Tiger Cub Scouts

Tiger Scout Resources for a Great Program

Tiger Scout Resources for a Great Program

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Cub Scout Motto
Do Your Best
Cub Scout Promise:
I, [name], promise to do my best
To do my duty to God and my country,
To help other people, and
To obey the Law of the Pack.


Tiger Cub

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:

  1. Go to BeAScout.org
  2. Click the 'Cub Scouts' tab.
  3. Enter your zipcode and click the arrow button.
  4. Click on a Pack near you to see its contact info so you can call the Pack or your local Council about joining.
  5. 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:

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 den leader

Tiger Cub Den Leader is a registered volunteer BSA position. Every Tiger Den is required to have a registered den leader whose responsibilities are:
  1. Work directly with other den and pack leaders to ensure that their den is an active and successful part of the pack.
  2. 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.
  3. Attend pack leaders' meetings.
  4. Lead the den at the monthly meeting and pack activities.
  5. 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:
  • Learn the Cub Scout Motto
  • Learn the Cub Scout Sign
  • Learn the Cub Scout Salute
He can then use the totem to display his achievement beads as he earns them. An orange bead is presented for each Den requirement, white for each Family, and black for each Go See It. A yellow 'Tiger Track' disc is presented, only after the Tiger rank is earned, for every group of 10 Electives the scout completes.

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.

Current Tiger Totem that hangs from right pocket:
tiger cub totem
Previous Tiger Totem that hung from belt:
tiger cub badge

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.


A yellow 'Tiger Track' disc is presented to a scout for every 10 Tiger Electives he completes. He can do electives at any time but can only receive the yellow discs after earning his Tiger rank badge.
  1. 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.
  2. Making Decorations
    Make a decoration with your family or with your den. Display it or give it to someone as a gift.
  3. Fun And Games
    With your family, play a card game or board game or put a jigsaw puzzle together.
  4. Display A Picture
    Make a frame for a family picture.
  5. Family Mobile
    Make a family mobile.
  6. Song Time
    Along with your adult partner, teach a song to your family or to your den and sing it together.
  7. Play Along!
    Make a musical instrument and play it with others. The other can sing or have instruments of their own.
  8. Your Religious Leaders
    Invite a religious leader or teacher from your place of worship to your home or to your den meeting.
  9. A New Friend
    Help a new boy or girl get to know other people.
  10. Helping Hands
    Along with your adult partner, help an elderly or shut-in person with a chore.
  11. Helping the Needy
    Help collect food, clothing or toys for needy families with your pack or den.
  12. A Friendly Greeting
    Make at least two cards or decorations and take them to a hospital or long-term care facility.
  13. 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
  14. Reading Fun
    Together with your adult partner, read a short story or magazine article.
  15. Our Colorful World
    Mix the primary colors to make orange, green and purple.
  16. 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.
  17. Make a Model
    Make a model.
  18. Sew a Button
    Sew a button onto fabric.
  19. Magic Fun
    Learn a magic trick and show it to your family or den.
  20. Get the Word Out
    With your den, make up a PSA skit to tell people about Tiger Cubs.
  21. The Show Must Go On
    Make a puppet.
  22. Picnic Fun
    With your family or with your den, have a picnic : outdoors or indoors.
  23. What Kind of Milk
    Find out what kind of milk your family drinks and why.
  24. Help in the Kitchen
    Help the adult who is preparing a family meal to set the table and clean up afterward.
  25. Snack Time
    Make a snack and share it with your family or den.
  26. Phone Manners
    With a toy phone, or a disconnected phone, practice making phone calls and answering the telephone.
  27. Emergency!
    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
  28. Smoke Detectors
    With your adult partner, check the batteries in the smoke detector in your home or in another building.
  29. 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.
  30. Plant a Seed
    Plant a seed, pit, or greens from something you have eaten.
  31. Learn About Animals
    Learn about an animal.
  32. Feed the Birds
    Make a bird feeder and then hang it outdoors.
  33. Cleanup Treasure Hunt
    With your den or family, play Cleanup Treasure Hunt.
  34. Conservation
    With your adult partner, think of a way to conserve water or electricity and do it for one week.
  35. Fun Outdoors
    Play a game outdoors with your family or den.
  36. See a Performance
    With your family or your den, go see a play or musical performance in your community.
  37. Take a Bicycle Ride
    Take a bicycle ride with your adult partner.
  38. Bicycle Repair
    Visit a bicycle repair shop.
  39. Go to Work
    Visit the place where your adult partner or another adult works.
  40. Fun in the Water
    Together with your adult partner, go swimming or take part in an activity on water.
  41. Transportation
    Visit a train station, bus station, airport, or boat dock.
  42. Fun at the Zoo
    Visit a zoo or aquarium.
  43. Pet Care
    Visit a veterinarian or an animal groomer.
  44. Dairy Products
    Visit a dairy, a milk-processing plant, or a cheese factory.
  45. Fresh Baking
    Visit a bakery.
  46. Health Teeth and Gums
    Visit a dentist or dental hygienist.
  47. 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.
  48. Go for a Ride
    Take a ride on public transportation, such as a bus or train.
  49. Your Government
    Visit a government office such as the mayor's office, the state capitol building, or a courthouse.
  50. Banking
    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
Thank you very much for this information.  We are very new to scouting and this is just the information we need!
Sep 27, 2012 - Katie
Thank you. This page has been very helpful. I am new to Boy Scouts and volunteered to be a Den Leader for the Tiger Cubs.
Oct 08, 2012 - Joel
Thanks for posting this.  I'm working on my woodbadge ticket to create a tiger leader orientation guide and this is very helpful.  
Oct 09, 2012 - MJ
Thank you so much for posting this amazing resource! The families in our Pack use this site anytime they're looking for Belt Loop and Pin requirements to work on at home and we send new families to this site to tide them over until they get their handbooks. I use it when I need to pull up information quickly to answer questions about various requirements. I really appreciate that you've taken the time to put all the handbooks and manuals in one place - AND provide ideas for leaders on how to implement them AND give a little history as well!
Nov 13, 2012 - Mike
Do Assistant Den leaders wear a uniform?
Nov 13, 2012 - Scouter Paul
Mike - all registered adult volunteers can (and should) wear the uniform, especially those working directly with the scouts.  That includes Asst. Den Leaders.
Nov 14, 2012 - Eagle James
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.
Jan 15, 2013 - Mike
I have a situation where some of the Tiger Scouts are going to be completed with all of the 15 achievements this month but others still have a long ways to go.  Is it acceptable for them to complete their Den achievements and Go See It achievements with their families or do I reschedule additional Go See It field trips and revisit Den achievements during den meetings to get the other boys caught up?  Also what happens if by the end of the school year some boys haven't completed the fifteen requirements?
Jan 15, 2013 - Scouter Paul
Mike - On page 18 of the Tiger handbook, it says "The den activities and Go See It outings are intended to be completed with the den. If a Tiger Cub is unable to participate in an activity because of illness or a conflict, however, you may work with him to complete, to the best of his ability, these requirements."
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.
Jan 17, 2013 - Janine
Thanks Scouter Paul for clarifying the "Go See It".    I have a couple of boys that missed one of ours and are happy to see that this one is easy enough for the parent to do (went to our local Library and saw a lot of older ways our townsmen communicated)
Jan 28, 2013 - Jesus
Is it alright to do ALL the requirements by yourself. My son is the only Tiger.
Jan 28, 2013 - Scouter Paul
Jesus - Yes, that's ok since you don't have much choice.  It might be more fun for your son if you could find a friend of his to join him as a Tiger.
Feb 06, 2013 - Cubmaster S
Do all Tiger Adults need to go on the Go See It trips with their sons?  Or if an adult can't make it can a Tiger go with another Tiger family?  I think an adult has to be with their Tiger for everything but can't find a definitive answer in the guide to safe scouting.
Feb 08, 2013 - Michael
I have 7 tigers 1 has his bobcat 4 have completed the requirements and will be presented it at the next awards in two weeks. My problem is the last two, they are nowhere close to knowing the promise or the law. I have asked if they are working on it at home, I was told yes but after 6 months into it I question how much.  We practice them as a group in the meetings but that is not going to get them their in time.  I am looking for any suggestions as to how to help the kids learn these.  Most of my group including these two only need 2-4 requirements to complete the tiger badge also.  I have those last ones comming up soon on the plan.  So really the promise and law requirements are keeping these two boys from two badges.  I welcome any suggestions.
Feb 14, 2013 - Jim
Hi Michael;
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!"
Feb 22, 2013 - Dolores
 I have a question about the Academics and Sports Program.  The Cub Scout performs the three requirements and receives a Belt Loop for an Academic or Sports Belt Loop. He then moves on to the Wolf Den.  Does the Belt Loop he earned in the Tiger Cubs count toward the pin requirement in the Wolf Den or does he have to start over and earn another Belt Loop?
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.

Mar 05, 2013 - Brad
Hello Dolores,

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 11, 2013 - Aimee
Something to keep in mind with bobcat they must earn this BEFORE they start on anything else. They can not work on tiger cub, wolf, bear or webelo requirements until this is completed. As far as "go see its" I make it very clear at the begining of the scout year with my parent about advancement. I give them a letter laying out the scout year and that there will be homework and there will be field trips that they must attend to be awarded their advancement and can not be made up during den time. As far as belt loops I allow my scouts to earn the belt loop as a tiger and then work on the pin as a wolf if they dont get it done as a tiger. The belt loop/pin program is something they do the whole time they are in scouts not like their advancements where they have one year to complete them. I dont make them start over. But as a webelo some of the belt loops they must earn as a webelo.
Mar 11, 2013 - EJ
The requirements for the Wolf (or any badge) must be completed within a 12 month period.  For instance our calendar starts in June so any requirements completed after June 1 count towards the rank the scout is trying to earn, any requirements (belt loops included) before June 1 do not count towards the Wolf badge, the scout would have to complete those requirements again.  The Tiger visit to a Fire Station does not count toward his Bear requirement to visit a Fire Station. The swimming beltloop earned when the scout is a Bear does not count toward his Webelos Aquanaut pin.
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?
Mar 25, 2013 - Nancy
Hi All! My husband and I are leading my son's tiger den and we got a little bit of a late start and we are just now finishing up our requirements for the Tiger Badge.  One that we have left is the den activity requiring a leaf rubbing - we live in the north east and there aren't many leaves here yet.  So my question is this - is it ok to replace the leaf rubbing with doing a rubbing from the tree bark during a den hike?  This is a great site, just wish we had found it a sooner ;)  at least we will be on tract next year.  Any insight in to this would help us so much!  Thanks in advance!
Mar 26, 2013 - Scouter Paul
Nancy - What's the intent of that activity?  I believe it's to get scouts outside enjoying the wilds around them and getting more in touch with it.  I don't see a problem with rubbing tree bark, but I bet your scouts would have no problem discovering some leaves that fell last fall - and rubbing them.  While you're out rubbing bark, how about rubbing a big rock and anything else the scouts want to try?  Doing rubbings is one way to start showing scouts how to minimize their impact outdoors, rather than taking the natural item home with them.
Apr 15, 2013 - Julie
My son started Cub Scouts this past fall as Wolf (he's in the 2nd grade) and this is our first experience with Scouting.  He loves Cub Scouts and I anticipate that our family will be participating for many years.  Is it possible for him to earn his Tiger badge now?  He would like to earn it so that there is not an empty spot on his pocket.  I've heard conflicting information regarding this.  I am now the Wolf den co-leader and I would like to offer to work with the other first year Wolf Cub Scouts in our den over the summer to complete it.  Thank you!
Apr 16, 2013 - Scouter Paul
Julie - He'll just have to get used to that empty spot.  He can not go back and earn Tiger.
Apr 18, 2013 - Eagle 412
I don't believe Aimee is correct about not being allowed to work on other requirements prior to earning thier Bobcat badge.  As an example, the Tiger Cubs can earn the instant recognition badge prior to earning their Bobcat badge.  My understanding is that they cannot be awarded the other rank badges until they have earned their Bobcat Badge.  The Tiger Cubs can most certainly earn the beads associated with the different activities and be awarded them prior to earning their Bobcat Badge.  The same would apply to earning beads during the wolf rank.  Preventing boys from participating and earning their beads and passing requirements would seem to me to be going against the intent of the Cub Scout program.
Apr 19, 2013 - Scouter Paul
Eagle 412 - You are correct.  Scouts can do activities towards their rank requirements, but can not be awarded their rank until they first earn the Bobcat rank.
May 01, 2013 - barb
Hi, I saw that the question I wanted to ask was already asked, but had no follow-up. Can you provide this answer?

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?
May 01, 2013 - Scouter Paul
Barb & Elly - There is a 'Lone Scout' program with the BSA.  Participating in this program is how a single boy can do Scouting.  It is intended for boys in rural or other settings where there is no local scouting group for them to join, or other special circumstance.  If there's a Pack by you, your son should join it.

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.
May 01, 2013 - Scouter Paul
Also, see Lone Scout Guide

Dec 05, 2013 - Kristin
My son, who turned 7 in November, is in kindergarten because we requested that he repeat K5. Could he still join a cub scout troop in December? Or do we have to wait until September 2014? Thank you for your response.
Dec 05, 2013 - Yukon Jack
@ Kristen. Cub scouts is an age/grade program. Age 7 is the age for Tigers (8 for wolves, 9 for bears, 10 and 11 for webelos) so he should be able to begin, but he would move through dens by age and thus would never transition with the rest of his group...unless you found a pack that only uses age to determine den. Cubs is a very flexible program with this and some units are simply more flexible than others. Good luck.
Jan 05, 2014 - Clint
New to scouting with my tiger cub, and I can't make an upcoming den meeting and go see it (scheduled on the same day) because of a work conflict. Can my son still attend if I make arrangements with one of the other families in the den? Our den is made up of a number of boys from our neighborhood who are trusted friends. Thanks!
Jan 05, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Clint - You (the Tiger's adult partner) should attend all Scouting with the scout.  If you are unable, another adult (such as your spouse or the Tiger's grandparent) can take your place, but each Tiger should have an adult partner present.
It is not acceptable to send Tigers to activities without an adult partner.
Jan 23, 2014 - Sarah
I have been a new Tiger Den leader for a few months for my first grade son and group.  I WISH I had found this site earlier.   I guess I have been confused (we have no one to tell us what to do, we were handed the book, that was all)..  Turns out I may have messed up, I didn't follow the five areas to the letter.  For instance, we made the scrapbooks for each boy for their year as a Tiger and counted it as a den activity (not the family activity by making a family one). Lots of things like that - we are having the boys go on a family hike or walk and counting it as a family activity and will be doing something else for that 'go see it' event.  I thought we were doing ok until I read all of this site.  Is it too late for us? We are supposed to be done with all requirements by March so we would not have time and I feel like a failure to my group.  
Jan 23, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Sarah - Tigers is a learning time, for new scouts and leaders!  I was a Tiger den leader and that's one of the main reasons this site was created - as a resource for other newbie scout leaders.  
"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.
Jan 29, 2014 - Sarah
Thanks Paul, I am unaware as to whether any of the above exists in my area but this isn't something I think I will be pursuing after this year :-).  I really think there needs to be further training for people who offer to be the leaders for new Scouts when there is a group of 8-12 with absolutely no scouting experience.  this year has been full of nothing but frustration.  Thank you for this site, hoping the rest of our months go a bit better.
Feb 20, 2014 - Carrie
There are only 50 Electives for Tiger cubs, but there are 10 discs. 1 disc is given per every 10 Electives completed how do they get the rest of the discs?
Feb 20, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Carrie - From the Tiger Handbook: "Many of the electives offer several things that a boy can do to receive credit for completion.  Boys may do electives more than once and count them toward a Tiger Track bead each time they are completed."

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.
Feb 21, 2014 - Carrie
Thank you Scouter Paul, I needed clarification so that I can make our Den Leader aware of this.
May 21, 2014 - Britt
My soon just advanced received his Tiger patch. does he continue to wear his tiger totem? And when will he stop wearing it?
May 22, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Britt - When he joins his Wolf den, he should start a new recognition scheme and no longer use the Tiger Totem.  But, he can still wear it through his time as a Tiger if he wants to.
Aug 23, 2014 - Pam Morin
Hi all - speaking from experience I feel like the Tiger program is severely lacking.  The "Go see it's" are too complicated for most packs to do.  I would rather see more focus on things like basic knot tying, safety, teamwork, respect and building physical strength.  I've heard they are changing the programs for next year, has anyone heard what they are changing it to?
Oct 05, 2014 - JD
@Pam Morin - Information on changes to the Cub Scout program is available at the following link:


Scroll down to "2015 Updates: Cub Scouts".
Oct 07, 2014 - Ryan
I've got two kids in my Wolf Den that have recently joined. They have earned their Bobcat Badges. I understand they don't have to earn the Tiger Cub Badge, but are they given it? Is that part of the badge diamond left empty?


Oct 07, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Ryan - Cub Scouts do not go back and earn ranks from earlier grades.  These new Wolf scouts just do not get the Tiger patch.  That spot on the uniform is left empty.
Oct 22, 2014 - Heather
What month does cub scouting usually start?  I have a 1st grader interested in joining, but we haven't heard anything through school and the pack I emailed for info hasn't gotten back to me.  Do new dens form in December, or we already behind?
Oct 23, 2014 - John
Most packs run active programs during the school year with summer activities.  There are also year-round packs.  All scout leaders are volunteers.  Most have job and family considerations. Very few can dedicate full time to the program.  We try to get back to people as soon as possible but sometimes things are missed.  If you know when and where the pack meets you can go to a meeting.  You probably want to do that before you commit anyway.
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.
Oct 25, 2014 - dlinkous
my son is a Tiger, he is running a 5K tomorrow. I see there are loops for many things. running really isn't one of them. what kind of recognition can he receive for doing such a big task for only 6 years old. this is the second time he has run this race. there must be something we can apply it to.
Oct 25, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@dlinkous - When a person runs a race, the reward and recognition is normally given at that race by the race organizers.  A practically infinite list could be made of things a boy can do outside of scouting that results in no recognition by the scouting program.
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.

Oct 25, 2014 - dlinkous
That's a good point, Thanks. I just wish there was some way we could tie it in.
Oct 28, 2014 - Dana Mann
Do Tiger Cub Achievements have to be done in the order they appear in the handbook? or can they be worked on out of order. Example: do all the family achievements first before any den or go see its.
Oct 28, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Dana - They can be done in any order.
Nov 22, 2014 - Seasoned Scouter
I can relate to Sarah's concerns as a new Tiger parent.  I've been there, and it took years for me to understand the program.  My son is a Star Scout, but I am still helping our former pack so it doesn't fall apart.  

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?  
Nov 22, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Seasoned - Sure the new Tiger requirements will be doable.  There will be 6 required 'adventures' plus 1 'elective', rather than 5 'achievements'.  They are not difficult.  They don't take a lot of time.  There's no reason anyone would cheat the Tigers out of completing the requirements as presented.  Doing one adventure each month from September to February gets through them all.

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.
Dec 18, 2014 - bart
FYI on Achievement 3D - the Food Pyramid is no longer used and was replaced by MyPlate a few years ago. It was deemed inaccurate etc.  Don't teach that. The scout handbook also needs to be updated.  Here is info on the new way of looking at nutrition the kids learn in school and we should be consistent with. It has activities you can use:


and article about it: www.washingtonpost.com/national/usda-replaces-food-pyramid-with-myplate-in-hopes-to-promote-healthier-eating/2011/06/02/AGRE16HH_story.html
Feb 22, 2015 - Kristy
The elective #41 is Transportation.  I offered to help out for one of the den meetings.  The leader said-sure can you do something for transportation.  No problem, I thought.  So when I looked in the book and it just says go visit a terminal or bus/train station I was like wait, what?  I will double check with her, but i dont think she meant for me to plan a go see.  We are in a small town and dont actually have any of those in town.  What direction should I take to be helpful.  This is for a group of rowdy 1st graders. Any help would be appreciated!!
Feb 23, 2015 - Scouter Paul
@Kristy - Checking with the den leader makes sense.  If you wind up doing #41, is there ANY public transportation in your community?  If not, is there any place where freight is loaded for transportation, such as a grain elevator or some sort of loading dock, like WalMart?  If absolutely nothing, then it might be interesting to find out when the gasoline gets delivered to a local gas station and explore the process of getting fuel to personal automobiles for transportation.

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