Re: Tiger Cubs
Randy Bernstein (RBERN@AOL.COM)
Thu, 30 Nov 1995 00:01:45 -0500
The Tigers are capable of quite a bit but, the activities need to be short
and fast moving to keep their attention.
Last year, when my boy was a Tiger, we had a scavenger hunt at a local park
(find a red leaf, a pinecone, an acorn, etc.), went to a state park and
painted ceramics in the craft building, went to a local children's museum,
went fishing at a nearby lake, and gathered at one of the Tiger's houses to
make pinewood derby cars.
The Tiger Cub program is pretty flexible and open to interpretation.
Basically, anything you do which keeps the kids interested enough in Scouting
to come back next year is the right thing to do.
I do have one other suggestion. There isn't any recognition for the Tigers,
like there is for the older boys. So, what we have done is create a
recognition necklace for the boys. We bought a reel of lanyard ($2-3), some
tiger claws (I think they are about 25 cents at the Scout center) and some
packages of beads (buy them at a craft store for a fraction of the cost
you'll pay at the center.)
When a boy joins the Tiger den, he gets the lanyard with the claw. When he
attends a pack meeting he gets a blue bead, a den meeting he gets an orange
bead, and a special activity (Scouting for Food, Popcorn Sales, Camp-o-Ree,
etc.) he gets a yellow bead. Special beads may be given, as appropriate -- at
our October pack meeting, which was held at the local pumpkin patch, the boys
got a pumpkin bead.
Good luck, and let us know what you ended up doing for your "Big Ideas".
Randy Bernstein | Eagle 1973, Bronze Palm
Cubmaster, Pack 549 | Troop 33, Des Plaines, IL
Mid-America Council, Frontier District | OA Ordeal '72, Brthrhd '76, Vigil
Black Elk Elementary School
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