Category Archives: Tigers

27 of the Most Helpful Cub Scout Service Project Ideas

Cub Scout Service Project IdeasComing up with good Cub Scout service project ideas can sometimes be difficult. There are many factors to consider when choosing a project for your den or pack.

  • Are the Cub Scouts old enough to participate? Can they do the work?
  • How much time or money will it take?
  • Is it big enough for the entire pack? Or is it small enough for the den?
  • Will the boys learn something? Is it worthwhile?

There are 11 Cub Scout adventures that have some type of service requirement, but the benefits of volunteering are much greater than simply crossing off a requirement.

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How to Make an Easy and Inexpensive Marble Maze

easy marble mazeAt last summer’s Cub Scout day camp, the boys each made a marble maze.  Now when you have almost 200 boys attending day camp, there are two important things to remember when you’re thinking about crafts.

1. Any crafts that you make must be inexpensive
2. Avoid glue, if at all possible.

It can be HARD to find the kind of craft you want that doesn’t use glue!  But we just don’t have the space to store 200 projects while the glue dries!

My friend, Beth, figured out a way to make these marble mazes inexpensively and without glue. Continue reading

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

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