This is the tenth in the series of Tiger den meeting plans provide by BSA. If you are using this series and you have done all of the meetings in order, then you have completed all of the requirements for the Tiger badge and you are focusing on electives. So at this point it is not so important to do them in order.
This meeting plan covers Tiger Elective 50: Banking and Tiger Elective 13: Making Change. The bulk of this meeting involves a field trip to a bank. If you can’t arrange that, the program helps suggest working on some different electives related to money. You could do Tiger Elective 34: Conservation. This involves talking about conserving energy at home, which saves money.
The suggested alternative to the bank visit I really like though is to do Tiger Elective 3: Fun and Games and play a board game which involves money. The program helps suggest Monopoly. My kids also enjoy playing PayDay and Life which would both work really well with this theme. Payday would fit into a den meeting, because it is a little easier to limit the time of the game to a reasonable length for a Cub Scout meeting. You just play it for fewer “months”. Most Cub Scouts this age really enjoy playing a board game with their parents, so I’m sure this would be a big hit with your Tigers.
You can download the meeting plan from the BSA website: Printable copy of BSA Tiger Den Meeting Plan 10
BSA Tiger Den Meeting Plan 10 – Making Change and Banking
Preparation and Before the Meeting
Most of the preparation for this meeting involves arranging the bank visit. You will need the materials for the making change activity. If you are doing the board games instead of the bank visit, you might want to consider getting a couple of the games if your den is large. That way you can split them into smaller groups so the games more along quickly.
Gathering, Opening, and Business
The making change activity would actually work well as a gathering activity. They could keep practicing until everyone arrives. If you are doing the bank visit, they could makes some thank you notes for the bank to give to them at the end of the visit.
If you are at a bank, it might be difficult to do a traditional opening. You could just introduce the person who is doing the tour. If you are in your regular meeting place and you have a flag, do the Pledge of Allegiance.
The activities are pretty self explanatory. Either tour the bank or play the games.
Keep the closing simple with Tigers. You can always just do something like saying the Cub Scout Motto or the Cub Scout Promise.
After the Meeting
If there is any clean up to be done, make sure everyone pitches in. And this might be a good time to remind everyone of what you are doing at your next meeting.