The Tiger Cub program is for first grade (or age 7) boys and their adult partners.  There are five Tiger Cub achievement areas. The Tiger Cub, working with his adult partner, completes 15 requirements within these areas to earn the Tiger Cub Badge. These requirements consist of an exciting series of indoor and outdoor activities just right for a boy in the first grade!

Once they earn the Bobcat badge, Tigers start working on the Tiger Cub Rank. The requirements are in your Tiger handbook and at the Scouting website.  All updates go into Cub Trails.  Please contact our Packmaster if you do not have a Cub Trails account.

Once your Tiger completes Bobcat requirements 4, 6 and 7, he earns the Tiger Cub Immediate Recognition Emblem.  Also known as the Tiger Cub Totem, this has strands to hold Tiger rank beads (white, orange, black) and optional Tiger Track elective beads (yellow). Tigers have to complete requirements 1-5 (1D, 1F, 1G; 2D, 2F, 2F; etc) to earn their Tiger badge. Each requirement has 3 parts so that's 15 requirements total. 
  • F is for Family activities (white beads) and are typically done at home outside of the den or pack.
  • D is for Den activities (orange beads) and will be done at den meetings. If a scout misses a den meeting in which we completed one of these, he should do the activity with his family.  Then record this on Cub Trails so we can award a bead.
  • G is for Go See It activities (black beads) and will be done at den meetings and with our families.  If a scout misses a den meeting in which we completed one of these, he should do the activity with his family.  Then record this on Cub Trails so we can award a bead.

All the dens aim to earn their main rank (e.g. Wolf or Bear patch) in time for it to be awarded at the Blue and Gold Banquet pack meeting in March, so we will aim to earn our Tiger Cub patches at that meeting. That would leave March - May to work on Tiger electives (yellow beads) and other achievements such as belt loops and pins. Please note that a boy has to earn his Tiger Cub patch before he can receive Tiger elective (yellow) beads. He can work on and complete Tiger electives before he earns his Tiger Cub patch (10 electives = 1 yellow bead), but we can't actually award any yellow beads until he has his Tiger Cub patch.  
Please contact your Tiger Den Leader for more information.

Tigers should wear Class B uniforms (blue Pack 825 t-shirts) to den meetings unless otherwise noted. For Go See It activities, Tigers should wear Class A uniforms.

Optional Achievements 



  • These are optional activities on pages 78-148 in the Tiger book that you can do with your son to earn yellow beads. Many of these things you may already do on your own (like go on a family bike ride, or make a decoration, or play a game or do a puzzle with your family). Once you do any 10 electives, you can note it on the table above, and we will award a yellow bead. But please note that your son has to earn his Tiger Cub patch before we can award yellow beads (although he can work on and complete electives toward yellow beads before earning his Tiger Cub patch)
  • Most of these electives will not be done during den meetings. They are designed to "encourage learning through fun and adventure, strengthen family relationships, develop character, teach responsibility, to help children handle difficult situations." 
  • Remember, 10 electives = 1 yellow bead. These electives are specific to Tigers.

Belt Loops

  • There are many ways to earn optional belt loops for sports and academic activities. These are not in the Tiger handbook, but you can find them here on the Scouting website.  
  • If your son plays on a sports team, for example, he will likely earn a belt loop and possibly a pin without any extra effort. You can also earn these on your own, without being part of a team. 
  • There are many options for belt loops for academics and the arts, as well as sports. 
  • These are not only for Tigers. They can be earned throughout your son's years as a Cub Scout. 
  • If your son attends Cub Scout day camp (usually the first week after school is out in June--mark your calendars!), he will earn several.


  • Pins are optional and a little harder to get than belt loops. You can get them in the same topics, but the boys do more to earn them.  Pin requirements can be found here.

Both belt loops and pins are optional and are not required to receive the Tiger badge or advance to Wolf.