This is the second in the series of Tiger den meeting plans provide by BSA. If you are using this series, it works best if you do the plans in order. So do meeting 1 before this one.
Sometimes the helps are a little light on specifics or you have to hunt around in another publication or online for some additional resources. So in my review below I’ve added some additional information I think would be helpful.
Some other resources you might find helpful:
- If you want to try to cover Bobcat in a single meeting instead, see my Tiger Den Meeting Plan for Bobcat Badge
- My Bobcat page for more helps for the Bobcat badge requirements
- My Tiger Achievement 1 page for more help with “Making My Family Special”
- My Core Value – Responsibility page for ideas and activities related to the Responsibility Character Connection.
BSA Tiger Den Meeting 2 – Bobcat and Making My Family Special
Preparation and Before the Meeting
This meeting is designed to take place at a library, historical society, farm, etc. to fulfill the Go See It requirement 1G. You must make arrangements to visit beforehand.
Since you are away from your regular meeting place, your choices for gathering activities might be limited. Use whatever is available at your location. If you are at a library, look at some books. At a museum, you could find an exhibit to look at. They might not let you spread out coloring books and puzzles all over their lobby. You will have to be flexible.
Keep the opening simple with Tigers. Once again, you might not be able to do a flag ceremony where you are. If they have a flag, you could do the Pledge of Allegiance. Otherwise, just say the Cub Scout Promise or Motto.
I try to keep the business part of the meeting short. The Cub Scouts find it boring. Take care of what has to get done, but move on quickly. You can always talk to individual parents who need more information after the meeting.
Achievement 1G: Take a Go See It to a library, historical society, museum, old farm, or historical building, or visit an older person. Discover how family life was the same and how it was different many years ago. - Hopefully you are going somewhere interesting which will capture their attention and imaginations.
Review the Bobcat requirements (Tiger Cub Handbook, pages 29–34) – You have already introduced these in meeting 1, so just review them again.
Achievement 3D: Complete the Character Connection for Responsibility: You will need to find some place to do this. When you arrange the visit, ask if they have a small meeting room or out of the way area you can use. If the weather is nice, a picnic area would work. Just be careful to stay out of the way of the regular patrons of the establishment you are visiting. You don’t want to wear out your welcome. Doing the Character Connection itself just involves talking. You don’t need any materials.
Closings should also be brief. Always hand out instant recognition beads for anything they have completed. Remind them of any upcoming Pack or den events. The suggestions for a Den Leader’s Minute (a short inspirational thought) or saying the Law of the Pack would work. A den yell is fun as long as it would not disturb other visitors to the library, museum, farm, etc.
After the Meeting
Make sure everyone helps clean up. And yes, it’s time to start thinking about the next meeting already! So remind whoever is the host team for the next time of the date of the meeting and what you are planning to do.