Scouting magazine

How to use beads to encourage Tiger Cub advancement

FOR MANY BOYS, the Tiger Cub year represents their first experience with Scouting—and with Scouting’s advancement program. Tiger Cub advancement couples immediate recognition, which is important for first-graders, with delayed gratification, which will become more important as they grow older.

WHAT IS THE TIGER CUB ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM? Tiger Cubs work toward the Tiger Cub rank during their first-grade year (or boys age 7). Along the way, they receive beads that go on the Tiger Cub Immediate Recognition Emblem. Once they’ve earned the Tiger Cub Badge, they receive Tiger Track beads for completing electives.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE TIGER CUB RANK? To earn the badge, a boy must complete five achievements (with the supervision of an adult partner): Let’s Go Outdoors, Where I Live, How I Tell It, Making My Family Special, and Keeping Myself Healthy and Safe. Each achievement has three parts: a den activity, a family activity, and a Go See It (field trip). Thus, there are 15 achievement parts.

WHERE DOES THE IMMEDIATE RECOGNITION EMBLEM COME IN? Boys receive the emblem as soon as they have learned the Cub Scout motto, sign, and salute. As they complete achievement parts, they receive beads that go on the emblem’s lanyards: a white bead on the first lanyard for each family activity, an orange bead on the second lanyard for each den activity, and a black bead on the third lanyard for each Go See It.

WHAT ABOUT THE FOURTH LANYARD? Once a boy has earned the Tiger Cub rank, he can be recognized for completing 50 electives in the Tiger Cub Handbook. For every 10 electives, he earns a Tiger Track bead, a flat, yellow bead that goes on the fourth lanyard.

CAN BOYS RECEIVE MULTIPLE BEADS FOR REPEATING ACTIVITIES? Only for electives.

WHERE IS THE IMMEDIATE RECOGNITION EMBLEM WORN? On the right uniform pocket.

WHEN SHOULD BOYS RECEIVE THEIR AWARDS? Like all other ranks, the Tiger Cub badge should be presented in an appropriate ceremony in front of the pack—such as a Blue and Gold ceremony. Orange, white, and black beads are presented at the next pack meeting after they’re earned.

HOW DOES THE BOBCAT RANK RELATE TO TIGER CUB ADVANCEMENT? Each new Cub Scout (regardless of age or grade) must earn the Bobcat rank before earning any other rank.

DO BOYS WHO JOIN AFTER FIRST GRADE NEED TO FIRST EARN THE TIGER CUB RANK? No, they do not go back and work on ranks missed due to age. They work on Bobcat and then the appropriate rank for their grade or age.

DO ADULT PARTNERS RECEIVE RECOGNITION? No.


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