Before earning his Tiger Badge,
a Tiger Cub must earn the Cub Scouting Bobcat badge
as his first badge of rank after joining the pack. Earning the
Bobcat badge is then followed by earning the Tiger Cub badge.
When helping your Cubs earn their Bobcats, find fun ways to help
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Games to Help New Cub Scouts Learn the Bobcat Requirements
Pack 114, Fort Calhoun, NE
Repetition Write the Promise (or the Law of
the Pack) on a posterboard and display it at every den meeting.
Be sure to recite it every meeting. At each meeting, ask if any
Cub can recite it from memory and let him try.
Memorization Activities The Cubs have more
fun if you set up a few of these for each meeting. Set up
stations and divide the Cubs into groups. Have each group rotate
through each of the stations.
Line up the Lines Take the Promise (or the Law of
the Pack) and write it out on strips of paper in large letters.
If you want, you can cut the lines up into chunks or half-lines.
Then have a team challenge for the whole group. Mix up the
strips on the floor or in a box. One by one, a Cub hops to the
box, grabs a strip, and brings it back to the group. The next
Cub hops up and gets another strip and brings it back to the
group. Hopping is done to give the group time to arrange the
strips in order. The group has to agree on how to arrange the
strips. When done, they recite the Promise together.
Line up the Lines Relay Divide the team in half or
thirds (2-4 per team), putting stronger Cubs with weaker Cubs to
even things out. Each group has their own set of strips. Repeat
as in "Line up the Lines."
Line up the Lines Contest Set up strips for each
individual Cub. Now they play "Line up the Lines" by themselves
and try to finish correctly first.
Sort and Assemble Challenge Once they are really
good, challenge them. Put all the paper lines (or segments) of
both the Promise and the Law of the Pack together. Play this
game as a group, in relay or as individuals. This game can keep
the faster learners occupied while the less adept practice more.
Pick-up Sticks Game Write the Promise (or Law of the
Pack) on craft sticks or paint stir sticks. Divide the Cubs into
teams, with each team having a set of sticks. One by one, the
Cubs go to the table, pick-up then drop the sticks on the table
and reassemble them. Have an adult tally the score for each team
(award 1 point each time the Promise or Law is assembled
Interlock Puzzle Glue a blank paper to the back of
an assembled child's puzzle (20-25 pieces). Write out the
Promise (or the Law of the Pack) on this page and then carefully
cut through the sheet and around the pieces with an Exacto
knife. Let the Cubs practice putting the puzzle together as a
gathering activity. You may want to use different colored sheets
for each puzzle you make.
Picture Craft Each boy writes the Promise (or the
Law of the Pack) on craft sticks. Have them use pens and try to
write one full line on each stick. Cut out a piece of
posterboard slightly taller than the assembled sticks. Glue the
sticks to cardboard in order. Punch holes in the top of the
cardboard and bend a pipe cleaner through these so it can be
hung on the wall.
Be a Reporter Game This requires a tape recorder and
microphone. Each boy records the both the Promise and the Law of
the Pack on the recorder. Then he plays it back. This repetition
works really great, while the boys get a blast listening to
their recorded voices.
Roll the Dice Game This requires one dice (a big one
if you have it). Each boy rolls the dice and depending on what
number comes up, he performs one of the parts of the Bobcat
trail. Score points for each boy who does the task correctly.
Add some flavor - let a roll of 4 yield an extra roll. Here are
the tasks for each number:
1 = recite the Cub Scout Promise
2 = recite the Law of Pack and tell its meaning
3 = recite the Cub Scout Motto & tell what Webelos
4 = show the Cub Scout sign & tell its meaning
5 = show the Cub Scout handshake & tell its meaning
6 = show the Cub Scout salute & tell its meaning
Mystery Bag Let the Cubs earn a chance to grab a
prize from the "mystery bag". This is a bag filled with trinkets
and small stuff like pencils, stickers, coins, etc. At the
beginning of the meeting, announce the "secret phrase" (i.e. one
line from the Promise). Let the Cubs repeat it a few times right
then. At the end of the meeting, each Cub must whisper it to the
leader and get it correct for a chance to reach into the mystery
bag. Each time this method is used, make the secret phrase
longer and longer until it's the whole Promise.
Next month and the
four after that will each have an article about one of the Tiger
Achievements. I usually do Achievement 5 first because that
involves the Outdoors, which is where the boys want to be!! And
besides if you wait until January, in some areas weather can be
Tips for a Successful Tiger Program
St Louis Area Council
Compare notes with all the Partners in your den when
it comes to setting dates.
Pick a location that is versatile and easy for
everyone to find.
Keep projects fun and enjoyable by all.
Try to keep a somewhat fast pace so the boys don’t
have time to get bored. Remember that some boys will finish
quicker than others.
Include the boys in on the decision making when
planning anything. They know what they like better than we do.
Communication – this is very important! Set a calling
tree so one person does not have to make all the calls. Each
Partner should have a list of names and numbers for everyone in
The den leader should take the time to get to know
each of the boys and their partners. This will help when
determining if you have a “Will” or “Will Not” travel group.
Distance and cost can be a deterrent for some families.
Know the relationship of each Partner to their Tiger
Cub. Sometimes it may not be mom or dad. We want our boys to be
comfortable and that relationship can be a touchy subject.
Stay upbeat! Our moods set the mood of our boys. It
been a long, day, week, month but when the den is together we
should “put on a happy face”.
I (The author from St. Louis) have a story to share in
relation to this tip. I received an email several years ago from
a friend that was a great inspiration for just those kinds of
days. It was about a plumber who was working at a customer’s
house where everything that could go wrong did. The plumber
asked the homeowner if it would be possible to come back
tomorrow and finish the job. Of course the homeowner, knowing
how things had went, said that was fine. The plumber went to
start his van and, you guessed it, it would not start. As he
tried to figure out what to do, the homeowner came out and
offered him a ride home. Through the entire drive, short of
giving directions, the plumber was silent. When they arrived at
the plumber’s house he invited the homeowner to meet his family.
On the walk to the front door the plumber paused at a tree in
his front yard. There he laid his hand on the tree and closed
his eyes for a moment. When he lifted his hand from the tree a
new man emerged. The plumber was now happy and jovial, a far cry
from what he had been like all day. He introduced his family to
the homeowner. As the plumber walked him back to his car the
homeowner asked what happened when you placed your hand on the
tree. You became a new person. The plumber explained “I did not
want my family to have to see me that ways so I left my worries
on the tree for God to see and tomorrow when I return to the
tree they are gone. God had lifted them from me, letting me know
that no matter what He is always there allowing me to continue
The moral of the story, though it may seem really bad at the
moment take some time to let them settle. Lay them down and be
happy with your family and friends. Tomorrow it won’t be so bad.
Shared Leadership!! Remember that as the den leader
you are not suppose to do it all! Each Tiger Cub Team should
take care of a meeting and/or Go-See-It. A good way is to split
it up by month. Two teams can work together to complete their
month. Just remember to make sure everyone takes a turn! This
is a team effort!
Materials found in Baloo's Bugle may be used by Scouters for Scouting activities provided that Baloo's Bugle and the original contributors are cited as the source of the material.