Tigers now wear the blue Cub Scout uniform with
an Orange neckerchief. Youth use
Orange tee-shirts as an activity uniform.
They are still the Adult Partners uniform.
Achievement 5 Letís Go
received a nice e-mail this month from Patricia in the northwest who was
concerned that if I did the Tiger achievements in order (A typical thing for
this linear thinking engineer to do) I would explain the Outdoor achievement in
January. Not a good time for Tigers to spend time outside looking for leaves
and hiking. And so here is Achievement 5!! CD
There is so
much to do and learn outdoors! You can have fun exploring nature and looking at
trees, flowers, and animals. You can walk, run, play games, and ride a bike.
Itís even fun to sit outside!
Achievement 5F - Family activity
listen to a weather report on the radio or television. But itís more fun to tell
what the weather is like by going outside and using your five senses to observe
what the weather for yourself. Your five senses are seeing, hearing, smelling,
tasting, and touching. Some people canít use all five senses fully, such as
people who are sight impaired or hearing impaired. Often, people who canít use
one of their senses have learned to use their other four senses very well.
5F Go outside and observe the weather. Use your senses to
help you describe what the weather is like. What do you see? Is it sunny? Is
it dark? Do you see stars, clouds, sunshine, rain, or a rainbow? What do you
hear? Do you hear thunder, rain, or the blowing wind? Maybe you hear traffic
noise, children playing, or birds singing. How does the weather affect noises
like these? What do you smell? Do you smell flowers or freshly cut grass?
Maybe you smell the aroma of someone cooking or the odor of farm animals. The
air and wind bring these smells to your nose. What do you taste? If the wind
is blowing across a dusty place, you may get dust in your mouth. Does the air
taste like dirt? Does it taste like salt? What can you feel? Is it cold or
warm? Do you feel the wind blowing? Do you feel rain or snow?
The Character Connection on
Faith is associated with this Achievement. Donít overlook this important part
of the program. Have the Adult partners be sure to carry out the discussion and
have the Tiger explain what he knows (This is done by completing the first part
of achievement 5F) and then explain how he feels about things he cannot see (The
sun at night, the moon during the day, wind). And finally, in discussing what
you believe in but cannot see, what faith is and how you develop faith. Faith
is one of Cub Scoutingís 12 Core Values. Donít miss this chance to discuss
Faith with your Tiger. For more information on Character Connections check out
your Tiger Book, Your Leaderís Book or Bill Smithís Unofficial Cub Scout
http://www.wtsmith.com/rt.html He has the whole BSA publication on Character Connections
Achievement 5D - Den Activity
and bushes have leaves that turn colors and fall to the ground in autumn. Some
trees have needles that stay on all year long. You may live in a place where
cacti grow. Cacti have spines or scales instead of leaves. Go outdoors with
your adult partner and collect some leaves or needles to take to your den
meeting for this activity. Be sure to collect only fallen leavers, or get the
permission of an adult before removing a live part of a tree or bush.
And what better time than
when the leaves are changing colors to go out and look for leaves and be able to
pick them up and compare them. CD
With a crayon or colored pencil and a piece
of paper, make a leaf rubbing.
Materials: writing paper, leaves, crayons
leaf, vein side up, on a smooth surface, and cover it with a piece of thin
writing paper. Hold the paper firmly in position and gently rub the crayon over
it. The crayon strokes should all be in the same direction and with just enough
pressure to bring out the details of the leaf. The finished design can be
displayed in your home, decorated and framed. Your leaf rubbings can also be
made into greeting cards or given as a gift.
Achievement 5G - Go and See It
great exercise, and itís fun to be outdoors. When you walk, you see more things
in the outdoors than you would if you went by fast on a bicycle, or in a car or
5G Take a hike.
Your den may
go to a special outdoor place for a hike, or you may take a simple walk in your
neighborhood. Be sure to take into account the size and ability of your Tiger.
There are many state Parks and other parks with short nature trails that have
built in rest areas where you stop and read the commentary along the trail
(Station 1, station 2,). These may be perfect for your Tigers.
Every Pack should be
committed to conduct an outdoor activity within the first three months of the
year (September, October, November). My pack has a Fall Family Camping Trip.
Our council has a Fall Cub Scout event at one of our camps. Activities like
these would be perfect times for your Tigers to get their hikes. CD
Wherever you go, itís fun to be outdoors! Remember,
three quarters of Scouting is Outing.
Tiger Theme Related Ideas
Elective 16 is Collecting and other Hobbies. This
month would be a great time to have your Tigers show off their collections.
A museum or zoo visit would be great. You could
discuss the collection the museum has. We have a history museum run by the
Salem County Historical Society that is perfect for Tigers. It is small, it is
local and the volunteer staff is always anxious to help.
Be sure to check out the ideas and plans in the Cub
Scout Program helps for this month.