Welcome to the Tiger Den – 1st Grade

uniform_tigerTiger 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: Click here to contact one of our leaders.

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 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.

TIGER CUB SCOUT ACHIEVEMENTS

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 totemPrevious Tiger Totem that hung from belt:
tiger cub badge

 

  • F = A ‘FAMILY’ oriented requirement
  • D = A ‘DEN’ oriented requirement
  • G = A ‘GO SEE IT’ oriented requirement
  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.

TIGER CUB SCOUT ELECTIVES

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.
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