Tiger Den

History
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. When the grade-based rank system was phased 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. In 2015, "Tiger Cub" was renamed "Tiger" with a new image and program requirements. The individual rank parts now receive a belt loop for the immediate reward, with the actual rank presentation occurring at a Court of Honor.

Overview
A boy or girl that is 6-7 years old or is in the first grade joins Cub Scouting with their parent or adult guardian as a Tiger. Tigers and their adult partners are just that, partners. They attend meetings together, go on adventures like field trips together, and complete requirements together, one-on-one. As a Tiger, your son or daughter will be part of a group of boys or girls of their same sex and age called a Den, they can build confidence and self-esteem and learn recognition.

All new Cub Scouts (exception Lions), must first earn their Bobcat rank before they can be awarded their Tiger, Wolf, Bear, or Webelos rank. After completing the requirements for Bobcat, they may go on to complete the requirements and electives that are offered for their rank.

Expectation
Tigers work side-by-side with their adult partner(s) during Den meetings and outings.

The Program
Dens meet 2 to 3 times a month and are 45 minutes to an hour; outings are slightly longer. Dens have six to eight boys or girls and meet two to three times a month. Dens are seperated by sex. Dens are seperated by sex. Each Den meeting and Den activity is led by a Den leader and an Assistant Den Leader. If no Assistant Den Leader has been elected, Adult partner(s) may substitue. Adult partners can be parents, relatives, or friends who are at leat 18 years old. Each adult partner takes a turn working with the Den leader to plan and lead a Den meeting and/or activity.

Rank Advancement and Adventures
Tiger Scouts work toward the Tiger rank. Although participation with an adult partner is required for all Tiger awards, recognition items are for Tigers only.

In addition to earning the Bobcat rank, a Scout must complete the following to earn the Tiger Rank:
  1. Complete each of these six required adventures:
    • My Tiger Jungle
    • Games Tigers Play
    • Tiger Circles: Duty to God
    • Team Tiger
    • Tiger Bites
    • Tigers in the Wild
  2. In addition to the six required adventures listed above, Scouts must complete at least one elective adventure of your den’s or family’s choosing.
  3. With your parent, guardian, or other caring adult, Scouts must also complete the exercises in the pamphlet How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide.
  4. Finally, Scouts must also earn the Cyber Chip award for their age. (The Cyber Chip portion of this requirement may be waived by your parent or guardian if you do not have access to the internet.)
Uniform
The uniform for the Tigers consists of:
  • Blue class “A” shirt - Required
    • Worn at Den meetins, Pack meetings and other official BSA events
  • The official navy-blue web belt with metal buckle - Required
    • Needed to place belt-loops.
  • Patches (Council Strip, World Crest, Den #, Pack # [200]) - Required
  • Tiger Handbook - Required
  • Neckerchief and slide - Required
    • The Pack provides the Neckerchief
    • The slide does not have to be the metal-rank-specific-BSA slide.
  • Official uniform pants, shorts, or skorts, and Cub Scout socks - Optional
    • Not required by the Pack