scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Questions of age and rank-Tigers
Bob Riley (Cubmaster639@AOL.COM
Wed Mar 01 2000 - 16:02:13 CST
Chris said :
<<The DD announced that because it was March already, the first graders would go ahead and start on their
Bobcat and work towards Wolf and forgo the Tiger program. He advised them to go ahead and purchase blue uniforms, etc. and the Wolf book.>>
---> I believe the rules on which den a boy is in,
related to his age and school grade, are pretty
True, those new boys would only have two months or so
in the Tiger program but, at least they will have "some"
of the Tiger program under their belts. Their parents too! And if they skipped the Tiger level they won't be able to wear the Tiger patch. They also won't be able
to "advance" to the next level with the rest of the
boys in May because they would already be at the next level.
<<he told the older boys parent he would put him in the Troop if he didn't get enough boys for a Webelos Patrol.>>
---> Again, the Troop has very explicit eligibility
rules also. Your council will not be able to
register him in a troop if he is not eligible. There
is no getting around that.
---> I'm sure you'll hear from others re: the exact
wording of rules and such. IMHO, your DD needs to
bone up on some of the basic policies, rules and guidelines of BSA.
Just yesterday I received an email from a dad who
just moved into my area. His boy was in a Bear den,
they moved and now the boy is in fourth grade and is
nine years old. The boy dropped out for awhile and
now wants to get back into Cub Scouts. Hooray! He thought his son could now complete his Bear achievements. Sorry, there is no going back.
If he had "earned" his Bear badge but, it was not awarded or presented to him (for whatever reason)
I could have given him his Bear badge.
Remember, "The program is flexible,
....the policies are not".
Hope this helps.
Cm & WDL
Twin Rivers Council, NY