Tiger Scouts is an exciting introduction to the scouting program for first grade youth. Tigers do stuff – lots of stuff – and all with their adult partners. This program is intended to open up the world to inquisitive minds along with the caring guidance of adults. The first steps along the Scout Trail are laid here and every rank advancement through the scouting program builds on the basic activities done as Tigers.
If a boy or girl has completed kindergarten (or is 7 years old) and has earned the Bobcat Badge, they may start earning the Tiger rank. They will need a Tiger Scout handbook, Tiger neckerchief, and Tiger neckerchief slide. They will also need a blue Cub Scout Uniform. This part of the Scout Trail is intended to take one school year, preparing the scout to begin their Wolf adventures after the completion of first grade.
The Tiger Cub program runs on two levels. The scout and their adult partner complete Do-At-Home Projects as a family. Then, the scout and adult partner meet with the rest of the Tiger Den at den meetings, den outings, and pack meetings. Meeting sounds pretty boring, but a good scout meeting is active, fun, and interesting. The hour is often packed with games, activities, and safe adventure.
By completing seven adventures, the Tiger rank is earned.
Tiger Rank Requirements:
Complete each of the following Tiger required adventures with your den or family:
Complete one Tiger elective adventure of your den or family’s choosing from this list:
- Curiosity, Intrigue, and Magical Mysteries
- Earning Your Stripes
- Family Stories
- Floats and Boats
- Good Knights
- Rolling Tigers
- Sky Is the Limit
- Stories in Shapes
- Tiger: Safe and Smart
- Tiger Tag
- Tiger Tales
- Tiger Theater
With your parent or adult partner, complete the exercises in the pamphlet How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide, and earn the Cyber Chip award for your age.*
* If your family does not have Internet access at home AND you do not have ready Internet access at school or another public place or via a mobile device, the Cyber Chip portion of this requirement may be waived by your parent or guardian.
Akela is the name given to the Cub Scout’s leader. This is the Tiger’s adult partner, and that person is responsible for acknowledging completion of each adventure requirement by signing and dating the appropriate spot in the Tiger’s handbook. There is also a spot for the Tiger Den Leader to sign for each requirement. Pages in the back of the Tiger handbook can be used by the Tiger to track their progress all in one place. The den leader will enter the advancement information into the Pack’s advancement tracking software, known as Scoutbook.
Once a Tiger has completed enough adventures to earn his rank, he’s not finished. There are still many more adventures to explore until it’s time to move on to a Wolf den. Some scouts strive to earn the remaining dozen adventure belt loops.