still needed to get the Tigers. So
one of our adults said, leave it to me, I will fix it. What he did was standup
on Cub Roundup night and invite all the Tiger age boys and their parents to
fishing and all you can eat pancakes the next Saturday. Wow!, that got a bunch
of tiger age boys to look at us.
The next Saturday, a couple of us adult leaders arrived at the pond around dawn
with a few 2nd year Webelos and bated hooks, cooked bacon, eggs, coffee and
pancakes on Coleman stoves and waited. It wasn't to long when we saw boys
walking up pulling their parents along. They would see the poles, take one and
run to the water to start fishing. The Webelos help them with baiting, casting
and what ever else they needed. The parents grabbed a cup of coffee to wake up
and watch, but eventually get involved with their son. We took lots of pictures
and eat lots of pancakes. After about an hour and half of this, we pulled
everyone together and explained our program. That first year we signed up about
20 Tigers in a Pack. Our new Tiger program worked well that year and we moved
100% of the Tigers into Wolves. Since then the Pack has averaged 90%.
The fishing and pancakes has always started the year off right. Even the morning
when the temperature dropped 30 degrees in 15 minutes. We even signed up boys
from the most skeptical of parents. I remember one dad at Cub Roundup because he
was angry at me for inviting his son who was begging to go fishing that next
Saturday. He was not interested in this Scouting thing because their family was
to busy and he said good night. He showed up with his son pulling his hand the
next Saturday morning, eat lots of pancakes and enjoyed the FUN. He is now a
Honesty I don't know who has more fun, the Tigers or me. To this day (seven
years later), parents still come up to me and say how much fun they had at the
Tiger fishing and all-you-can-eat pancake morning. I don't know how many, but I
watched a lot of boys catch their fish on those mornings. And there is no smile
like the one from a boy holding his first fish.
I hope they call me to come help this year. Yep, I love this Scouting Stuff.