Tiger Adventure Requirements: Backyard Jungle

This is a preview of the changes to the Cub Scout program which go into effect on June 1 2015. See the BSA Program Updates page for complete information.

Backyard Jungle is one of the Tiger CORE Adventure Requirements.  For this adventure, Tiger Cubs and their adult partners learn to really observe the outdoors and see all of the life and activity that happens in their own backyards or neighborhoods.

The requirement for this adventure are shown below. Upon completion of this adventure, Tiger Cubs will receive a belt loop.

Requirements for the Backyard Jungle Tiger Adventure

  1. Take a 1-foot hike. Make a list of the living things you find on your 1-foot hike.
  2. Point out two different kinds of birds that live in your area.
  3. Be helpful to plants and animals by planting a tree or other plant in your neighborhood.
  4. Build and hang a birdhouse.
  5.  With your adult partner, go on a walk, and pick out two sounds you hear in your “jungle.”
Get a printable checkoff list of these requirements for use with your den

8 Responses to Tiger Adventure Requirements: Backyard Jungle

  1. Scout102 October 1, 2015 at 5:21 PM #

    is it 1foot or 1 mile hike

    • Scouter Mom October 5, 2015 at 1:58 PM #

      It is a one foot hike.

      • Dorothy October 9, 2015 at 9:25 PM #

        I attended Tiger Day Camp with my son in July 2015 with the Alamo Area Council. How they conducted the 1-foot hike was taking a piece of thick string that was 48″ long and had the Tigers walk around the area and find a spot they wanted to explore and placed the 48″ of string on the ground in a square making it 1 foot x 1 foot. Then they were supposed to examine what they saw in that 1 square foot of space. Confusing I know, but that’s how they did it!

  2. Glen October 4, 2016 at 9:04 PM #

    How did you satisfy #3, planting a tree in your neighborhood. My apartment won’t allow this, and neither do the public streets nearby. Is there a low-cost alternative for planting a tree or other plant?

    • Joe October 10, 2016 at 2:15 PM #

      Have you thought about asking the apartment if you could say have a potted plant outside your door? If not there, maybe even place one on your balcony? Scouting is pretty flexible especially in urban areas as you need to get creative with some of the outdoor stuff. And much of it is discussing with them what you’re doing and why it’s a good idea to do it.

    • Chris October 28, 2016 at 2:28 PM #

      You can plant any tree or other plant. Luckily for us the school we meet at was willing to let us plant a sapling on premises but we were covering it during the wrong season, so in the interim to get the loop we planted Aloe cuttings so each child could grow their own aloe plant. You can get Aloe plants anywhere, do the cutting ahead of time so they can dry (google about it to see why) then bring honey to dip them in, cactus soil (has a little sand in it), small planters, the cuttings rolled in newspaper, and a whole plant to show them the process of cutting a cutting free.

      Google the wikihow first, and you’re golden.

  3. Michele October 9, 2016 at 9:20 PM #

    I had our den make nesting balls and pinecone bird feeders to hang in the tree in springtime. We live in Minnesota, and the school year (and routine Scouting year) as a result pretty much miss the safe planting season. We decided the spirit of the requirement was to do something to benefit the environment in our own neighborhood, and this option allowed us to support nesting birds as well as birds feeding newly hatched young in the spring. It also made it more exciting to observe the wildlife in our own yards, and to watch for signs of what the birds did with the twine and cotton we left out for them in the nesting balls. We also considered planting milkweed in our yard to help support the migration of monarch butterflies through our area, but not everyone can do that as you pointed out. Hope that gives you some options!

  4. yogi October 28, 2016 at 4:16 PM #

    PG 33 Adventure Requirements #3 says “planting a tree or other plant in your neighborhood”. our solution was we planted sunflower seeds in plastic cups, which sprout in 6-8 weeks and are ready to ‘plant’ in a flowerbed or bigger pot at the scout’s house. $2 seed, $1.50 cups, $4 bag of potting soil. do it in the grass and you have no mess. kids LOVED it and actually many planted multiple seeds in their cups. they had to give status reports on their plant’s growth at later meetings. hope this helps.

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