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Tiger Cub Scout requirement resources include Electives, cross references to
Belt Loops & Pins, Cub Scout Workbooks, Awards, & Den Leader Fast Tracks Den Meeting plans.
Special topics include Bobcat Badge, Uniform, Training, Pinewood Derby, and Day Camp.


Cub Scout Tiger Cub Rank

Tiger Cub Rank Badge
Target age group: 1st grade
Created: 2001
Current status: Active
Latest Requirements Revision: 2001
Latest Handbook Revision: 2006
Previous rank:
Bobcat Badge
Next rank:
Wolf Cub Scout

The Tiger Cub Scout program is for boys who have completed Kindergarten (or are age 7). After earning the Bobcat badge, a boy may earn the Tiger Cub badge by completing 15 achievements involving simple physical and mental skills.



Each month Tiger Cubs generally have at least two den meetings, a pack meeting, and a "Go See It" den meeting outing. The program section of the Tiger Cub den meeting is usually divided into three parts, corresponding to the Tiger Cub Motto:

  • Share. Each boy shares something that he's done since the last meeting.
  • Search. Leaders and Den Chiefs will discuss the next Go See It outing. This activity could fulfill one of the achievement requirements or one of the elective requirements, or it could relate to the monthly theme.
  • Discover. During Discover time, the den leader may introduce the monthly theme and talk about what the den will be doing for the pack meeting. Then the boys will play games, have activities, take part in outdoor activities, or work on advancement requirements.

"The Bobcat badge is earned prior to all other ranks. If a boy joins Cub Scouting as a Wolf, Bear, or Webelos, he must earn the Bobcat badge first before receiving any other award or rank. - Advancement Policies, pp. 18-21

As a boy completes each part of the Tiger Cub achievements, he will be awarded either an orange (den activities), white (family activities), or black ("Go See It") bead. When the boy has earned five beads of each color, he is eligible to receive his Tiger Cub badge. 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.

Tiger Cubs can complete Tiger Cub Electives and Belt Loops and Pins at any time. The Tiger Cub Scout uniform has six parts.

“A boy on joining wants to begin Scouting right away.”
Robert Baden-Powell



Tiger Cub Scout requirements

To receive the Tiger Cub rank, the Tiger Cub must complete all 15 parts of the following five achievements with you, his adult partner. You will approve each part after your boy does his best to finish it and sign where it says "Akela's OK."

Remember that there are no performance requirements for a boy. Simply participating and doing one's best in the activity constitutes completion.

Making My Family Special

1F. Family Activity
Think of one chore you can do with your adult partner. Complete it together.
Character Connections - Responsibility
Know: Think about the job that you completed. What was the hardest part of doing the job? How well was the job done? What does it mean to be responsible?
Commit: Why is being responsible important? Are there jobs you can do by yourself? List other ways that you can be responsible.
Practice: Do requirement 1F.
1D. Den Activity
Make a family scrapbook.
1G. Go See It!
Go to a library, historical society, museum, old farm, or historical building or visit an older person in your community. Discover how family life was the same and how it was different many years ago.

Where I Live

2F. Family Activity
Look at a map of your community with your adult partner.
2D. Den Activity
Practice the Pledge of Allegiance with your den, and participate in a den or pack flag ceremony.
  • I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Character Connections - Citizenship
Know: What does it mean to be a good citizen? Why do you think we say the Pledge of Allegiance?
Commit: Is it easy to be a good citizen? Why is it important to show respect to the flag even if others around you might not?
Practice: Do requirement 2D.
2G. Go See It!
Visit a police station or a fire station. Ask someone who works there how he or she helps people in your community.

Keeping Myself Healthy and Safe

3F. Family Activity
a. With your family, plan a fire drill and then practice it in your home.
b. With your adult partner, plan what to do if you became lost or separated from your family in a strange place.
3D. Den Activity
Make a Food Guide Pyramid.
Character Connections - Health and Fitness
Know: With a family adult, have a healthy snack.
Commit: When is it difficult to eat healthy food?
Practice: What foods are best for your health and growth?
3G. Go See It!
Learn the rules of a game or sport. Then, go watch an amateur or professional game or sporting event.

How I Tell It

4F. Family Activity
At a family meal, have each family member take turns telling the others one thing that happened to him or her that day. Remember to practice being a good listener while you wait for your turn to talk.
Character Connections - Respect
Know: When talking with other family members, how do you show courtesy and respect? How do you listen respectfully? How can you interrupt people and still be respectful?
Commit: How does it feel when people listen to you with respect? List three things to remember that will help you talk respectfully with others.
Practice: Join in a family conversation. After the conversation, discuss how you and the others showed respect?
4D. Den Activity
Play "Tell It Like It Isn't"
4G. Go See It!
Visit a television station, radio station, or newspaper office. Find out how people there communicate with others.

Let's Go Outdoors

5F. Family Activity
Go outside and watch the weather.
Character Connections - Faith
Know: Discuss things about the weather that you know to be true, but you cannot see at the moment, such as is the sun still there although you only see clouds? Is the moon there, even though it is day? Can you see wind? Do you know that the rain will eventually stop? Do you have faith in other things you can't see?
Commit: What makes it difficult to believe in things you cannot see? What helps you to develop faith?
Practice: Do requirement 5F.
5D. Den Activity
With a crayon or colored pencil and a piece of paper, make a leaf rubbing.
5G. Go See It!
Take a hike with your den.


The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Tiger Cub Handbook, 2007 Edition (BSA Supply No. 34713)

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Key Rules for Tiger Cub Scouts

Tiger Cub Scouts
See the Age-Appropriate Guidelines for much more.

Tiger Electives

Main article: Tiger Cub Electives


Tiger Cub Immediate Recognition Emblem

Tiger Cub Scout
Immediate Recognition Emblem

Level: Tiger Cub Scout
Created: 2001

Tiger Cubs are presented the Tiger Cub immediate recognition emblem when they learn the first three requirements for the Bobcat badge:

When a Tiger Cub has accomplished these tasks, he should be awarded his Tiger Cub immediate recognition emblem at the next pack meeting.


The Tiger Cub immediate recognition emblem is a tiger paw print with four strands to which beads are added as each achievement toward the Tiger Cub rank is completed:

  • White beads are for Family activities
  • Orange beads are for Den activities
  • Black beads are for Go See It! activities
  • Yellow discs (Tiger Track beads) are for every 10 electives completed (not awarded until after the Tiger Cub Badge is earned)

Worn suspended from the right pocket flap button of the uniform shirt.


Related achievements, electives, or other awards

The Tiger Cub Scout Achievements start you on many different Belt Loops and Pins!
All registered Tiger Cubs, Wolf Cubs, Bear Cubs, and Webelos Scouts can earn Belt Loops and Pins.
1D. Make a family scrapbook
  • Art Belt Loop - Complete the Art Belt Loop at the same time: #1 List common materials, #2 Use design elements, and #3 primary and secondary color usage.
  • Art Pin - Include #2 Self-portraits, #7 Photos, #8 A collage, #9 A cover # 10 A computer illustration, and #11 Display your scrapbooks at a pack meeting.
2D Flag Ceremonies
2F. Look at a map of your community with your adult partner.
3D. Make a Food Guide Pyramid.
3G. Learn the rules of a game or sport. Then, go watch an amateur or professional game or sporting event.
5F. Go outside and watch the weather.
5D Go outside to make a leaf rubbing.
5G. Take a hike with your den.

Also see the Related Requirements for Tiger Electives.

Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program

All registered Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts can earn Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program Belt Loops and Pins more than once.
Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program Guide #34299B, p.1 & 4 and Cub Scout Leader Book, p. 31-1.

Belt Loops & Pins tie directly to these requirements: Tiger / Electives, Wolf / Electives, Bear / Electives, and Webelos Activity Pins.



Other awards available to Tiger Cub Scouts

See also: Cub Scout Awards
Honor Awards

List of all Scouting Awards


History of the Tiger Cub program

In 1982, Tiger Cubs was started as a "Pack-associated" program with Tiger Cubs being 7 years old. They wore special orange T-shirts with iron-on "badges". Beginning in 1996, when a Tiger Cub graduated to the Pack, he was presented with a "Tiger Cub BSA" strip that would be worn just below the right pocket of the blue uniform shirt:Image:TigerCubsBSApatch.jpg When the grade-based rank system was phased in in 1986, the age for beginning Tiger Cubs was lowered to First grade. In 2001, the current diamond-shaped Tiger Cub rank badge was introduced. In 2007, the Tiger Cub Den was fully integrated into the pack; Tiger Cubs now wear the blue Cub Scout shirt.

Tiger Cub Den Meeting Plans

Tiger Cub Den Meeting Plans

Den meeting plans are developed around a Scouting program year that is presumed to begin in early September and continue through May, at which time Cub Scouts would become involved in summertime Scouting activities.

Two types of den meeting plans are offered for the den leader’s use:

  • Numbered plans: Programming for the program/school year (September through May), including rank advancement requirements for dens meeting twice a month
  • Lettered or supplemental plans: Additional programming for dens meeting year-round or more than twice per month

The den meeting plans for each rank are designed to be conducted in sequential order. Certain activities are partially completed in one meeting and finished in another. Other activities or skills are natural prerequisites for things that come later in the den’s year.

Local conditions (weather, events, etc.) or your den’s schedule may make altering the order of the den meetings attractive. As a den leader, you may change the order solong as you make sure the change does not jeopardize the boys’ opportunity to earn their rank in the allotted time or disrupt the logical order of the activities and achievements.When there is any doubt, the planned order should be used. Discuss with your Cubmaster any changes, as they may also affect pack activities.

Download Tiger Cub Den Meeting Planning Worksheet
Download the Tiger Letter Template

Den Meeting No. Tiger Den Meeting Plans Requirements/Electives Covered
*HA = Home/family assignment
1 Bobcat and Making My Family Special Do: Achievement 1D, Bobcat (partial)
HA*: Achievement 1F
2 Bobcat and Making My Family Special Do: Achievements 1G and 3D; Bobcat
Verify: Achievement 1F
3 Keeping Myself Healthy and Safe Do: Achievements 3D, 3F, and 3G (partial), Elective 28
HA: Achievement 3Fa and Elective 28
4 Go See It: Keeping Myself Healthy and Safe Verify: Achievement 3Fa, Elective 23
Do: Achievement 3G
5 Go See It: Let’s Go Outdoors Do: Achievements 5F and 5D, 5G; Elective 6 PDF
6 Where I Live and How I Tell It Do: Achievements 2F, 2D, and 4D
HA: Achievement 4F
7 Go See It: Where I Live Verify or do: Achievement 4F
Do: Achievement 2G
8 Go See It: How I Tell It Do: Achievement 4G PDF
9 How Do You Celebrate? and Making Decorations Do: Elective 1, Elective 2 PDF
10 Go See It: Making Change and Banking Do: Elective 13, Elective 50 PDF
11 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle; Reading Fun; Play Along!; and The Show Must Go On Do: Elective 47, Elective 21 PDF
12 Transportation Do: Elective 41 PDF
13 Phone Manners, Emergency!, Our Colorful World, and A Friendly Greeting Do: Elective 26, Elective 27, Elective 15, Elective 12 PDF
14 Go See It: Pet Care and Learn About Animals Do: Elective 43, Elective 31 PDF
15 Fun and Games (Bingo or Other Games) Do: Elective 3
HA: Elective 23, Elective 25
16 Cleanup Treasure Hunt, What Kind of Milk?, and Snack Time Do: Elective 33, Elective 23, Elective 25 PDF

Den Meeting Letter Tiger Den Meeting Plans Requirements/Electives Covered
*HA = Home/family assignment
A Collecting and Other Hobbies Do: Elective 16 PDF
B Make a Model, Part 1 Do: Elective 17
HA: Elective 17
C Make a Model, Part 2 Do: Elective 17 PDF
D Go See It: Visit a Bakery Do: Elective 45 PDF
E Get the Word Out Do: Elective 20 PDF
F Magic Fun Do: Elective 19 PDF
G Picnic Fun, Snack Time, Safety in the Sun, and Fun Outdoors Do: Elective 22, Elective 25, Elective 29, Elective 35 PDF
H Plant a Seed! and Song Time Do: Elective 30, Elective 6 PDF
I Go See It: See a Performance Do: Elective 36 PDF
J Visit a Bike Repair Shop and Take a Bike Ride With Your Adult Partner Do: Elective 38, Elective 37 PDF
K Go See It: Go to Work Do: Elective 39 PDF
L Feed the Birds Do: Elective 32 PDF
M Family Mobile Do: Elective 5 PDF
N Display a Picture Do: Elective 4 PDF
O Go See It: Healthy Teeth and Gums Do: Elective 46 PDF
P Sew a Button and Song Time Do: Elective 18, Elective 6 PDF

Tiger Cub Den Tracking Sheet

Some notes about the Tiger Achievement Tracking Sheet

This spreadsheet will track the progress of up to 15 scouts of your Tiger Den at one time.

The spreadsheet contains an individual worksheet for each scout in your den  and a summary sheet, and detail sheet where the progress of all the scouts can be viewed.