The Tiger Trail (getting started)

To earn the rank of Tiger Cub, you scout will be provided with a Tiger Handbook to begin working on the Tiger Trail.   Below is an outline of the material covered in the handbook. 

Note: Some of these activities are done at home and signed off by the parent after the boy has completed the task. The handbook should be shown to the Den Leader - who records the progress and also updates the PackMaster Software Program. PackMaster will track your son's progress through his scouting career but you must report your scouts progress in a timely manner. We will email the progress reports to you at appropriate times, this will ensure the records are current and accurate

Note: There are no performance requirements for completing tasks. Simply participating and doing one's best in an activity constitutes completion.

To begin his path to the Tiger Cub Rank, a boy must do the following to earn the Bobcat Badge:

1. Learn and say the Scout Oath, with help if needed.
2. Learn and say the Scout Law, with help if needed.
3. Show the Cub Scout sign. Tell what it means.
4. Show the Cub Scout handshake. Tell what it means.
5. Say the Cub Scout motto. Tell what it means.
6. Show the Cub Scout salute. Tell what it means.
7. With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet How to Protect Your
Children From Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide—Bobcat Requirements

 The Bobcat Trail is outlined at the beginning of every handbook in Cub Scouts.   Once completed and reported to your Den Leader, the Bobcat Badge will be awarded at the next Monthly Pack Meeting. 

Note: Once a Bobcat, always a Bobcat... Once he earns his Bobcat Badge he can skip it in other handbooks as he advance through the ranks.   

The Tiger Trail (the program)

In order to earn the Tiger Cub Rank the Tiger Cub Scout should follow the "Tiger Trail" by completing a Six required adventures to be completed with your Family, Den or Pack:
  1. Backyard Jungle
  2. Games Tigers Play
  3. My Family's Duty to God
  4. Team Tiger 
  5. Tiger Bites 
  6. Tigers in the Wild

As he completes each Activity, he is awarded a belt loop

This is how our scouts follow the Tiger Trail to receive their Tiger Cub Badge...
  1. Backyard Jungle
    • 1 - Take a 1-foot hike.  Make a list of the living things you find on your 1-foot hike
    • 2 - Point out two different kinds of birds that live in your area
    • 3 - Be helpful to plants and animals by planting a tree or other plant in your neighborhood
    • 4 - Build and hang a birdhouse
    • 5 - With your adult partner, go on a walk, and pick out two sounds you hear in your "jungle"
  2. Games Tigers Play
    • 1A - Play two initiative or team-building games with the members of your den
    • 1B - Listen carefully to your leader while the rules are being explained, and follow directions when playing.
    • 1C - At the end of the game, talk with the leader about what you learned when you played the game.  Tell how you helped the den by playing your part.
    • 2 - Make up a game with the members of your den.
    • 3 - Make up a new game, and play it with your family or members of your den or pack.
    • 4 - While at a sporting event, ask a player or coach why he or she thinks it is important to be active
    • 5 - Bring a nutritious snack to a den meeting.  Share why you picked it and what makes it a good snack choice.
  3. My Family's Duty to God
    • 1 - With your adult partner, find out what duty to God means to your family
    • 2 - Find out what makes each member of your family special.
    • 3 - With your family, make a project that shows your family's beliefs about God.
    • 4 - Participate in a worship experience or activity with your family.
  4. Team Tiger 
    • 1 - List the different teams of which you are a part.
    • 2 - With your den, make a den job chart that shows everyone doing something to help. As one of the den jobs, lead the Pledge of Allegiance at a den meeting.
    • 3 - Pick two chores you will do at home once a week for a month.
    • 4 - Make a chart to show three ways that members of your Tiger team are different from each other.
    • 5 - Do an activity to help your community or neighborhood team. 
  5. Tiger Bites
    • 1 - Identify three good food choices and three foods that would not be good choices.
    • 2 - Show that you know the difference between a fruit and a vegetable. Eat one of each.
    • 3 - With your adult partner, pick a job to help your family at mealtime. Do it every day for one week.
    • 4 - Show you an keep yourself and your personal area clean.
    • 5 - Talk with your adult partner about what foods you can eat with your fingers.  Practice your manners when eating them.
    • 6 - With your adult partner plan and make a good snack choice or other nutritious food to share with your den.
  6. Tigers in the Woods
    • 1 - With your adult partner, name and collect the Cub Scout Six Essentials you need for a hike.  Tell your den leader what you would need to add to your list if it rains.
    • 2 - Go for a short hike with your den or family, and carry your own gear.  Show you know how to get ready for this hike.
    • 3A - Listen while your leader reads the Outdoor Code. Talk about how you can be clean in your outdoor manners.
    • 3B - Listen while your leader reads the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids. Discuss why you should "Trash Your Trash".
    • 3C - Apply the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace Principles for Kids on your Tiger den and pack outings. After one outing, share what you did to demonstrate the principles you discussed.
    • 4 - While on the hike, find three different kinds of plants, animals or signs that animals have been on the trail. List what you saw in your Tiger Handbook. 
    • 5 - Participate in an outdoor pack meeting or pack campout campfire. Sing a song and act out a skit with your Tiger den as part of the program.
    • 6 - Find two different trees and two different types of plants that grow in your area. Write their names in your Tiger Handbook.
    • 7 - Visit a nearby nature center, zoo, or another outside place with your family or den. Learn more about two animals and write down two interesting things about them in your Tiger Handbook.
After completing the six Achievements and one elective, the Tiger Cub is awarded the Tiger Cub Patch.

Note to Parents
  1. Your Den Leader will track the Den Activities for each of the six categories
  2. You should use the Scout Handbook to especially track each of the Activities.  There are places to "Sign Off" on each activity in the handbook.
  3. Start a Scout Folder to store papers and projects as your scout completes them.
  4. Bring the Handbook (and folder) to a Den meeting to have your family activities recorded by the Den Leader.
Our Pack uses "PackMaster" software to track the progress of your scout.  The Den Leaders have access to the software.  So make sure your child gets credit for completing activities.  A report on your child's progress can be printed upon request.  We also use Packmaster to purchase appropriate badges and awards.  Make sure you are getting proper credit (by working with your Den Leader) and the recognition will come at each of the Pack Meetings.  Packmaster will track your child's progress for as long as they are in the Pack.