WHAT'S NEW TIGER CUB FACT SHEET
As part of our effort to remove barriers from Tiger Cubs participating fully in Cub scouting and to create additional fun and excitement for first-grade boys, key enhancements are listed below:
Tiger Cubs introduces boys and their adult partners to the excitement of Cub Scouting. A shared leadership component, where a den leader works with boy-adult partner teams, gives everyone input into the planning and carrying out of activities.
Tiger Cubs is for boys who are in the first grade (or are 7 years old) and their adult partners. The basic element of Tiger Cubs is the Tiger Cub-adult partner team. The requirements are that the adult partner be, 18 years of age or older, care about the boy, and be strongly committed to his well being. The boy and his adult partner join Tiger Cubs together. They do all the family, den, and Go See It activities together. The adult partner is responsible for seeing that the boy is successful with his advancement in Tiger Cubs.
Each Tiger Cub and his adult partner are considered a team and five to nine Tiger Cub teams form a Tiger Cub den. Tiger Cubs runs on a shared leadership model. A Tiger Cub den leader works with a different boy-adult partner team each month to plan the den meetings, the Go See It, and the den's part in the pack meeting.
The Tiger Cub den should be actively involved in the pack meeting. The den leader should coordinate with the Cubmaster to determine what part the Tiger Cub den will play in the pack meeting. The den may prepare a simple song or skit, and boys should be awarded their advancement recognition at pack meetings.
Packs that have more than one Tiger Cub den should not combine Tiger Cub den meetings; each den should hold its own den meetings. The pack is not limited in the number of Tiger Cub dens it may have, and it should plan to have enough Tiger Cub dens to allow every eligible boy to be a Tiger Cub.
The Tiger Cub den leader gives leadership to planning and carrying out a year-round program of activities for the Tiger Cub den. Although it is ideal for the den leader to be an individual with experience in Cub Scouting, the pack may select a new parent or guardian in the Tiger Cub den. The pack is responsible for seeing that the den leader is trained for the position and is given ongoing support by the other leaders.
The adult partner is a parent or other adult who co-registers with a boy as part of a Tiger Cub team. Each boy-adult partner team assumes the responsibility of hosting one or more months of den meetings with the den leader. The host team and the den leader plan the meeting program and the location.
The Tiger Cub den leader manages the den using the concept of shared leadership. The Tiger Cub den leader provides experience and continuity throughout the program year.
The Tiger Cub den leader and the host adult partner should plan the den meetings and the Go See It; however, they are not expected to find and develop all of the ideas and materials needed to run their den meetings. The pack leadership team will have already planned pack meetings through the annual pack program planning conference and will have determined what support the dens will provide for those meeting. A den leader can get help from the Cubmaster and pack committee members to develop the den meeting programs. All of these can help the den leader and host adult partner plan good den meetings.
Tiger Cubs and their adult partners should attend four meetings each month to experience the fun of Scouting:
As Tiger Cubs is based on shared leadership, each month a different adult partner will be working with the Tiger Cub den leader to plan the two den meetings and the Go See It for that month. They will also organize the participation of the boys in the monthly pack meeting.
Several resources are available to help the Tiger Cub den leader and host adult partner plan the den meetings and Go See It.
The location of den meetings will vary depending on the resources of the host adult partner. The meetings should be held in a predetermined place so that all den members will know where they will meet that month.
Tiger Cub den meetings are held each week at a time that is convenient for adult partners and is appropriate for Tiger Cub age boys. Each month the boys and adult partners will attend two den meetings, one Go See It, and a pack meeting. Meetings should last no longer than one hour.
Each year, Cub Scout Program Helps suggests 12 monthly themes suitable for Tiger Cubs and Cub Scouts. This annual publication includes songs, skits, games, crafts, and ideas for Go See It activities that complement the theme. Boys' Life magazine also features ideas and articles each month on the recommended theme, and the monthly Cub Scout leader roundtable meetings provide program ideas and instruction for these same themes.
Cub Scout ranks are set up by grade and age, except for the Bobcat, which all boys must earn. The Tiger Cub rank is for those boys who have completed kindergarten (or are 7 years old). The Bobcat badge is earned after the Tiger Cub rank but before all other ranks.
Although participation with an adult partner is required for all Tiger Cub awards, adult partners do not earn these awards. Recognition items are for boys only.
To ensure that boys are given prompt recognition for advancement, it is important that accurate, up-to-date den and pack advancement records are kept (see the descriptions above).
To begin his path to the Tiger Cub rank, the Tiger Cub must learn the Tiger Cub motto (Search, Discover, Share), the Cub Scout sign, and the Cub Scout salute. When he has accomplished these tasks, he will be awarded his Tiger Cub belt totem. This is a tiger paw with four strands for totem beads that he wears on his belt. A boy earns totem beads by working on the five Tiger Cub achievements. The Tiger Cub belt totem should be awarded at the pack meeting.
As a boy completes each part of the achievements, he will be awarded either an orange, white, or black totem bead at den meetings:
As each bead is awarded and added to the boy's totem, he should be recognized with a simple ceremony at the den meeting. When the boy has earned all five white beads, all five orangebeads, and all five black beads, he is eligible to receive his Tiger Cub badge.
Note that a boy can earn only one bead for each of the 15 achievement parts, regardless of how many times he may repeat a particular part.
The Tiger Cub badge is for boys who complete all three parts of the five achievements and earn their 15 totem beads. The five achievements are:
For each achievement, the Tiger Cub-adult partner team must complete a den activity, a family activity, and a Go See It.
The adult partner approves the completion of each achievement part by signing the boy's handbook. The Tiger Cub, under the guidance of the den leader, keeps a record of his individual progress on the Tiger Cub Den Wall Chart. The den leader awards him totem beads at a den meeting as recognition for successful completion of each requirement.
The Tiger Cub badge is presented to the adult partner at the next pack meeting. In an impressive ceremony, the adult partner in turn presents the badge to the boy.
Boys wear the Tiger Cub badge by placing it in the recessed area of the Tiger Cub belt totem. When they transition into a Wolf Cub Scout den, they wear the badge on the blue uniform shirt on the left pocket in the bottom position.
After earning the Tiger Cub badge, a boy is encouraged to work on the numerous elective activities in his book, which are aimed at sparking his interest in a new hobby, activity, or skill.
When he completes 10 electives, he earns a Tiger Track bead. He is also encouraged to begin working on the requirements for his Bobcat badge.
The Tiger Track beads are worn on the fourth strand of the Tiger Cub belt totem. There is no limit to the number of Tiger Track beads that a boy may earn; however, each Tiger Track bead must represent the completion of 10 electives.
Boys may work on electives at the same time as achievements, but a boy can't receive Tiger Track beads until he has earned the Tiger Cub badge.
The den leader marks the Tiger Cub Den Advancement Report to show Tiger Track beads earned and gives the report to the pack committee at the monthly pack leaders' meeting. The Tiger Track beads are presented to the adult partners at the next pack meeting, who in turn present them to their boys during a pack advancement ceremony.
Before becoming a Wolf Cub Scout, a boy must complete the Bobcat requirements:
When a boy has completed these requirements, his parent or guardian approves his work and signs his book. The den leader indicates this on the Tiger Cub Den Advancement Report and gives the report to the pack committee at the monthly pack leaders' meeting. The boy is then eligible to receive his Bobcat badge in a meaningful pack ceremony. Any Bobcat ceremony in which boys are physically turned upside down contains significant potential for harm and should not be used.
A boy saves the Bobcat badge. When he transitions into the Wolf Cub Scout program, he will wear the Bobcat badge on the blue uniform shirt on the left pocket in the top position.
No matter what age or grade a boys joins Cub Scouting, he must earn his Bobcat badge before he can be awarded the rank of Wolf, Bear, or Webelos.
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