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What is Tiger Cubs

What is Tiger Cubs?

Your boy is growing up fast. Just look at how quickly he outgrows his clothes! Ten years from now, he'll be 16 or 17 years old. Wow!

As he is growing, you can give him something that can help him develop self-assurance as he builds respect for other people. And he and you will both have fun doing it.

This adventure with him begins with Tiger Cubs - a program of exciting indoor and outdoor activities just right for a boy who is in first grade and/or is 7 years old. You are there with him as his support and guide, but you don't do things for him. He will learn by doing things himself. And as he learns and grows, your relationship with him will grow, too.

At the end of the school year, he will graduate into a Wolf Cub Scout den. Later, he will be in a Bear den, and then he'll become a Webelos Scout.

The Tiger Cub Program

The Tiger Cubs BSA program began in 1982 as a program for boy-adult partner teams. These teams share leadership with the Den Leader. The Scouting program is "fun with a purpose". There are ten area of emphasis for personal development:

  1. Character Development
  2. Spiritual Growth
  3. Good Citizenship
  4. Sportsmanship and Fitness
  5. Family Understanding
  6. Respectful Relationships
  7. Personal Achievement
  8. Friendly Service
  9. Fun and Adventure
  10. Preparation for Boy Scouts

Five are emphasized in Tiger Cubs. Responsibility, Citizenship, Health and Fitness, Respect, Faith.


The uniform is an important part of the Scouting program. It identifies the boys and adults with Tiger Cubs and gives them a sense of belonging to the den, the pack, and the Boy Scouts of America. Most boys enjoy wearing their Tiger Cub uniform. They should wear it to all den meetings, pack meetings, and special pack activities.

The official Tiger Cub uniform is the complete blue Cub Scout uniform with identifiable and appropriate Tiger Cub insignia. This is in line with the program's continuing efforts to promote Tiger Cubs as an integral part of a Cub Scout pack. The Tiger Cub den leader wears the official Cub Scout leader uniform, the Tiger Cub cap, and the Tiger Cub leader neckerchief.

Components of the Tiger Cub uniform are as follows:

  • Tiger Cub Cap
  • Cub Scout Long-Sleeve Shirt or . . .
  • Cub Scout Short-Sleeve Shirt
  • Tiger Cub Neckerchief
  • Tiger Cub Neckerchief Slide
  • Cub Scout Trousers or . . .
  • Cub Scout Shorts
  • Tiger Cub Belt
  • Tiger Cub Crew Socks


There are some excellent resources to help the Den Leader and Boy-Adult teams that share the leadership of the den. The following books are available at the Scout Shop:

  • Cub Scout Leader Book, BSA# 33221
  • Cub Program Helps, BSA# 34304
  • Cub Leader How To Book, BSA# 33832A

Boys Life Magazine has many articles and ideas.

Your Pack Leadership is a great resource because they have gone through the program already.

POW-WOW, an all day Adult Leader training event held in the Fall.

Roundtable meetings at Brooklyn Park Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints the Last the first Thursday of every month.

Northern Lights Cub Scout Leader Training held several times each year.


Tiger Cubs progress through ranks by completing certain requirements and electives. First they must learn three things:

  • Tiger Cub Motto: Search, Discover, Share
  • Cub Scout Sign
  • Cub Scout Salute

Completion earns the Tiger Cub Totem, a plastic Tiger Paw that is worn on the belt. It has four holes in it for attaching strands to hold the Totem Beads which he will begin to earn. There are five achievements for the Tiger Cub to complete:

  1. Making My Family Special
  2. Where I Live
  3. Keeping Myself Healthy and Safe
  4. How I Tell It
  5. Let's Go Outdoors

With three parts for each one:

  1. White bead for a family activity
  2. Orange bead for Den activity
  3. Black bead for going on a Den outing

When the Tiger Cub has completed these 15 items he is eligible for his Tiger Cub Badge. The fourth hole in the Totem is for Tiger Track Beads which are similar to the Cub Scout Wolf and Bear Silver Arrow Points. With every TEN completed, the Tiger Cub earns a Yellow Bead. The Tiger Cub badge is worn on the Tiger Cub Belt Totem. It is not worn on a shirt until he graduates to a Wolf Den. The badge is diamond shaped like the Bobcat, Wolf and Bear patch. Last year's Tiger Cubs, now Wolves, CANNOT receive the new style Tiger Patch as it is a new program, and they cannot go backwards to receive an award.

If you have any questions please come to Roundtable on the first Thursday of every month or contact Jake Twaddle (763)231-7226 (Program Relations Executive)