Explanation for the parents
Your Tiger Cub
will be a member of a den. Most dens have five to nine boy-adult partner teams,
meet twice a month in a den meeting, and have one outing a month, called a Go
See It. The den also takes part in the monthly Pack meetings. During den
meetings, Go See It outings, and Pack meetings, boys learn new things and have
Each den meeting and den activity is led by a den leader and an adult partner of
one of the Tiger Cubs. An adult partner can be a parent, relative, or friend who
is at least 18 years old and who cares about the boy. Each adult partner takes a
turn working with the den leader to plan and lead a den meeting and/or activity.
(You'll read more about this shared leadership later.)
Your Tiger Cub is also a member of a Cub Scout Pack. Most Packs are made up of
several dens that gather monthly at a Pack meeting. Pack meetings usually follow
a suggested theme and are a time for boys to be recognized for their
accomplishments during the month, to perform skits and songs they have learned
in den meetings, and to have fun with the entire family. For more information on
Pack meetings go back to the
main page and click on the
Pack number at
the top of the page.
Packs are led by a Cub master and Pack committee. Like the den leaders, the Cub master and assistants are volunteer leaders and are usually family members of
boys in the Pack. The Pack committee makes plans for Pack meetings and
activities and takes care of the "business" items that are necessary for a
to operate smoothly.
Most Pack committees consist of family members and members of the Pack's
chartered organization. The chartered organization is the community organization
that is granted a charter by the Boy Scouts of America to use the Scouting
program. This chartered organization might be a school, service club, religious
group, or other group interested in youth. The chartered organization approves
the leadership of the Pack, provides a meeting place, and operates the Pack
within the guidelines and policies of that organization and the BSA.
The Tiger Cub Badge
Tiger Cub badge is for boys who have completed all 15 parts of the five
achievements, that is, five family activities, five den activities, and five Go
See It outings. During an impressive ceremony, the Tiger Cub badge is presented
to the adult partner at a Pack meeting, who in turn presents the badge to the
The badge is affixed to the Tiger Cub belt totem in the recessed area.
While your boy is working on advancement, you can help. Besides signing his
handbook as Akela once he has done his best, let your den leader know of any
completed parts of achievements at your next den meeting. The den leader will
keep a record of your boy's individual progress on the Tiger Cub Den Advancement
Chart. In addition,your boy, with your help, will keep track of his own
advancement on the Tiger Trail chart found on page 152 of his handbook. This
encourages him and helps him see his progress toward the Tiger Cub rank.
advancement requirements are written in such a way as to give you room to customize
activities for your boy and your den. There are no performance requirements for Tiger
Cubs. Boys should never be "tested" or placed in a position where they will not be successful.
Simply participating in the activities and doing his best constitutes completion.
The den activities and 'Go See It' outings are intended to be completed with the den.
If a Tiger Cub is unable to participate in an activity because of illness or a conflict, however, you may work with him
to complete these requirements. For your boy to receive the full benefit of the program, it is important for you, his adult
partner, to make every effort to attend meetings regularly.
What Is Shared Leadership
The success of a Tiger Cub den depends on active, enthusiastic families
and a knowledgeable, well-trained den leader. The den leader plans and
carries out a year - round program of activities for the Tiger Cub den and
gives continuity to the program. Each month, however, the den leader also
works with a different boy-adult partner team to plan the two monthly den
meetings, the Go See It, and the den's part in the Pack meeting. (Some teams
may serve more than one month, depending on how big the den is.) This is
called shared leadership.
Shared leadership is a key part of Tiger Cubs
because the direct involvement of you and other adults is important for boys
at this age. Shared leadership also gives each boy and adult partner a
chance to lead, often resulting in an interesting variety of activities as
each boy - adult partner team shares its knowledge and resources. The Tiger
Cub den leader is a registered volunteer position within the BSA. Each Tiger
Den MUST include a person in this role. The responsibilities of the Tiger
Cub den leader can be summarized as:
- Work directly with other den and
Pack leaders to ensure that their den is an active and successful part of the
- Coordinate shared leadership
among the Tiger Cub adult partners, ensuring that den meetings and outings are
planned, prepared for, and con-ducted by all adult partners on a rotating basis,
and that the den activities provide advancement opportunities for the boys in
- Attend Pack leaders' meetings.
- Lead the den at the monthly
meeting and Pack activities.
- Ensure the transition of boys in
the Tiger Cub den into a Wolf den at the end of the year. See the Cub Scout
Leader Book for additional information concerning the responsibilities of this
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