Category Archives: Tigers

How to Make Shapes with Tangrams

make shapes with tangramsDo you know what a tangram is?  You probably do, but you don’t realize it.  Tangrams are those square wooden puzzles that are cut into seven smaller shapes.  You use those shapes to make images.  There is a legend about the first tangram that might be interesting to read to your Cub Scouts.

One of the requirements for the Tiger elective adventure, Stories in Shapes, asks the boys to use tangrams to create shapes.  Allowing the Tigers to use their imagination in designing these images will spark their creativity.

This might be a bit difficult for some boys, especially using the black and white image that’s in the Tiger Leader Guide.  Instead, use the colorful printables available free from the Tangram Channel.   You can download a set of tangram pieces here. Continue reading

Modifications to the Cub Scout Program

changes to the cub scout programThe Boy Scouts of America has announced modifications to the Cub Scout program.  They are effective immediately.  A document detailing the changes can be found on the Program Updates page of the Scouting website.

If you have already downloaded or printed this document, please check to make sure it is the latest version.  The easiest way is to check the number of pages.  The old version had 56 pages.  The new one has 57. Continue reading

How to Help Cub Scouts with the Genius of Play

genius-of-playThis post was sponsored by the Genius of Play.  As always, the opinions are my own.

Tell a boy that Cub Scouts will prepare him to “make ethical and moral choices”, and you’ll probably get a blank stare.  In his mind, Cub Scouting is a fun activity where he gets to play.

As adults, we sometimes forget that play has an important part in our child’s development. Many of the skills we want them to learn are easily taught through play.

Exactly how does playing help our kids?  The folks at the Genius of Play explain it and give us some cool activity ideas. Continue reading

Cub Scout Hiking

hiking combined activitiesWhen the Cub Scout Sports and Academics program was discontinued, I (along with a lot of other folks) was concerned about how we would find activities that boys of different ranks could complete together.

But as we’ve started implementing the new Cub Scout program, I realized there are many activities that can be combined.  The requirements are not exactly the same, but with a bit of planning, your dens can complete them.

Camping is one example of this.  When you’re camping, have a campfire program and cook outdoors, and most of your boys can check off requirements. Continue reading

Cub Scout Six Essentials for Hiking

Cub Scout Six Essentials for Hiking

We all want our Cub Scouts to be safe especially when we’re doing outdoor activities.  That’s why the Boy Scouts of America has compiled a list of the Cub Scout Six Essentials for Hiking.  The essentials can also be used for other outdoor activities as well.

If you search online, you’ll find many different lists of hiking essentials.  But how did these lists get started?

An outdoor recreation, education and conservation nonprofit organization called The Mountaineers published a book called Mountaineering:  The Freedom of the Hills.  Written by a team of over 40 experts, it’s considered standard reading for mountaineering and climbing. Continue reading