My Tiger Jungle

My Tiger JungleMy Tiger Jungle,
a Tiger Required Adventure

The Tiger Cub Scout Den Leader Guide says, “In this adventure, Tigers will learn that there are many types of living things that share the place where we live.  All animals, plants, and insects have a purpose in our environment.  It is everyone’s duty to be mindful of other creatures’ habitats.  Regardless of their age, Tigers can make a difference.”

Read on for this adventure’s requirements and links to posts that will help you and your Tiger explore their own jungle.

Requirements:

Complete Requirement 1 plus at least two others.

1. With your parent/guardian or other caring adult (referred to in the handbook as “your adult partner”), go for a walk outside, and pick out two or more sights or sounds of “nature” around you. Discuss with your partner or den.
2. Take a 1-foot hike. Make a list of the living things you find on your 1-foot hike. Discuss these plants or animals with your parent/guardian, other caring adult, or your den.
3. Point out two different kinds of birds that live in your area. With your parent/guardian, other caring adult, or den, find out more about one of these birds.
4. Be helpful to nature by planting a plant, shrub, or tree. Learn more about the needs and growth of the item you’ve planted.
5. Build and hang a birdhouse.

Children and Hiking: Fun Games

children and hiking: fun games Hiking is a great opportunity to get outside with our boys.  Our pack has a hike every third Sunday.  We vary the location, length and difficulty so that everyone can participate.  We love to put the “outing” in Scouting by taking a long walk!

Sometimes if you tell an elementary school-aged boy that you’re going for a long walk, you might hear whining.  But tell them you’re going on an ABC hike or a scavenger hunt hike or a penny hike, and you just might pique their interest.

Having a themed hike can add an element of excitement.  Often, they can be done with few (if any) supplies.

I’ve compiled a list of different types of hikes that will spice up your long walk! Continue reading

Cub Scouts: Easy Bird Feeders for Kids

bird feeder collage4The third option in our “bird feeders for kids to make” series is a craft stick bird feeder.  This feeder is simple to make, but it will take a little longer than the other two designs in the series.

In the Cub Scout new program, the Tiger, Wolf, Webelos and Arrow of Light ranks have adventures where the boys need to learn about birds.  They can use this project to attract birds to their backyards to study them.

Here are the bird requirements: Continue reading

Cub Scouts: Bird Feeders for Kids to Make

bird feeder collage4

Welcome to part 2 of our “bird feeders for kids to make” seriesPart 1 explained how to make a very simple feeder using a toilet paper roll.  In this part, we’ll cover how to construct a bird feeder from a soda bottle.

Having a homemade bird feeder in your backyard can help fulfill Wolf Adventure Paws on the Path 7 and Webelos & Arrow of Light Adventure Into the Wild 3 & 6Continue reading

Cub Scout Den Meeting: Bird Feeders

Easy Bird Feeder for Kids to Make


Simple bird feeders
are a great craft for Cub Scouts to make during a den meeting.  There are many different bird feeder designs, so it will be easy to find one that works for your Cub Scout den.

This is the first in a three part series to share some of those designs with you.

At the end of this article, you’ll find links to the other articles.  Click over and check those out when you finish reading this article.

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Cub Scouts Birdhouse Plans

Building a birdhouse is such a great opportunity for our all of our boys.  They learn about taking something simple, such as wood, and turning it into something useful.  They learn about using tools safely.  And they learn about helping other creatures.

In the new Cub Scout Adventure program, there are several ranks that can build a birdhouse to complete an adventure.

Tiger Adventure – My Tiger Jungle 5:  Build and hang a birdhouse.

Bear Adventure – Baloo the Builder 3:  Assemble your materials, and build one useful project and one fun project using wood. Continue reading

Ultimate Guide to Bird Identification for Cub Scouts

Bird IdentificationI know there are lots of folks who can identify birds by seeing or hearing them.  But not me!  I can recognize a few birds, but that’s all.  Are any of you in that situation too?

In the new Cub Scout program that became effective on June 1, 2015, two ranks have requirements to identify birds:

Tiger Adventure – My Tiger Jungle 3:  Point out two different kinds of birds that live in your area. With your parent/guardian, other caring adult, or den, find out more about one of these birds.
Wolf Adventure – Paws on the Path 6:  Name two birds, two bugs and two animals that live in your area.  Explain how you identified them.

My first thought was YIKES!  If you’re like me, how can you help your den identify birds when you can’t identify them?  So, I searched for a good resource. Continue reading

Tiger Backyard Jungle Adventure: Take a 1-Foot Hike

1 Foot HikeBackyard Jungle is one of the Tiger required adventures in the new Cub Scout program that becomes effective on June 1, 2015.  This helps get the boys outside to discover all that nature has to offer!

The five parts of this adventure are:

1. Take a 1-foot hike. Make a list of the living things you find on your 1-foot hike.
2. Point out two different kinds of birds that live in your area.
3. Be helpful to plants and animals by planting a tree or other plant in your neighborhood.
4. Build and hang a birdhouse.
5. With your adult partner, go on a walk, and pick out two sounds you hear in your “jungle.” Continue reading