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Tiger Cubs is an exciting introduction to the scouting program for first grade boys (or 7 years old) excited to get going! Tiger Cubs do stuff - lots of stuff - with their adult partners. This program is intended to open up the world to inquisitive minds along with the caring guidance of adults. The first steps along the Boy Scout Trail are laid here and every rank advancement through the scouting program builds on the basic categories of activity done as tigers.
How to Join:
- Go to BeAScout.org
- Click the 'Cub Scouts' tab.
- Enter your zipcode and click the arrow button.
- Click on a Pack near you to see its contact info so you can call the Pack or your local Council about joining.
- Complete a BSA Youth Application and Health Record and give them to the Cubmaster of the Pack you choose.
The Tiger Cub program runs on two levels. The scout and his adult partner meet weekly to do activities centered around the family. Then, the scout and adult partner meet with the rest of the tiger den to fulfill Den Activity and Go See It requirements.
A little Tiger Trivia:
- Tigers had a totem that was hung from the belt until 2006. It was replaced by a totem that hangs from the right pocket, similarly to the Wolf and Bear progress beads.
- Tiger Cubs did not earn the Bobcat rank. In 2006, the Bobcat rank became the first rank earned by all Cub Scouts, including Tigers. The Tigers had their own motto, but now they just use the Cub Scout motto.
Tiger Cub Motto:
Search, Discover, Share
- For a few years, up until 2001, the Tiger Cubs had their own promise to memorize. That has been discontinued and they use the Cub Scout promise now.
Tiger Cub Promise:
I promise to love God, my family and my country,
and to learn about the world.
Tiger Cub Den Leader:
An energetic, well-trained, and caring Den Leader is critical to the success of a Tiger Den. The Den Leader plans the program of activities for the year and makes that plan available to all the adults. But, the den leader does not organize and run every den meeting and outing, instead the actual running of the program is done through shared leadership with the adult partners. A Tiger Den relies on the support and enthusiasm of its families! Each adult partner should sign up to lead at least one month's meeting and Go See It outing. This shared leadership helps ensure participation by all, provides a sense of ownership to all, and gives each scout a chance to work on leadership skills - skills that he will work on all the way through Eagle Scout.
Tiger Cub Den Leader is a registered volunteer BSA position. Every Tiger Den is required to have a registered den leader whose responsibilities are:
- Work directly with other den and pack leaders to ensure that their den is an active and successful part of the pack.
- Coordinate shared leadership among the Tiger Cub adult partners, ensuring that den meetings and outings are planned, prepared for, and conducted by all adult partners on a rotating basis, and that the den activities provide advancement opportunities for the boys in the den.
- Attend pack leaders' meetings.
- Lead the den at the monthly meeting and pack activities.
- Ensure the transition of boys in the Tiger Cub den into a Wolf den at the end of the year.
| Starting the path to the Tiger Cub Rank, a scout first earns the Bobcat badge - this is the first step for all Cub Scouts. |
But, a Tiger Cub will really earn his Tiger Cub Totem first because its requirements are very simple and it gives him something tangible to receive at the first pack meeting, even if he did not complete all the Bobcat requirements. The Tiger Cub Totem requirements are:
The Tiger Cub badge is presented to boys who have completed all 15 parts of the five separate achievements - five Family activities, five Den activities, and five Go See It outings. Once a boy, or all the boys in a den, earn their Tiger Cub badge, it should be presented to the scout's adult partner at a pack meeting, who then presents it to the boy. The badge is sewn on the left pocket of the Tiger Scout uniform.
The den activities and Go See It events should be completed with the entire den. Attendance at den events is important - for both the scout and adult partner. Of course, if a scout has a conflict with a den event, he can perform that activity with his adult partner at some other time.
Tip: While your scout is working on advancement, his den leader will track his progress on the Tiger Cub Den Advancement Chart. Make this easier by tracking progress in the Tiger Trail chart of the Tiger Scout handbook. Have your tiger bring his book to every den meeting so the den leader can transfer marks from book to chart.
Tip: Keep in mind that participation is the key goal of the Tiger Cub program. There is no level of competence or skill required to earn the rank badge. Don't push your scout to succeed, just participate and enjoy the time together.
- F = A 'FAMILY' oriented requirement
- D = A 'DEN' oriented requirement
- G = A 'GO SEE IT' oriented requirement
- Making My Family Special
- 1F - Think of one chore you can do with your adult partner. Complete it together
- 1D - Make a family scrapbook
- 1G - Go to a library, historical society, museum, old farm, or historical building, or visit an older person in your community. Discover how family life was the same and how it was different many years ago.
- Where I Live
- 2F - Look at a map of your community with your adult partner.
- 2D - Practice the Pledge of Allegiance with your den, and participate in a den or pack flag ceremony.
- 2G - Visit a police station or fire station. Ask someone who works there how he or she helps people in your community.
- Keeping Myself Healthy and Safe
- 3Fa - With your family, plan a fire drill and then practice it in your home.
- 3Fb - With your adult partner, plan what to do if you become lost or separated from your family in a strange place.
- 3D - Make a food guide pyramid.
- 3G - Learn the rules of a game or sport. Then go watch an amateur or professional game or sporting event.
- How I Tell It
- 4F - At a family meal, have each family member take turns telling the others one thing that happened to him or her that day. Remember to practice being a good listener while you wait for your turn to talk.
- 4D - Play 'Tell It Like It Isn't.'
- 4G - Visit a television station, radio station, or newspaper office. Find out how people there communicate to others.
- Let's Go Outdoors
- 5F - Go outside and watch the weather.
- 5D - With a crayon or colored pencil and a piece of paper, make a leaf rubbing.
- 5G - Take a hike with your den.
- How Do You Celebrate?
Think of a time when your family celebrated something, and then tell the den about it and how it made you feel.
- Making Decorations
Make a decoration with your family or with your den. Display it or give it to someone as a gift.
- Fun And Games
With your family, play a card game or board game or put a jigsaw puzzle together.
- Display A Picture
Make a frame for a family picture.
- Family Mobile
Make a family mobile.
- Song Time
Along with your adult partner, teach a song to your family or to your den and sing it together.
- Play Along!
Make a musical instrument and play it with others. The other can sing or have instruments of their own.
- Your Religious Leaders
Invite a religious leader or teacher from your place of worship to your home or to your den meeting.
- A New Friend
Help a new boy or girl get to know other people.
- Helping Hands
Along with your adult partner, help an elderly or shut-in person with a chore.
- Helping the Needy
Help collect food, clothing or toys for needy families with your pack or den.
- A Friendly Greeting
Make at least two cards or decorations and take them to a hospital or long-term care facility.
- Making Change
Using U.S. pennies, dimes, nickels, and quarters choose the correct coins to make the following amounts: 15 cents, 50 cents, 29 cents, 60 cents, 35 cents, 59 cents
- Reading Fun
Together with your adult partner, read a short story or magazine article.
- Our Colorful World
Mix the primary colors to make orange, green and purple.
- Collecting and Other Hobbies
With your den, show or tell about something you like to collect. -OR- Tell your den about a favorite hobby or activity.
- Make a Model
Make a model.
- Sew a Button
Sew a button onto fabric.
- Magic Fun
Learn a magic trick and show it to your family or den.
- Get the Word Out
With your den, make up a PSA skit to tell people about Tiger Cubs.
- The Show Must Go On
Make a puppet.
- Picnic Fun
With your family or with your den, have a picnic : outdoors or indoors.
- What Kind of Milk
Find out what kind of milk your family drinks and why.
- Help in the Kitchen
Help the adult who is preparing a family meal to set the table and clean up afterward.
- Snack Time
Make a snack and share it with your family or den.
- Phone Manners
With a toy phone, or a disconnected phone, practice making phone calls and answering the telephone.
Talk to your adult partner about what to do if these things happened:
- The adult who is caring for you becomes ill.
- You are alone with someone who makes you feel uncomfortable
- Smoke Detectors
With your adult partner, check the batteries in the smoke detector in your home or in another building.
- Safety in the Sun
Talk with your adult partner about when you should use sunscreen. Find out whether you have any in your home and where it is kept. With your adult partner, look at a container of sunscreen and find out whether it still protects you when you are wet. Also find out how long you are protected before you have to put on more. Look for the expiration date and make sure the sunscreen is not too old.
- Plant a Seed
Plant a seed, pit, or greens from something you have eaten.
- Learn About Animals
Learn about an animal.
- Feed the Birds
Make a bird feeder and then hang it outdoors.
- Cleanup Treasure Hunt
With your den or family, play Cleanup Treasure Hunt.
With your adult partner, think of a way to conserve water or electricity and do it for one week.
- Fun Outdoors
Play a game outdoors with your family or den.
- See a Performance
With your family or your den, go see a play or musical performance in your community.
- Take a Bicycle Ride
Take a bicycle ride with your adult partner.
- Bicycle Repair
Visit a bicycle repair shop.
- Go to Work
Visit the place where your adult partner or another adult works.
- Fun in the Water
Together with your adult partner, go swimming or take part in an activity on water.
Visit a train station, bus station, airport, or boat dock.
- Fun at the Zoo
Visit a zoo or aquarium.
- Pet Care
Visit a veterinarian or an animal groomer.
- Dairy Products
Visit a dairy, a milk-processing plant, or a cheese factory.
- Fresh Baking
Visit a bakery.
- Health Teeth and Gums
Visit a dentist or dental hygienist.
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Learn about what you can recycle in your community and how you can recylce at home. Learn about things that need to be recycled in special ways, such as paint and batteries.
- Go for a Ride
Take a ride on public transportation, such as a bus or train.
- Your Government
Visit a government office such as the mayor's office, the state capitol building, or a courthouse.
Visit a bank.
This information is intended to make Tiger cub scout dens more productive and interesting for the scouts. A cub scout at the Tiger level needs a lot of activity made up of short, interesting games, projects, and challenges.
More Tiger Scout Information to Use:
Tiger Scout Leaders - Responsibilities of the Tiger den leader
Tiger Scout Achievements - Tasks to perform to earn the Tiger recognitions
Tiger Scout Electives - Extra things to do to earn Tiger Track beads
Tiger Scout Activities - great den meeting and pack activity ideas
Tiger Scout Awards - see what awards are available to Tiger scouts
Tiger Scout Ceremonies - a few ceremonies
Cub Scout Games - den or pack games just right for 1st graders
Tiger Scout Graces - fun meal graces
Tiger Scout Jokes - funny, gross, and silly jokes for scouts
Tiger Scout Projects - community or conservation projects for your Tiger den
Tiger Scout Recipes - easy recipes you can make with your tigers for fun snacks or on family campouts
Tiger Scout Skits - skits that Tiger Scouts like to do
Tiger Scout Songs - songs for scouts
Tiger Scout Stories - choose stories that Tiger scouts will enjoy and understand
Tiger Scout Uniform - make sure you put all those badges and patches in the right spots
Cub Scout Academics & Sports - extra recognition opportunities
Tiger Scout Schedule - sample schedule of meetings and activities
Sep 25, 2012 - Kecia
In the Tiger Den, all the parents are 'Assistant Den Leders'. It is not a requirement in a Tiger Den for the Assistant's to wear a uniform, however the Den Leader should.
In the Wolf, Bear, and Webelows Dens, both Den Leader and Assistant Den Leaders should both wear a uniform.
Home this helps.
You can schedule repeats of past activities, or new activities to fulfill the requirements, or let the families complete them alone.
If a scout doesn't complete the rank requirements, then he doesn't earn the Tiger rank. The Cub Scout program year typically ends about June 1, but whenever your pack transitions to the next den level is how you should do it. Going back to finish earlier rank work once a scout transitions to a new den is not correct.
Probably first & foremost to remember, is the Cub Scout "doing his best".
For Tigers, participation is considered completion.
Do the boys understand what the Pack Law, Oath & Motto basically mean? Depending upon where these boys are developmentally, you may need to ask somewhat leading questions. You can ask them "Do you think you are doing your best to learn and practice these?" If they say "no", then hold off and encourage them to "do your best!"
All of pin requirements state: "Earn the _______ belt loop and complete five of the following requirements:" The worksheets make it sound like the two go together and the pin can only be earned after the belt loop has been earned.
This question was forgotten it looks like so I'll answer it. According the the Guide to Advancement (2011) it states, "Belt loops, which can be earned more than once,
are awarded when each of three requirements is met.
Cub Scouts may then continue with additional requirements
and earn the pin."
Hope this helps.
Mar 18, 2013 - Elly
My husband got a book and is going to do tiger scouts at home with our 5 year old son. How can he Actually earn badges while doing it at home?? Is this possible?
A 5 year old boy is too young to be a Tiger Cub Scout. See the BSA Youth Application that states he must be 7 years old, or completed kindergarten, or in first grade.
It is not acceptable to send Tigers to activities without an adult partner.
"Do Your Best" is the Cub Scout motto, and that goes for leaders as well as scouts. Leaders knowing what is required and then doing something less or something different is not good. Leaders doing what they feel is best for the scouts with what they know is all that is asked.
Of course, putting in effort to learn what needs to be known is part of the job of a leader. There is quite a bit of training and support for new leaders - Den Leader Training, District Roundtables, Unit Commissioners - and I hope you can take advantage of that in your area.
For example, Elective #3 could be marked as completed every time the scout makes a puzzle with his family, but maybe #9 would be a better one to work on multiple times.
Scroll down to "2015 Updates: Cub Scouts".
Don't worry about being behind. Your son and the other scouts won't know the difference. They will be happy to have another scout in the den. Most packs try to have the requirements for a rank met by February. You have plenty of time to catch up on any of the requirements they have already accomplished.
The Tiger activities are intended to promote character, fitness, and citizenship at a level appropriate for 1st graders. The requirements for belt loops and pins in the Academics and Sports program are intended to help a scout improve, develop, and explore new things, not to win or achieve proficiency.
So, I was very surprised to find the New Tiger requirements for 2015-2016 have become 300% more complex. No new leader will go for this. I'm not sure where in BSA these new requirements come from, but this is not good. Not good at all. There will be no 'honesty' possible since these new requirements will be impossible to meet by Feb 2016. Will we have Tigers who are getting their Tiger badges even without doing all the requirements? Or Tigers who never earn their badges, simply because there is not enough time or not any leader/parent who has time to keep track? What happened to a Tiger program where the Akela and Tiger could just have fun while doing the requirements?
And, those new requirements come from a dedicated team of about 75 volunteer scouters. I expect they took feedback from many other volunteers about the current Tiger program to develop it to its next level, more in line with Wolf and Bear programs.
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