Baloo's Bugle

March 2008 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 14, Issue 8
April 2008 Theme

Theme: Abracadabra
Webelos: Sportsman & Family Member
Tiger Cub Activities


Are you preparing to recruit this year’s Kindergartners now for next year’s Tigers???  They could go to day camp this summer with your pack!!  And enjoy all your summer events.  Then in the Fall they will be all psyched for a great year.  Don’t miss this opportunity Kindergartners become eligible for Tigers on June 1!! CD

Tiger Walking Sticks
Circle Ten Council

How about making your Tigers get a special treat for their outdoor adventures at a Tiger Cub Day or their first time at Day Camp??  Make Walking Sticks by either getting the parents together one evening before the event or (better) have the Tigers and their Adult Partners do this at a meeting.  Walking Sticks are fairly easy to make and the supplies are easy to get.  This isn’t a difficult craft to do.


  • 48” to 60” broom handle or stave (Some hardware stores still sell replacement broom handles)
  • Leather Scraps
  • Imitation sinew or plastic gimp
  • Pony beads
  • Feathers
  • Leather lacing
  • Heavy sewing needles

What to do:

  • Drill a 1/4” hole about 1” down from the top of the handle/stave.
  • Cut the leather into a size that will almost wrap around the handle/stave.  Make it about 6” tall.
  • Using a hammer and nail, punch holes along 6” edges to sew through.
  • Using two needles and sinew; sew the leather around the handle/stave.  This is done just as if lacing a shoe.
  • String some beads and feathers onto some more sinew and tie on the grip so that they hang down from the grip area.
  • Tie a piece of leather lacing through the hole in the handle/stave.

Hike and Sketch
Circle Ten Council

Now take your walking stick on a hike –

Have each Tiger and Adult Partner make a mini sketchpad to help them understand the world around them.  After making the sketchpad, have the Tiger and Adult Partner walk around the park and fill it in together.  The ideas should be the Tigers.

To make the sketchpad - Cut a 4” x 5” sheet of cardboard and staple a 20” length of string to the upper left corner.  Tie a pencil to the other end.  Now take an 8 1/2” x 11” piece of paper and fold into fourths and cut (you will need 6 pieces).  This is the size of paper for your sketchpad.  List each page as follows:

Page #1

My favorite feeling about the environment:

I like_________________________________

I smell________________________________

I can feel______________________________

I can hear______________________________

I can see______________________________

Page #2

Mark out a 1 foot by 1 foot square of ground and have the Tiger study this square then write.
My very own plot of ground and what I observe in this plot of ground

Page #3

Draw a picture of something special that you saw today. 
Draw a section of a stream bank, a mountain, a flower, a tree, a lake, or an animal.

Page #4

What’s special about this environment?___________

What have humans done to change it?____________

How do I feel about this environment?____________

Page #5

Write a little of your thoughts about today’s activities using words that you collected when using your five senses: 

Seeing, Hearing, Feeling, Tasting, Smelling.

Page #6

My very own bark rubbing:

Tiger Cub Graduation: Path of a New Challenge
Baltimore Area Council

Personnel: Cubmaster(CM), Tiger Cub Den Leader(TL), Tiger Cub Den Assistant(TA), Wolf Den Leader(DL), Den Chief (DC)


A Cub-alabra with 1 tall white candle, 1 black candle and 1 Orange candle

A bridge or props (rope, string or crepe paper) to create the look of a bridge

Pieces of construction paper

Graduation certificate for each Tiger

Wolf Handbook for each Tiger.

On the pieces of paper, place various symbols of Cub Scouting, e.g. the rank badges, the Sign, Handshake, Motto, Salute, Promise, Law, Webelos and the Arrow of Light symbol.  Use as many or as few as you wish.  Place them on the floor of the bridge in such a way to make crossing the bridge without stepping on them difficult for a Tiger Cub.

CM:  Tonight we honor our Tiger Cubs.  Will our Tiger Cub Den Leader please introduce our Tigers and their Adult Partners? (Tigers and Adults come forward).

TL:   (Lights white candle).  White is for the purity of living. 

DC:   (Lights black candle).  Black is for the unknown, the fear and doubts. 

TA:   (Lights orange candle). Orange is for knowledge, joy and confidence.

TL:   These are the colors of the Tigers.  You have completed the year of the Tiger Cub Program.

TA:   Adults, please remove your Tiger Cub’s orange neckerchief and Tiger Cub cap. 

TL:   Here is a certificate of graduation for all to see that you have graduated from Tiger Cubs.  As your Tiger Cub Den Leader, I will show you the path of a new challenge - the challenge of the Wolf Cub Scouts.  Each step you take tells you what you must learn, so you can earn your next rank. 

CM:   Walk the bridge of Cub Scouts without stepping on the Cub Scouting symbols, and meet me on the other side.  On the other side stand the Cubmaster, Wolf Den Leader and Den Chief.

The Wolf Den Leader puts the Wolf neckerchief on each Tiger Cub as he finishes crossing..
The Den Chief hands each Tiger the Wolf Book.

CM:  Congratulations on achieving this goal.  As you crossed this bridge, you may have noticed that the path was not easy for you.  Life is full of challenges, but I will only ask that you always do your best in whatever you do in your daily life.  Your Den Leader and Den Chief stand before you, ready to lead you on your next adventure.