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Fitting Everything in a Cub Scout Meeting

KC sent in this question:

I have my very first ever tiger cub meeting tomorrow night and your site as been super helpful, thanks! Question, do they have to do the scrapbook page the first night? Seems like we are trying to fit a TON of stuff in that first night. Gathering, code of conduct, overview of the promise, salute, handshake, etc… I’m getting very nervous, I don’t want to mess this up and let the boys down…

First of all, as long as you are enthusiastic about the program, you won’t let the boys down. Just “do your best”!

No, you don’t have to do a scrapbook at the first Cub Scout meeting. If you feel you have two much material for one meeting, spread it out over two meetings. Every den is different and how fast you do things will depend on the number of Cub Scouts, their temperament, how much help the other parents give, etc…. And  you don’t want to spend the whole meeting checking off requirements. Make sure there is time for fun and games.

uch material for one meeting, spread it out over two meetings. Every den is different and how fast you do things will depend on the number of Cub Scouts, their temperament, how much help the other parents give, etc…. And  you don’t want to spend the whole meeting checking off requirements. Make sure there is time for fun and games.

Also, remember that you don’t need to do requirements in order. So if you want to

Also, remember that you don’t need to do requirements in order. So if you want to do part of Tiger Achievement 3 before you do Tiger Achievement 1, that is OK.

I found it helpful to make a list of all of the meetings I intended to have that year. Then I would fill in a rough plan of what I though I would do at each meeting. For example, if there was a requirement for a hike, I would plug that into an October meeting rather than waiting until January. Some things fit in well with holidays. Do a craft to give to the moms at the meeting before Mother’s Day. But you also need to be flexible. Sometimes I would have to shuffle things around. And front load the “required” elements to earlier in the year and leave the electives for later.

Don’t worry. I’m sure you’ll be a great den leader.

3 Responses to Fitting Everything in a Cub Scout Meeting

  1. Jocelyn October 28, 2014 at 8:43 PM #

    When my son was a Tiger the Den leaders sent home the materials for the scrapbook for us to do as a family activity.

  2. Scout Mom October 28, 2014 at 11:14 PM #

    When my oldest was a Tiger Cub, we intentionally planned to have our scrapbook at our last den meeting before the Blue & Gold (when our rank badges were earned). The den leaders took pictures of the boys at all the previous meetings/activities, and then gave them to the boys to use in their scrapbooks.

  3. Michelle October 29, 2014 at 7:17 AM #

    Don’t forget to get a den Chief fr the troop. Also at Tiger level the parents are supposed to be “tiger adults” and help with everything.

    If you need time to do a parent meeting or instruction time that’s when a den chief is great! They have opening games, knowledge to teach the achievement and they are BSA trained. As your group grows the den chief will be able run the meeting while you help the kids and do parent meetings and planning.

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