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Baloo's Bugle

September Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 8, Issue 2

Down on the Farm
Webelos Citizen & Showman
 Tiger Cub Big Ideas 1 & 2


The Tiger Cub program has gone through some changes.  Tiger Cubs is for those boys who have completed kindergarten (or are 7 years old

The first step in earning the Tiger Cub badge is learning the Tiger Cub motto (Search, Discover, Share), the Cub Scout sign, and the Cub Scout salute.  He then will be awarded the Tiger Cub totem to be worn on his belt.  He receives this award at a pack meeting.


The Tiger Cub must then complete one den activity, one family activity, and one Go See It activity within each of the five achievement areas to earn the Tiger Cub rank.  He works with his adult partner to do this.  As he completes each of the 15 requirements, he receives an orange, white, or black bead at den meetings to add to his totem.

Achievement #1 Making My Family Special

1F Family Activity

During the time the Tigers are learning the Tiger Cub Motto, the Cub Scout Sign and Salute you can also work on this Achievement.  The Tiger Cub, along with his adult partner can make a chart using poster board outlining family activities, job and fun activities.  Allow the Tiger Cub to assign some jobs.  This will give the adult partner and the Tiger to a chance to plan ways to keep things clean and tidy in their home.The Tiger cleaning his room, taking out trash).  Let the Tiger assign a chore and a fun activity to plan with his adult partner, remember this is a growing up process for them.  Working together can reinforce in your Tiger the importance of the family and how every family member plays an important part in keeping their home in good shape.

Den Activity 1D

Make a family scrapbook

Materials:  Three-prong folder for each boy; 3-hole-punched typing paper; markers, crayons, stickers and other materials to decorate the cover.
Directions:  Have the Tiger Cubs decorate the folder and fasten the paper into it.

These scrapbooks are great if the Leader can keep them while the boys progress through the program.  They can add many projects to their scrapbook, even though it is a Family Scrapbook.  Be sure that the adults talk about if they want they Tigers to get the books upon graduation from Cubs or for the families to take home this first year.  Or better yet have enough material for 2 scrapbooks to be made.  In the Family Scrapbook let the Tiger put items in there that remind him of special memories that he has done with his family.

Go and See It-1G

Go to a library, historical society, museum, old farm, historical building or visit an older person in your community.  Discover how life was the same, and how it was different for a boy your age many years ago.

The following ideas come from the York Adams Council PowWow book.

1. Share the family photo album. Identify special

family members.

2. Share family histories and traditions.

3. Have a ‘families’ picnic. Get to know one another.

4. Have a group party. Use a holiday for theme.  How about a Valentines Party in October?

5. Design and make a family tree. Share it with others in your den.

6. Design a family coat of arms. Have the Tiger include special areas of the family’s past.

7. Conduct your own ‘Family’ activity.


Achievement 2 Where I Live


This achievement lets the boys learn about their communities.  Learning about their communities will help them realize that when they take care of it the stronger it becomes.  And they develop a sense of pride of their communities becoming good citizens of where they live.

Family Activity 2F

Together with your adult partner, look at a map of your community. The map can be one your adult partner has, or a map that your adult partner draws with you.  On that map locate your home, and find three places you like to go to.  Places to find on the map could be your school, your place of worship, the place where you have your pack meetings, a store, a park or playground, or the house of a friend or a relative.

If the choice is made to draw a map be sure to put this in their scrapbook.

Den Activity 2D

When we say the Pledge of Allegiance we show that we are proud to live in our country.
If you are wearing your Tiger Cub uniform when you say the Pledge of Allegiance, give the Cub Scout salute and face the U.S. flag.  You do not have to take off your Tiger Cub cap if you are wearing one.  If you say the Pledge of Allegiance when you are not in uniform, remove your hat, and place your right hand over your heart.  When you salute or place your hand over your heart, you are showing your respect for the flag.

Practice the Pledge of Allegiance with your den, and participate in a den or pack flag ceremony.


York Adams Council


Gathering: Have a map of your community spread out on a table. As scouts and their partners arrive, have them mark on the map the location of their home.  Compare distances between each Tiger and to the nearest store or local landmark of your choice.

Opening: For Tigers this is short and sweet.  Remember the new slogan you are learning in Scouts---KISMIF (Keep it simple, make it fun).  Ask a tiger and his partner to lead the group in the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Flag.  As group leader, explain the big idea for this meeting and how you hope everyone will learn a little more about your community.

Information Sharing: Again this is as it sounds.

Share any information coming from the Pack, i.e. When is Pack meeting, what do the tigers need to do to prepare, when the next meeting will be and who is running it. Should their be expenses for the group, now is the time that it should be collected.

Activity: Using the map, that now has the group’s homes located, start locating various other parts that make up a community. Go around the room and have each scout name another aspect of the community. Some of these may include: Fire Station, Police Station, Town Hall, Library, favorite restaurants, video store, personal place of worship, hospital or physician’s office, and more and more and more.  Take a minute with each suggestion and see if your group can tell you how this place helps the community.  Believe me the video store will have a totally different answer than the police station.

Now it is time to get away from the table.  Ask the boys to do an impromptu skit where they meet one by one on the street and each is going somewhere different.  See how many places within the community they wish to go.  This is the adult partner’s time to see the hidden hams within their boys.

Closing: Congratulate the Tigers for a job well done on their skit.  Remind partners of any future commitments and gather everyone in a circle for your closing comments.  This can be just a single statement of what your community means to you.  Thank everyone for coming and send them on their way.

Meeting Ideas

1. Draw a map of your community and include  places of interest as listed from the group.

2. Make fire chief and policeman puppets as found  in the Tiger Cub Resource book.

3. Play pin your town on the map, again described in the Tiger Cub Resource book.

4. Using a town map, plan and do a Town bike trip.


Places To Go--Things To Do

One of the easiest ways to get to know your community is to go out and “do the town.”  Understand that each community is different and you may not be able to do in one community that you could do in another.  The following is a list of suggested places within each community that the Tiger group could visit as part of this Achievement.

1. Visit Town Hall.  Learn what services are available for others within your community.

2. Visit a bakery, a restaurant or store.

3. Visit the Fire Station.

4. Visit the Police Station.

5. Have a scavenger hunt.  Plan the list of items that can be found locally.

6. Plan a ‘make believe’ stay at home vacation.

What things can be done or visited in your area.



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