Tiger Cub Program
Successful pack leader realize that the Tiger Cub program is a building bloc of a successful pack. A strong Tiger Cub program builds a strong foundation for the boys and their adult partners that will support them through the rest of their Scouting years. Here are your next year's Bobcats and a pool of adults already experienced in leading activities for the boys. The boys and their adult partners will in turn contribute to the strength of the pack.
The Tiger Cub activities, plus the pack activities, together form the Scouting program for the Tiger Cubs and their families. This program needs to be a strong, positive experience. At the recruiting meeting, listen to the adults share the memories of what they had when they were in Scouting. They want their boys to also have exciting Scouting experiences. But for most, this will be their first Scouting experience as a family. An active program is an essential ingredient to a successful Tiger Cub den.
The Tiger Cub program was launched in 1982. It is for boys entering first grade or who are 7 years old. Each boy registers with a caring adult partner. This person can be a parent or older family member/friend who is at least 18 years old and has a strong commitment to the boy's well-being. The child and adult are a team. The adults attend the Tiger Cub gatherings and other activities with the boys.
The Tiger Cub Family Activity book is the basic manual for Tiger Cubs and their adult partners. Each of the Big Ideas in the book includes suggested activities for the group's monthly gathering(s). The den gathers once or twice a month depending on the desires of the group's teams. The meeting pattern is flexible, one that fits into a busy schedule as the parent-child team determines the meeting time and place convenient for the most families involved. One of these gatherings should be an activity or field trip, the other should be a pack meeting or pack event. The child-partner teams select their own Big Idea for the month and pick the month that they will share the leadership for the den.
Through shared leadership, each boy and adult is given an opportunity to lead without the pressure of a continuing leadership commitment. Once a team has organized a successful meeting, the adult may discover the fun of being a leader.
There is no "Tiger Cub Leader" position. However, the group does have the option of selecting a coordinating adult from within the group to help maintain the continuity of shared leadership. The coordinator works with the Tiger Cub Coach to maintain communication within the den.
Every Tiger Cub den is affiliated with a Cub Scout pack. Where no pack exists, one must be formed before a Tiger Cub group can be organized. Tiger Cubs are involved in all Pack sponsored activities, derbies, and pack meetings. The pack maintains an ongoing relationship with the Tiger Cub den and provides for a continuing Scouting experience when the Tiger Cubs graduate into Scouting.
The key person in the pack's relationship with its Tiger Cubs is the Tiger Cub Coach. The Tiger Cub Coach helps organize the Tiger Cub dens and assist in planning the first gathering, communicates pack activities, and coordinates the Tiger Cub graduation into Cub Scouting. The Tiger Cub Coach steps back and lets the group operate under its own shared-leadership and maintains frequent contact with the Tiger Cub coordinator to provide ideas and resources for the monthly den activities.
The goals of Tiger Cubs are to help build a closer relationship (a bond) between a boy and his adult partner, to help instill self confidence in the boy, and to teach him the ideals of the Boy Scouts of America: personal fitness, reverence toward God, love of his country, and caring for and helping others.
Tiger Cub Motto
Search - Discover - Share
Tiger Cub Promise
I promise to love God,
My family and my country,
And to learn about the world.
As an incentive to learning these, the three-inch round Tiger Cub emblem can be given to the boy, immediately, once he knows his motto and promise.
Tiger Cubs is operated on a casual basis. A formalized advancement program with requirements and badges is not considered appropriat for first graders. Recognition consists of a wall chart, stickers and iron-on Tiger tracks that can be used to keep track of family and group activities. The Tiger tracks correspond to the numbered Big Ideas in the Tiger Cub Activity book. These Big Ideas are suggestions and are not required. The iron-on tiger tracks are included in the Family Activity packet and are used for fun at the discretion of the family to record Tiger Cub events.
The Tiger Cub and adult uniform is the orange t-shirt with white collar emblazoned with the Tiger Cub emblem. The iron-on Tiger tracks may be placed anywhere on the Tiger Cub's shirt after completion of an activity. Some groups elect to put the paw prints corresponding to Big Ideas which they know are scheduled through the year, on the front; and those prints corresponding to Big Ideas they know they will not be able to schedule, on the back. The tracks are for fun!
Tiger Paws have been introduced to provide immediate recognition for participation in Tiger Cub and Pack activities as well as for family activities. The Cub receives (at the event) an orange bead for his spirit in joining in the activities. He receives one white bead for doing, together with his family, five extra suggestions out of the Family Fun book. The Cub begins a Tiger Tails scrapbook to record his family doings and presents it to the team leader at the next meeting to receive his white beads. The Tiger Cub Coach or coordinator should keep the supply of beads free-flowing to the monthly team leaders. The beads are knotted onto the leather Tiger thong and worn on his belt for all to see.
A Quick Look into Tiger Cubs
- have one family volunteer to hos the "Big Idea" of the month
- the families select their own topic for their month
- call all the families to communicate the date and time of the "Big Idea"
- work on family activities during the month
- attend pack meetings and any special pack events such as the derbies, etc.
- wear the Tiger shirt to all Cub events
- iron the "Big Idea" tiger paw onto the Tiger shirt each month
- receive an orange bead for each Cub event in which you participate
- HAVE FUN
- discover together
- grow together
- get to know your son
Suggested Group Gathering Format
- Opening: Recite the Tiger Cub Promise and/or Tiger Cub Motto. Sing a song. Develop your own ideas.
- Sharing: Let the boys tell some of the activities they have done since the last meeting. This does not need to be done at each gathering, only as time and space permit.
- Discovering: This is the meeting agenda. This can be seeing something together and/or doing something together as a group. The important thing is to be active and to have fun for both the boy and the adult. This part will occupy most of the meeting.
- Searching: This will probably be discussing what the next meeting will be. It is important that everyone knows the date, time and place of the next gathering. Include information on pack events and when the next pack meeting is to be held.
- Closing: A Tiger growl (everyone puts hands in the center, squat down and give a Tiger yowl when they spring up!) or a song or say the Tiger Cub Promise ... whatever the team leaders feel is appropriate.
These are suggestions. How your gatherings develop is up to the shared leadership. Nothing is in concrete. Decide on how you want to do it and go from there.
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