A first grade boy or girl who is between 6 and 7 years old may begin his Cub Scouts experience at the Tiger level. All new Cub Scouts, especially Tigers, must first earn their Bobcat badge, which is awarded to scouts when they first join and complete a small set of requirements.
Once completing the Bobcat badge requirements, the scout is ready to begin earning his Tiger badge which he will work on with his den throughout the course of the year.
Your scout's den leader will coordinate with parents to develop den meeting plans and schedules with a clear path to working towards badge requirements. Parents are encouraged to play an active role in the scouting experience as well. Some ways parents can be involved include working with their son to complete and reinforce objectives at home, support den leaders by hosting meetings and assisting with presentations, volunteering for pack activities and projects, etc.
Note To Parents:
Although all Tiger parents are expected to be involved at the Tiger level, at least two Tiger parents will need to volunteer to be Den Leaders. This does not require a background in scouting! The Den Leaders will be responsible for scheduling places and times for Den Meetings, and are the contact people between the Pack (all Winchester Cub Scouts) and the Den (the Tigers). Other den leaders will help you with curriculum, and you can be assigned a Scout volunteer assistant.
Den meeting plans for the Tiger rank are available in the Tiger Den Leader Guide, along with other tips and hints for running a fun Cub Scout program. Den Leader Guides are available for sale at the Woburn Scout Shop, or may be passed down from den leaders from previous years.
Den Leader volunteers will need to pass a CORI check (a criminal background check), and will take a short, free online course about spotting and preventing abuse, and about mandatory reporting requirements. Ideally, you will continue to lead your child's Den as they progress through the Arrow of Light rank at age 10 or 11. (Scouts BSA, for youth 11 to 17 years old, does not expect the same level of parent involvement as Cub Scouts, and is more Scout-directed.)
Tiger Scouts work toward the Tiger rank. The Tiger rank is earned by completing seven adventures as described below.
YOUR DEN LEADERS
Den leaders will be selected from among the parents of our incoming Tiger scouts.