Starting the path to the Tiger Cub Rank, a scout first earns the Bobcat badge - this is the first step for all Cub Scouts.
But, a Tiger Cub will really earn his Tiger Cub Totem first because its requirements are very simple and it gives him something tangible to receive at the first pack meeting, even if he did not complete all the Bobcat requirements. The Tiger Cub Totem requirements are:
- Learn the Cub Scout Motto
- Learn the Cub Scout Sign
- Learn the Cub Scout Salute
He can then use the totem to display his achievement beads as he earns them.
The Tiger Totem hangs from right pocket:
Once he earns the Totem, he should then proceed to complete the other requirements for the Bobcat Badge.
The Tiger Cub badge is presented to boys who have completed all 15 parts of the five separate achievements - five Family activities, five Den activities, and five Go See It outings..
As he completes each Activity, he is awarded a bead which is hung from the Totem.
- He earns a WHITE bead for each required FAMILY Activity.
- He earns an ORANGE bead for each required DEN Activity.
- He earns a BLACK bead for each required GO SEE IT Activity.
The den activities and Go See It events should be completed with the entire den. Attendance at den events is important - for both the scout and adult partner. Of course, if a scout has a conflict with a den event, he can perform that activity with his adult partner at some other time.
Tiger Dens should meet twice a month for Den activities, attend a Go See It event once a month, and participate in the Pack Meetings once a month.
Tip: While your scout is working on advancement, his den leader will track his progress on the Tiger Cub Den Advancement Chart. Make this easier by tracking progress in the Tiger Trail chart of the Tiger Scout handbook. Have your tiger bring his book to every den meeting so the den leader can transfer marks from book to chart.
Tip: Keep in mind that participation is the key goal of the Tiger Cub program. There is no level of competence or skill required to earn the rank badge. Don't push your scout to succeed, just participate and enjoy the time together.
- F = A 'FAMILY' oriented requirement
- D = A 'DEN' oriented requirement
- G = A 'GO SEE IT' oriented requirement
- Making My Family Special
- 1F - Think of one chore you can do with your adult partner. Complete it together
Know. Think about the job that you completed. What was the hardest part or doing the job? How well was the job done? What does it mean to be responsible?
Commit. Why is being responsible important? Are there jobs you can do by yourself? List other ways that you can be responsible.
Practice. Do requirement 1F.
- 1D - Make a family scrapbook
- 1G - Go to a library, historical society, museum, old farm, or historical building, or visit an older person in your community. Discover how family life was the same and how it was different many years ago.
- Where I Live
- 2F - Look at a map of your community with your adult partner.
- 2D - Practice the Pledge of Allegiance with your den, and participate in a den or pack flag ceremony.
- 2G - Visit a police station or fire station. Ask someone who works there how he or she helps people in your community.
- Keeping Myself Healthy and Safe
- 3Fa - With your family, plan a fire drill and then practice it in your home.
- 3Fb - With your adult partner, plan what to do if you become lost or separated from your family in a strange place.
- 3D - Make a food guide pyramid.
- 3G - Learn the rules of a game or sport. Then go watch an amateur or professional game or sporting event.
- How I Tell It
- 4F - At a family meal, have each family member take turns telling the others one thing that happened to him or her that day. Remember to practice being a good listener while you wait for your turn to talk.
Know. When talking with other family members, how do you show courtesy and respect? How do you listen respectfully? How can you interrupt people and still be respectful?
Commit. How does it feel when people listen to you with respect? List three things to remember that will help you talk respectfully with others.
Practice. Join in a family conversation. After the conversation, discuss how you and others showed respect.
Let's Go Outdoors - This achievement is also part of the Cub Scouting's Leave No Trace Award.
- 4D - Play 'Tell It Like It Isn't.'
- 4G - Visit a television station, radio station, or newspaper office. Find out how people there communicate to others.
- 5F - Go outside and watch the weather.
Know. Discuss things about the weather that you know to be true, but you cannot see at the moment, such as is the sun still there although you only see clouds? Is the moon there, even though it is day? Can you see wind? Do you know that the rain will eventually stop? Do you have faith in other things you can’t see?
Commit. What makes it difficult to believe in things that you cannot see? What helps you to develop faith?
Practice. Do requirement 5F
- 5D - With a crayon or colored pencil and a piece of paper, make a leaf rubbing.
- 5G - Take a hike with your den.
TIGER CUB SCOUT ELECTIVES
Once a boy has earned his Tiger Cub badge, he can earn Tiger Track beads. For each 10 electives he finishes, the Tiger Cub will receive one yellow Tiger Track bead. Boys may do electives more than once and count them toward a bead each time they are completed. A Tiger Cub my complete electives while working on achievements, but he can’t receive a bead until after he has earned his Tiger Cub badge.
- How Do You Celebrate?
Think of a time when your family celebrated something, and then tell the den about it and how it made you feel.
- Making Decorations
Make a decoration with your family or with your den. Display it or give it to someone as a gift.
- Fun And Games
With your family, play a card game or board game or put a jigsaw puzzle together.
- Display A Picture
Make a frame for a family picture.
- Family Mobile
Make a family mobile.
- Song Time
Along with your adult partner, teach a song to your family or to your den and sing it together.
- Play Along!
Make a musical instrument and play it with others. The other can sing or have instruments of their own.
- Your Religious Leaders
Invite a religious leader or teacher from your place of worship to your home or to your den meeting.
- A New Friend
Help a new boy or girl get to know other people.
- Helping Hands
Along with your adult partner, help an elderly or shut-in person with a chore.
- Helping the Needy
Help collect food, clothing or toys for needy families with your pack or den.
- A Friendly Greeting
Make at least two cards or decorations and take them to a hospital or long-term care facility.
- Making Change
Using U.S. pennies, dimes, nickels, and quarters choose the correct coins to make the following amounts: 15 cents, 50 cents, 29 cents, 60 cents, 35 cents, 59 cents
- Reading Fun
Together with your adult partner, read a short story or magazine article.
- Our Colorful World
Mix the primary colors to make orange, green and purple.
- Collecting and Other Hobbies
With your den, show or tell about something you like to collect. -OR- Tell your den about a favorite hobby or activity.
- Make a Model
Make a model.
- Sew a Button
Sew a button onto fabric.
- Magic Fun
Learn a magic trick and show it to your family or den.
- Get the Word Out
With your den, make up a PSA skit to tell people about Tiger Cubs.
- The Show Must Go On
Make a puppet.
- Picnic Fun
With your family or with your den, have a picnic : outdoors or indoors.
- What Kind of Milk
Find out what kind of milk your family drinks and why.
- Help in the Kitchen
Help the adult who is preparing a family meal to set the table and clean up afterward.
- Snack Time
Make a snack and share it with your family or den.
- Phone Manners
With a toy phone, or a disconnected phone, practice making phone calls and answering the telephone.
Talk to your adult partner about what to do if these things happened:
- The adult who is caring for you becomes ill.
- You are alone with someone who makes you feel uncomfortable
- Smoke Detectors
With your adult partner, check the batteries in the smoke detector in your home or in another building.
- Safety in the Sun
Talk with your adult partner about when you should use sunscreen. Find out whether you have any in your home and where it is kept. With your adult partner, look at a container of sunscreen and find out whether it still protects you when you are wet. Also find out how long you are protected before you have to put on more. Look for the expiration date and make sure the sunscreen is not too old.
- Plant a Seed
Plant a seed, pit, or greens from something you have eaten.
- Learn About Animals
Learn about an animal.
- Feed the Birds
Make a bird feeder and then hang it outdoors.
- Cleanup Treasure Hunt
With your den or family, play Cleanup Treasure Hunt.
With your adult partner, think of a way to conserve water or electricity and do it for one week.
- Fun Outdoors
Play a game outdoors with your family or den.
- See a Performance
With your family or your den, go see a play or musical performance in your community.
- Take a Bicycle Ride
Take a bicycle ride with your adult partner.
- Bicycle Repair
Visit a bicycle repair shop.
- Go to Work
Visit the place where your adult partner or another adult works.
- Fun in the Water
Together with your adult partner, go swimming or take part in an activity on water.
Visit a train station, bus station, airport, or boat dock.
- Fun at the Zoo
Visit a zoo or aquarium.
- Pet Care
Visit a veterinarian or an animal groomer.
- Dairy Products
Visit a dairy, a milk-processing plant, or a cheese factory.
- Fresh Baking
Visit a bakery.
- Health Teeth and Gums
Visit a dentist or dental hygienist.
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Learn about what you can recycle in your community and how you can recylce at home. Learn about things that need to be recycled in special ways, such as paint and batteries.
- Go for a Ride
Take a ride on public transportation, such as a bus or train.
- Your Government
Visit a government office such as the mayor's office, the state capitol building, or a courthouse.
Visit a bank.