Volume 5 Issue 5
December 1998


Big Idea #15 Fitness and Sports
Denver Area Council

Make "Tin Can Walkers", Practice the Cub Scout Promise, Motto and your Den yell; Go to a hockey game as a tiger den (many colleges will get you in free just call the box office and ask); go for a winter walk along a nature trail; Prepare to give a cheer at your next meeting;

Set up a tiger fitness circle relay where Tigers and Tiger partners shuttle through a course of fitness activities.

Form a circle as large as the room permits with everyone facing the same direction. Give instructions for various activities as follow:
1. Start walking in a circle, and keep walking between these exercises
2. Start hopping.
3. Make yourself as small as possible and continue walking
4. Make yourself as tall as possible and continue walking, now reach you hands over you head …
5. Etc.
Keep developing more instructions and remember…KISMIF (Keep It Simple, Make It Fun)

Big Idea #4 Prepare For Emergencies
Denver Area Council

Take your Tigers to the local police and/or fire department for a tour. Or invite the fire department to send an ambulance to your Tiger meeting. Have each Tiger color a poster about safety; Make a first aid kit for each Tiger family;

Review the WHO, WHAT, WHERE, of giving information over the phone during an emergency.
WHO is calling, tell the operator your name.
WHAT happened, with enough details to help emergency personnel
WHERE you are calling from, so that you can be found.
Make a list of emergency numbers for your area, practice dialing these numbers on an unplugged telephone, have your leader act as the emergency personnel.

Talk about fire safety and the importance of STOP-DROP-ROLL

First aid kit: For each Tiger: Large empty plastic pill bottle or 35mm film can, Band-Aids, sealed alcohol wipes, cotton balls, and a quarter (for phone calls)
Punch two holes in side of the bottle, put pipe cleaner through holes and secure by twisting inside, leaving enough on the outside for a belt loop or tie slide. Assemble and decorate with reflective tape or paint or pens.

Heart of America Council

The activities in this big idea are designed to equip your child to deal with an emergency when there is no adult present. His knowledge of emergency procedures will strengthen his self-esteem and self-confidence.

1. Make a first aid kit and bring to meeting to share. Parents let the boys decide the important things to put in. At meeting, compare, share and discover if they have all the vital items. Make a Tiger first aid kit using items from everyone's kit. Keep this for use at meetings and outing.
2. Take a field trip to a fire department or hospital.
3. Discuss how medicine is different from candy. Discuss possible harms from taking medicine without parents' permission.

Know Your Bike

Your bike should be the right size for you. It should be safe and in good riding condition. Have an adult check it out for you. If you notice that something is wrong with it, be sure to tell mom or dad.
Bike Safety Rules

  • Always wear shoes. Don't ride barefoot.
  • It's best to wear long pants and a shirt with long sleeves.
  • Loose fitting clothing can get caught in the spokes.
  • Wear a helmet if you have one.
  • Know what all the traffic signs mean.
  • Follow the same traffic rules as the driver of a car does.
  • Ride in the bike lane wherever you can.
  • If you must ride on a sidewalk, watch out for people walking.
  • Always ride in the same direction as traffic, never against it.
  • Watch carefully when crossing driveways and alleys.
  • If you have to be out after dark, be sure your bike has good reflectors and a light.
  • Wear light colored clothing.
  • Have a basket on your bike so your hands can be free for the handlebars.
  • Always keep your hands on the handlebars.
  • Be cautious--jumping with your bike can be dangerous
  • Don't ride with more than one person on the bike.
  • If you see a "No Bikes Allowed" sign, be courteous and don't ride there.

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