The Order of the Tyger’s Cub

09 Oct

At Endewearde Hunt last weekend, a Tyger’s Cub was made. Three, actually. In the court report that Mistress Brita posted to the East Kingdom Gazette, it was noted that one the members of the order who welcomed the new members had received his Tyger’s Cub 20 years ago.

That made me go check the OP.

I received my Tyger’s Cub at Panteria, on May 25, 1998. It was given to me by Timothy and Gabrielle, who, funnily enough, almost won crown in Aethelmearc this past weekend.

I was 11 when I received the award, which makes it now older than I was when I got it.

This past summer, at Great Northeastern War, the average age of the members of the Order was 17. I was proud to stand next to my companions, ranging in age from 25 to 7.

I think it is incredibly important for those of us who have grown up in the SCA and received that honor, and gone on to continue our careers look back and recognize those who are on that same path. I make a point of always rising and joining the Order when called, even when others my age felt it was “time for us to be grown-ups” I am a grown-up. And because of that, I am a role model to those younger than me.

It is important to recognize the service that has gotten them recognition, and also to show them the company they are in. Of the Tyger’s Cubs I’ve known personally, I can think of two Barons, a Baroness (besides myself), multiple members of the Queen’s Order of courtesy, a Duchess, a member of the Order of the Tyger’s Combattant, more than one member of the Order of the Sagitarius, two young men who died while in service to their country, fencers, fighters, and archers. Throughout the kingdom, members of the Order of the Tyger’s Cub continue to do service, to participate, and to make our society a better place.

It is important to show our youngest members what we expect from them, and how much we believe that they are an integral part of our society.


Posted by on October 9, 2012 in Opinion


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12 responses to “The Order of the Tyger’s Cub

  1. Collin Monro

    October 9, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Well said, and I whole heartedly agree.

  2. Arianna of Wynthrope

    October 9, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Nicely said. My kids have the equivalent AEthelmearc order, and I hope they continue to stand with the order when they’re adults.

  3. Andrixos

    October 9, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    In Calontir, Sir Damien MacGavin is a Companion of the Queen’s Chalice. The adult members of the Queen’s Chalice sponsor a Root Beer Float party for the Children at Lilies.

    • leoneted

      October 9, 2012 at 9:06 pm

      That sounds like a great idea. I’ve joked for years with my fellow adult members that we should have an order meeting. Nothing says Order Meeting like root beer floats.

  4. Lord Cormac Longstrider

    October 10, 2012 at 7:32 am

    I was the person who received my Tyger’s Cub in April of 1994, from Prince Gregor II, and stood with my fellow Companions at the Endewearde Hunt. I think that having a order meeting is brilliant.

  5. Suzanne Veter

    October 13, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    I’m thrilled to see your post! I received my o.t.c. on 06/16/79, the day after my ninth birthday. One child had been given the award a year before, but then moved out of kingdom shortly after. This made me the acting principal of the order. Queen Aidan had no scroll ready to present me and with the award being so new, she wasn’t quite sure what to say to me. ( the were very few active kids at the time) I remember getting the verbal equivalent of a pat on the head, everyone cheering, me blushing and stumbling my way back to our feast table.

    I was made a page to Baroness Morgan Elandris at the same event. She and my mother, (now Viscountess) Angharad of the Sleeping Lion felt I could help incorporate children into the Society. I offered my services to Princess Tamara and there began a tradition of the Tyger Cubs being royal pages.

    Over the years, I served High Table, stood attendance in court, helped dress the HRH’S and HRM’s, ran small errands and generally anything I was asked. Some royals really did work me. Others coddled me and on more than one occasion I remember napping under the Queens cloak in the Royalty Room.

    It was generally a lovely experience and I’m glad to see the award is still given out and that the grown up members still represent the order with affection!

  6. Lord Lorenz Greylever

    May 5, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Just yesterday (5/4/2013) at the K&Q Rattan Championship the Order was called in, and I was happy to rise and join in, though when I received mine on 11/18/1989 these newest members were not even around yet.

    There was a round of giggling when people saw me stand, but I did not let that stop me from going up. it has happened more than once when I go into Court for the Order, this was the latest of times, which prompted me to search for information on the Order, and brought me to this wonderful post of similar experiences, and a beautifully written statement of my own sentiments.

    I am glad to know that I am not the only ‘Senior Member’ of the Order that makes it a point to show that eventhough we are past the age of being Pages to the Crown, we do not forget our history, and strive to continue on into the future and support those entering behind us.

    Baroness Leonete D’Angely, you are not alone, and I am glad to know that I am also not alone in the feeling that we continue to be a role model to those younger in the Order, and have stayed with the SCA even after our term had ended. There are so many that either do not play any more, or as has been said, believe that we need to ‘grow up’. This makes me ponder however, as it is the child within me that is the driving force to keep playing our game, and my personal/inner Peter pan refuses to forget the childhood past.

    Perhaps a tag line, or cheer…

    Once a Cub, always a Cub!

    Before coming across this post I have been wondering, if there is some more active role that we, the Senior Members, can persue within the Order itself to help grow the newest members, bring back those that may have stopped playing, and bring a deeper feeling of comradeship to all members of the Order.

    Perhaps a Root Beer float party, or something similar at Pennsic for the OTCub, would be happily attended? We have 74 days to plan something! Ideas?

    I am more than willing to help organize such a thing. You can find my contact information on the supplied website, or comment here and we can exchange information then.

    OTCub ‘as of A.S. XXIII’

    • Leonete

      May 14, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      Hi Lorenz,

      I am working on a plan for an Order meeting, although it may not happen this Pennsic. I will get in contact with you!


      • Suzanne Veter

        May 14, 2013 at 11:03 pm

        Oh, please post the info about a meeting..I would love to attend!

    • Andrixos

      May 14, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      On May 4, AS 48, in Calontir, Sir Damien MacGavin, a Companion of the Queen’s Chalice, the equivalent award in Calontir, won Crown Tourney.

      • Leonete

        May 14, 2013 at 4:27 pm

        That is awesome, Drix. We had a Tyger’s Cub in the final 16 last October, but that is as close as we have gotten

        • Suzanne Veter

          May 14, 2013 at 11:06 pm

          On May 4th, my dear husband ,Viscount Ariel of Alon, while fighting for me, came in second at Aethelmearc crown.


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