This is the fifth 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 the previous meetings before this one.
This meeting plan covers Tiger Achievement 5 – Let’s Go Outdoors. It also completes Tiger Elective 6 – Song Time. Follow the links for more program ideas.
Here is a link to the BSA den meeting plan:
Printable copy of BSA Tiger Den Meeting Plan 5
BSA Tiger Den Meeting 5 – Let’s Go Outdoors and Song Time
Preparation and Before the Meeting
The first thing you need to do is figure out where you will be hiking. These are Tigers, so don’t plan on going on a long hike. A local park is a great place to go. Get the materials together beforehand. It helps to have a “den leader box” you just keep all of it it. Then when it is time for the meeting you can just grab your box and go.
Have something simple for the Tigers to do while everyone arrives. See my crafts page or puzzles page for some ideas. If you are at a park with a playground, you can meet at the playground and just let them run for a few minutes.
Sometimes when you are away from your regular meeting place, it is difficult to do the flag ceremony. That is OK. Just do the Cub Scout Promise, Tiger Motto, etc.
Keep it brief. Tigers will find this part extremely boring. Since you are hiking you should go over the Leave No Trace frontcountry guidelines.
Do the Character Connection for Faith. It is OK to talk about faith, even if your group is diverse. Cub Scouts can learn to express their own beliefs while respecting others. If you think this will be a problem, parents could do this at home. This completes part of requirement 5F.
Talk about watching the weather while hiking. This will complete requirement 5F. The suggestion to have a theme for your hike is very good. This gives them something to focus on. You can also do an Outdoor Scavenger Hunt. The hike completes requirement 5G. Remember, it doesn’t have to be a long hike. Tigers tire out more quickly than older Scouts.
To complete Elective 6, you will sing some songs while hiking. If you want something silly to sing, check out my Songs page.
Finally, let them do a leaf rubbing at the end to complete requirement 5D. Alternately, you could do this as the gathering activity if there are plenty of leaves available where you are meeting.
Closing and After the Meeting
Once again, keep the closing brief. The Tigers might be worn out at this point. A simple snack will perk them up and you will have a chance to talk to parents about the next meeting while the Tigers are snacking.