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Tiger Adventure Plans -- The Complete Den Leader Guide, and Comments and Ideas from the District Cub Trainer ...

The attachments on this page have all of the Adventure Plans for Tiger Rank Adventures -- Required Adventures in this attached pdf and Elective Adventures in this attached pdf -- and on our main Cub Scout Meeting Plans page, we've attached the Introduction Section to each Den Leader Guide (which is exactly the same in each Guide, except for a few pages about the specific Adventures for Tigers, Wolves, Bears and Webelos, so we've added each of those pages all in one place) and the Appendix of Resources (which is exactly the same in each Guide).  And in the attachments, and the notes below, we're sharing some ideas and comments from the District Cub Leader Trainer (who helped with the design of this new Cub Scout Advancement program ... and who has some ideas about easier delivery of that program, including "better to have more fun and adventure with family participation than to have more meetings!") ... let's make the most of your time with your boys, whether after school, in the evening or on weekends. 

And don't forget ... the Bobcat and First Meeting Adventure Plans found on the resource page called Getting Started Tips: Plans for First Meetings + Bobcat may be a better and easier way for you to start your Den's program and ensure that your Scouts earn the Bobcat Rank.  

For the "Easy Button" way to do these Tiger Rank Adventures, including ideas about how to do them with fewer "after school" or evening meetings (that are often hard for parents to do) and more completion on weekends "at campouts" or weekend daytime activities when more parents can participate (note: use these shortcut "Easy Button" approaches only where you need it ... there's lots of good activities in the Leader Guides of the Tiger Rank Adventures that -- when parents share the leadership of activities -- will make the program so much better for the boys).  If you have questions, email the Cub Leader Trainer.

Update:  as noted on this page, on November 30, 2016, modifications to Cub Scout Advancement requirements were announced that make some elements optional, that revise the language of some requirements, and that re-number some requirements.  You can follow the original Handbook requirements, or use the revised versions.  Comments are on that page as a Guide to how to proceed (scroll down to the attachment that goes rank by rank).  Comments are also added to the Required Adventure Plans attached here, with inserts about what changed and how you might approach the changes.

Here's ideas on the Tiger Rank Adventures -- these have a lot of great outdoor activities perfect for weekends, so if you aspire to be a TOPRATE Cub Scout Program (a "Totally Outdoor, Parent Run, Actively Targeting Excellence" Den), there's great ways to do that here:

  • Backyard Jungle (in the attached pdf, pages 7-15, pages 33-41 in the Tiger Guide) is a "required" adventure, but very hands on with planting something and building birdhouses, plus you'll probably go for a short hike.  
    • How many meetings: Really could do the entire Adventure on a Weekend event if you give it enough attention, but also easily done as a couple of meetings after school or in the evening.
    • Can this be a TOPRATE (outdoor, multiple parents involved) Adventure?  Absolutely.  This begs to be done all in the outdoors (the only part that might be inside is building a birdhouse.  And any parent can lead the hike elements of these requirements. 
  • Games Tigers Play (in the attached pdf, pages 16-25, pages 43-52 in the Tiger Guide) is a "required" adventure all about games, sports and nutrition -- we called the original idea "CalvinBall" like the comic strip.   But super fun, since they make up some games, and you can go see a sporting event ... like High School or Middle School Football or baseball or basketball or soccer.  
    • How many meetings:  as games, the whole thing could be done as a weekend event ... but since these are games and snacks, they will be fun to do even as "after school" or evening meetings, because it's not hard ... the boys will have a good time.  And there's plenty of room to "play" around most school fields if you go see a game.
    • Can this be a TOPRATE (outdoor, multiple parents involved) Adventure?  For sure.  While you can do games inside (like when it rains), they are normally more fun outside.  Any parent can help with these games.
  • Like other "faith" required Adventures, "My Family's Duty to God"  (in the attached pdf, pages 26-27, pages 53-54 in the Tiger Guide) will often be an "at home" adventure, because faith beliefs in Scouting are determined by the family -- everyone's duty is different.  Note that this refers to "find out what duty to God means to your family" ... and that's going to be different from family to family.  
    • How many meetings: easily done as zero meetings -- all at home. 
  • Team Tiger  (in the attached pdf, pages 28-55, pages 55-62 in the Tiger Guide) is a "required" adventure that is all about service and "doing your share" and diversity ... the different "teams" a boy is on at home, school, Scouts.
    • How many meetings:  Easily done as one Prep Meeting, plus a weekend event could be the service project, but could be 2 or 3 after school or evening meetings too if you want to "do it all".
    • Can this be a TOPRATE (outdoor, multiple parents involved) Adventure?  Yes, but this is the "least outside" of the Tiger Required Adventures.  Given that, you might want to be sure that the service project is a good "outside" project in your neighborhood.
  • Tiger Bites  (in the attached pdf, pages 36-45, pages 63-72 in the Tiger Guide) is a "required" adventure, covering food choices and preparation, manners and nutrition.  
    • How many meetings: This really could be just a weekend event  if you give it enough attention, or a couple of meetings if you want to abbreviate the three meeting plans.
    • Can this be a TOPRATE (outdoor, multiple parents involved) Adventure?  While this could be indoors or outdoors, if you make it a cookout you'll have more fun, and may get more "tailgating" dads involved in the Adventure.  Moms of course know all about food and cooking, and should be all over this Adventure.
  • Tigers in the Wild (in the attached pdf, pages 46-55, pages 73-82 in the Tiger Guide) is a "required" adventure that's all about hiking, the outdoors, nature, visiting a nature center, zoo or "other outdoor place".  
    • How many meetings: Really could do the entire Adventure on a weekend day or campout if you give it enough attention, but also easily done as a series of after school or evening meetings where you get outside ... and the "prep for hiking" meetings can have some hiking ... even "around the neighborhood" is an adventure.
    • Can this be a TOPRATE (outdoor, multiple parents involved) Adventure?  Hey, this is a hike and a "visit a nature center, zoo or another outdoor place" Adventure, so why would you do any of this inside at all (absent bad weather).  Even the "preparation" can be done with more meaning (and fun) if done as a short first hike, or just a get outside event.

So, there's your Six Required Adventures ... add one more from the list of 13 Elective Adventures found in the Handbook and Meeting Plans for the Tiger Rank Adventures, and with the Cyber Chip program your son will earn the Rank.  Some of those electives should be very very easy to do on weekends or at meetings -- every parent in the Den should look at those Tiger Rank Adventures and find one that fits your passion, hobby or history!

  • Note:  don't "aim" to do "just the minimum" ...
  • ... where your parents / extended families / teachers you recruit / field trips you schedule find more Tiger Rank Adventures to do, do them!
  • Your kids are kids only once ... enjoy every adventure!

The Tiger Elective Adventures are:

  • Curiosity, Intrigue, and Magical Mysteries, is about magic, codes, sign language and more (in the attached pdf, pages 7-15, pages 85-93 in the Tiger Guide).
  • Earning Your Stripes, is about loyalty,  service and courtesy (manners) (in the attached pdf, pages 16-21, pages 95-100 in the Tiger Guide).
  • Family Stories, is about family heritage (in the attached pdf, pages 22-29, pages 101-108 in the Tiger Guide). 
  • Floats and Boats, is about boating, water safety, and while you don’t have to go boating, please do safely … it makes it more fun (in the attached pdf, pages 30-39, pages 109-118 in the Tiger Guide). 
  • Good Knights, is about the Scout Law, den identity and service, with an obstacle course thrown in for fun.   The den crest activity could launch into a Den Flag activity if you want that (in the attached pdf, pages 40-45, pages 119-124 in the Tiger Guide).
  • Rolling Tigers, is all about BIKES!  Safety and go biking!  A good one for Cubs of all ages (yes, you can).   (in the attached pdf, pages 46-51, pages 125-130 in the Tiger Guide)
  • Sky is the Limit, is all about the night sky, constellations, astronauts, etc. (in the attached pdf, pages 52-61, pages 131-140 in the Tiger Guide)
  • Stories in Shapes, is about art (in the attached pdf, pages 62-69, pages 141-148 in the Tiger Guide).
  • Tiger-iffic, is all about GAMES, including board games, video games, team games (in the attached pdf, pages 70-74, pages 149-153 in the Tiger Guide).
  • Tiger-Safe and Smart, is all about home and neighborhood safety (in the attached pdf, pages 75-82, pages 155-162 in the Tiger Guide).
  • Tiger Tag, is more about GAMES, including outdoor games and relay games (in the attached pdf, pages 83-88, pages 163-168 in the Tiger Guide).
  • Tiger Tales, is all about story-telling, tall tales, singing (in the attached pdf, pages 89-94, pages 169-174 in the Tiger Guide).
  • Tiger Theater, is about theater, charades, puppets, and more (in the attached pdf, pages 95-100, pages 175-180 in the Tiger Guide).

For more ideas, or questions, or comments, feel free to email the Cub Leader Trainer.