August Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
Volume 8, Issue 1
Webelos Communicator & Citizen
Tiger Cub Big Idea #1
Idea 1: Getting To Know You
York Adams Area Council
This Big idea is the first
theme of the Tiger Den. Boy Scouts
of America wants the Tiger Den to become a team and the best way to guarantee
it’s success is for everyone to get to know one another. The Tiger and his partner will also become a team as they run
their designated monthly theme. Using
this Big Idea, allows them to also get to know one another better.
This is the one theme that
is done by the Tiger Cub Leader with the group to show them how to run a meeting
when it becomes their turn. The
group them continues with this theme for the month. Family Activities are encouraged to strengthen the
The First Meeting:
The Tiger Cub Leader will need to be prepared for this one.
He/she should have the list of names of both Tigers and his partner and
activities planned. These should be
copied out so that each team has a copy to facilitate communication within the
den. The Leader will also need to
have an agenda with specific items to be discussed.
He/she should have the Tiger Den Notebook ready to be passed on.
This should include the roster of the Tiger Den, a list of the Pack’s
leadership with telephone numbers, a Pack Calendar of Events, the Tiger Cub
Resource book and a monthly list for sign-up.
The Tiger Cub Leader
should also have a simple craft for the Tiger Teams to complete.
Boys love making things, and this gives them something to take home and
show off to their friends. This craft has a twofold
purpose; to give the tiger Team something of which to remember their
first meeting and to show others what fun Tiger Cubs can be. Remember, when his
friends see how much fun the Tiger is having, they also will want to join.
As the Tiger Teams arrive, have a simple
puzzle for the tiger to put together. This could be just a picture of the Tiger logo glued to card
stock, cut apart and placed in an
envelop. Try to have one for each tiger. While the boys are putting the puzzle
together, check with the Tiger Partner for the correct spelling of names and
that you have correct addresses and telephone number. If they have not received their Tiger Packets, now is the
time to distribute them.
Opening: Begin the
program with the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance to the US Flag.
Following this, the Tiger Cub Leader introduces his/herself and explains
their role. He/she can then explain the Tiger Cub motto or pledge.
This is the time of information sharing. Start this session with having each
boy introduce his partner, explain their relationship, and share his ideas of a
favorite food or dessert. This can
be a fun time, leading to lots of smiles as the partner finds out what his/her
favorite actually is in the boy’s eyes. Next
the Tiger Cub Den Leader begins her information sharing.
He/she will cover the basics of the Tiger program, assist the Den in
choosing a Tiger Cub Coordinator, and discuss the contents of the Tiger packets.
Uniforming is then discussed and the den is encouraged to make a
decision. Set a time limit for the Tigers to have their uniforms. When
discussing the uniform, it helps if the Leader has examples.
The Tiger Cub Leader will
want to discuss how a meeting works. He/she will discuss the assignment of Teams
to take a monthly theme and encourages the Teams to sign-up and helping them to
choose their monthly themes. Den activities can be suggested and the Leader will
review Pack Policy concerning ‘field trips.’
At this point, the Tigers
are getting restless and need some activity. One such activity that will last
them the entire year is the making of a Tiger Tales Scrapbook.
Explain that this book is to be used to put their thoughts and momentos
of their year in Tigers into. The
scrapbook can be just prepunched typing paper placed in either a orange
three-prong folder or covered with orange construction paper.
The Tiger then can decorate his scrapbook in whatever manner he desires.
He may have his partner letter the scrapbook for him. Have plenty of Tiger
stickers, crayons, markers and other decorations for the Tiger to use.
Closing: The Tiger
Cub Leader uses this time to remind the Tiger Group that they are now a Den and
of any upcoming Pack events, especially the first Pack meeting. He/she then
closes the meeting with the Cub Scout Promise.
1. Make a Den totem to
place on top of the Tiger Den Flag
2. Have everyone make a
name tag necklaces.
3. Make a Tiger Cub
magnet---using an orange milk jug lid, cover edge with #674529 tape or yarn, glue
a magnetic strip to the back.
4. Set up a monthly
meeting poster. Decorate it with Tiger pictures. Have everyone fill in their
assigned months. Post at Den meetings.
5. Discuss what you would
like to do and see as a Tiger.
6. Have the partner draw a
picture of his/herself with their Tiger doing a favorite activity. Have the
Tiger color and place in his scrapbook.
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