The Tiger Trail (getting started)

Tiger Scout Resources for a Great Program

Tiger Scouts is an exciting introduction to the scouting program for first grade boys (or 7 years old) ready to get going!   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 Boy Scout Trail are laid here and every rank advancement through the scouting program builds on the basic activities done as Tigers.

If a boy has completed kindergarten (or is 7 years old) and has earned the Bobcat Badge, he may start earning the Tiger rank. He receives a Tiger Scout handbook, Tiger neckerchief, and Tiger neckerchief slide. He will also need a blue Cub Scout Uniform. This part of the boy scout trail is intended to take one school year, preparing the scout to begin his Wolf adventures after he completes first grade.

The Tiger Cub program runs on two levels. The scout and his adult partner do 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.

  • Tiger Cub Motto:
    Search, Discover, Share
  • For a few years, up until 2001, the Tiger Cubs had their own promise to memorize. That was discontinued in favor of the Cub Scout promise, which was replaced with the Scout Oath in 2015.
    Tiger Cub Promise:
    I promise to love God, my family and my country,
    and to learn about the world.

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)

Tiger Advancement
Tiger Scouts spend their time doing adventures that move them ahead towards their Tiger rank. By completing seven adventures, the Tiger rank is earned. The Tiger's adult partner participates the entire way, but the recognition items are only for the scouts.

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Tiger Rank Requirements:

  1. Complete each of the following Tiger required adventures with your den or family:
    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
  2. Complete one Tiger elective adventure of your den or family’s choosing from this list: Magical MysteriesEarning Your Stripes,Family StoriesFloats and BoatsGood KnightsRolling TigersSky Is the LimitStories in ShapesTiger-iffic!Tiger: Safe and SmartTiger TagTiger TalesTiger Theater
  3. 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 his progress all in one place, and some dens use advancement charts or den doodles to publicly display advancement.

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.

Note to Parents
  1. Your Den Leader will track the Den Activities and the "Go-and-See" for each of the five categories
  2. You should use the Scout Handbook to especially track each of the Family Activities.  There are places to "Sign Off" on each activity in the handbook.
  3. So, use your handbook to track each of the family activities (among others) your scout completes.
  4. Start a Scout Folder to store papers and projects as your scout completes them.
  5. Bring the Handbook (and folder) to a Den meeting to have your family activities recorded by the Den Leader.
Our Pack uses 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 software 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.  The Software will track your child's progress for as long as they are in the Pack.