September 2007 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
| Volume 14, Issue
October 2007 Theme
Down on the Farm
Citizen & Showman
Tiger Cub Program
Kevin in Norman, Oklahoma posted this on the
Cub Scout Roundtable E-mail Exchange
There were a number of changes to the Tiger Cub
Program last year. By now most boys should have the new books Please check
that all your new Tigers either have books that have the program changes or
you can update their parents so they know what about them.
Most importantly is the requirement that Tigers
earn their Bobcat first and use the Cub Scout motto. And that Tigers wear
the blue uniform. (And those designed to grow with them S2 zip off
Other important program points:
Search, Discover and Share
is the Tiger Cub CONCEPT or IDEA. There is no Tiger Cub Motto, they are Cub
Scouts and use the Cub Scout motto, Do Your Best.
Requirements for the Tiger Cub Immediate
* Learn the Cub Scout motto: Do Your Best.
* Learn the Cub Scout sign (see page 156)
* Learn the Cub Scout salute (see page 158)
Kevin’s letter was in response to a question
about when to award the Tiger cub totem, suggested
It appears that a Tiger Cub must finish Bobcat
before beginning to earn his Tiger Cub rank or his Immediate Recognition
Emblem. But hey, guess what, once he has learned the cub motto, sign and
salute, the Immediate Recognition Emblem is already earned, it's a done deal
except for the presentation. So even if the law of the pack or the promise
that's a bit longer, the Immediate Recognition Emblem requirements are in
fact already done. Applying a bucket of common sense, and as we favor
instant recognition in Cubs, I would say go ahead and do the Immediate
Recognition Emblem either that day in the den meeting, or at the latest the
next pack meeting, even if Bobcat is not yet completed. I don’t think
anyone will sic the uniform cops on you.
An alternative view, which I also won't quibble
with, because it's at least equally right and perhaps a tad more so, is
this: the Scout must earn Bobcat first, so the pack recognizes the fob
requirements are inherent in the Bobcat, but elects to not present the
Immediate Recognition Emblem until the Bobcat is fully earned, similar to
how arrow points get worked on but not awarded before Wolf badge, and how
tiger tracks get worked on, but not awarded until Tiger rank badge is
My take, unofficial as it is, says pick
either one of those, use it in your pack, stay with it until there is
something else by BSA in print, and don't spend a lot of time fretting over
the decision because both are reasonable in the outcome.
If you want more information, go to Tiger
Cub Leader Fast Start (online version, see
www.olc.scouting.org - under Cub Scout Leader Fast Start) It's
worth a look through, even if you are not a Tiger leader, to help get up to
speed so you can help Tiger leaders in your unit, district and online.
earning his Bobcat Badge, 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 the appropriate
orange, white, or black bead at the next den meeting to add to his totem.
Achievement #1 Making My
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. For
example, the Tiger can clean his room or take out the 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.
Discuss with the adult partners whether they want the Tigers to get the books
upon graduation from Tigers or from Cubs or presented earlier for the families
to take home and keep up. Another thought may be to have enough material for 2
scrapbooks. Then have the Tigers make one to be a Cub Scout Scrapbook and one
to be a Family Scrapbook. In the Family Scrapbook the Tiger can put items in
there that remind him of special memories of things 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 Pow
Share the family photo album. Identify special family members.
Share family histories and traditions.
a ‘families’ picnic. Get to know one another.
a group party. Use a holiday for theme. How about a Valentines Party in
Design and make a family tree. Share it with others in your den.
Design a family coat of arms. Have the Tiger include special areas of the
Conduct your own ‘Family’ activity.
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.