Volume 6 Issue 1
August 1999


Tiger Cubs

York Adams

Big Idea #1is 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 Coach with the group to show them how to run a meeting when it becomes their turn. The group then continues with this theme for the month. Family Activities are encouraged to strengthen the Tiger/partner bond.

The First Meeting: The Tiger Cub Coach 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 coach 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 Coach 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.

Gathering Activity: 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 Coach introduces his/herself and explains their role. He/she can then explain the Tiger Cub motto or pledge.

Searching/Discovering/Sharing: 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 Coach 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 coach has examples. The Tiger Cub Coach 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 coach 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 Coach 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 Tiger Cub Promise.

Meeting Ideas

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 black 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.

Big Idea #1

Circle 10 Council

Go to the public library and look up some information on the country of your ancestors.

Have a pot luck dinner where each family brings a dish from the country of their origin.

Who’s Who?

Circle 10 Council

Have each Tiger Cub and partner bring a baby picture. Mix them up and see who can guess the most matches.

Who Am I?

Circle 10 Council

With the help of their partners, have each of the Tiger Cubs write short descriptive paragraph about themselves stating likes, dislikes, things they have done, etc. When all are done, have an adult read them out loud and let the boys try to guess who is being described.

Where Were You Born?

Circle 10 Council

Display a world map. Let each Tiger and their partner mark where they were born. You can use stick pins with colored heads or pins with flags attached (available at office supply stores.)


Circle 10 Council

Ask each Tiger Cub draw a picture of three things that he and his partner like to do. When finished, ask them to share their picture with the rest of the den. Make a Tiger Cub den flag.

Tiger Scrap Book

Circle 10 Council

Each Tiger Cub can start a BIG IDEA scrapbook. Provide enough pages for all 17 big ideas and have the boys glue in pictures, nature items, patches, or items they like to help them remember each activity

Den Yell

North Florida Council

For high-spirited Tiger Cubs, there's nothing like a lot of noise for good fun! A den yell provides plenty, and also gives the den a feeling of togetherness.

(Boys stand in circle)

North (point), South (point),

East (point), West (point),

Tiger Cub (Hands on shoulders) are the best! (Boys form straight line facing the audience and then bow)

(Boys stand in line)

Our group is the Tigers

(Have boys make hand like claws ready to scratch you)

Now you've been told

Tigers are the one's

(Hold up one finger)

Who are brave and bold


Look and see! (Clap, clap)

You and me (point, point)

Tiger Cubs (Clap, clap)

Wheee! (Hands over head and jump)

(Begin with boys in squatting position)

Our Tigers are Great!

Our group is swell!

All for the Tiger Cubs

Stand up and yell!

(All stand and yell like "Tony the Tiger" We're Great)


Tiger Cub Motto Song

(Tune: Ferre Jacques)

Tiger Cubs

Tiger Cubs

Search and Discover

Search and Discover

Always on the go

Helping us to grow

Tiger Cub

Tiger Cubs

Big Idea #5 - Know Your Family

North Florida Council


Coffee Can Totem Pole

Materials: Coffee cans with lids, construction paper, tape, scissors, glue and decorations as desired.

Wrap a piece of construction paper around the can and tape in place. Have each boy decorate his can with a picture of something that he likes to do. You can also use pictures from magazines. Keep it on hand to show off at den and pack meetings.


North Florida Council

Where were you born

Display a map of the world. Give each boy a colored flag. Have them place the flags where each member of their family was born. Invite some family members who lived overseas to talk about living in a foreign country. Let them provide food from their culture for the boys to sample, see clothes they wore, etc.


Tune: Love Me Tender

Circle 10 Council

Help me Mother, help me Dad

To become a good Cub Scout.

I’ll be good and I’ll work hard,

And I won’t ever pout.

Help me grow and help me learn,

It’s not so hard to do.

Help me Mom and help me Dad

And someday I’ll help you.


Tiger Cub Induction Ceremony

Greater St. Louis Area Council

Akela: We have many new members of the Pack here tonight who will be following the trail of the Tiger. The Tiger Cub is inquisitive and adventurous, but remains within the lair with its parents for some time before venturing out to hunt its own game. Its parents, the Tiger and Tigress, have the responsibility of looking after the cub, teaching it to hunt and play, and how to protect itself from the other predators of the jungle. Cubmaster, which boys have joined our Tiger Cub Den?

Cubmaster: Akela, I am pleased to report that we have new Tiger Cubs this year, and are with us here tonight. (Reads the list), please step forward, along with your parents.

Akela: You boys are embarking on a great new journey with your parent. Your motto tells us what you will be doing. Do you remember the Tiger Cub motto? Repeat it after me: "Search, Discover, Share".

Search means you will search for new activities, new adventures, and new ways of being together. Discover means you will enjoy the thrill of discovering new things together. Share means you will share all of the things you have done together with your parents and the other members of your Tiger Cub group. Through this process you grow together, become better friends and prepare yourselves for Cub Scouts. Now that you have learned the Tiger Cub motto, you are prepared to wear the Big Idea Coup Necklace. (Cubmaster hands the necklaces to parents, who put them on their boys as Akela is talking). This was developed in ancient times to symbolize your accomplishments. "Big Ideas" are 17 things we like to do as Tiger Cubs. Each time you have a Tiger Cub activity, in addition to earning a paw print on your Tiger Cub shirt, you will add an orange bead to your coup necklace. On the necklaces you receive tonight, there is an orange bead to symbolize the swimming party you went to at Lucas Westcott's house two weeks ago. Additionally, you will receive bear claws for each major accomplishment during the course of the year. The first bear claw is for leaning the Tiger Cub Motto. You will earn another bear claw for leaning the Tiger Cub Promise between now and the Blue and Gold Banquet. And you will earn your last bear claw when you complete the 17th Big Idea: "Cub Scouting Here We Come". By the end of the year, if you are active in the Tiger Cub Den, you will have a very fancy necklace. Now you may be seated.

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