The Virtual Cub Leader's Handbook



After your boy has earned the Tiger Cub badge, he can earn Tiger Track beads - by completing elective activities in this handbook. Tiger Cubs strives to provide an opportunity for your boy to learn and grow while having fun along with you. The wide variety of electives allows your Tiger Cub to choose additional activities and receive recognition for his participation. The electives help broaden a boy's horizons and fulfill the Tiger Cub motto of Search, Discover, Share. Electives provide advancement opportunities and recognition for your boy until he is eligible to begin working on the Wolf rank.

Tiger Track Beads

A boy shouldn't feel, however, that he must do all of the electives. Some may not appeal to him, and some he may want to do more than once. if a boy completes an elective activity twice, it may be counted as two electives. But at the same time, try to avoid much repetition, as variety will keep Tiger Cubs more interesting for your boy.

As with the achievements, you, the adult partner, approve your boy's completion of electives by signing the handbook in the space provided for "Akela's OK." Then let your den leader know about completed electives. The den leader will fill in the Tiger Cub Den Advancement Report, found in the Cub Scout Leader Book, to show Tiger Track beads earned and give the report to the pack committee at the monthly pack leaders' meeting. In addition, your boy, with your help, will keep track of his own elective advancement on the Tiger Track Trail found on page 154 of his handbook.

Here's how earning Tiger Track beads works: A boy earns one Tiger Track bead for every 10 electives he completes. The Tiger Track bead is presented to you, the adult partner, at a pack meeting, and you in turn present it to your boy. The Tiger Track beads are suspended from one the the lace strands on the Tiger Cub Totem.

A boy may work concurrently on both achievement and elective projects; however, he can't receive Tiger Track beads until he has earned the Tiger Cub badge.

The Tiger Cub Handbook documents all of the Tiger Cub Electives with ideas and tips for the Tiger Cub and his Adult partner. The following list enumerates the 50 Tiger Cub electives by elective number and name.




  1. Think of a time when your family celebrated something, and tell the den about it and how it made your feel.
  2. Make a decoration with your family or your den. Display it or give it to someone as a gift.
  3. With your family, play a card or board game, or put a jigsaw puzzle together.
  4. Make a frame for a family picture.
  5. Make a family mobile.
  6. Along with your adult partner, teach a song to your family or to your den and sing it together.
  7. Make a musical instrument and play it with others. The others can sing or have instruments of their own.
  8. Invite a religious leader from your place of worship to your home or to your den meeting.
  9. Help a new boy or girl get to know other people.
  10. Along with your adult partner, help an elderly or shut-in person with a chore.
  11. Help collect food, clothing or toys for needy families with your den or pack.
  12. Make at least two cards or decorations and take them to a hospital or long-term care facility.
  13. Using US pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters, choose the correct coins to make the
    following amounts.
  14. Together with your adult partner, read a short story or a magazine article.
  15. Mix the primary colors to make orange, green and purple.
  16. With your den, show or tell about something you like to collect, OR tell your den about a favorite hobby or activity.
  17. Make a model.
  18. Sew a button onto fabric.
  19. Learn a magic trick and show it to your family or den.
  20. With your den, make up a PSA (Public Service Announcement) kit to tell people about Tiger Cubs.
  21. Make a puppet.
  22. With your family or with your den, have a picnic -- indoors or outdoors.
  23. Find out what kind of milk your family drinks and why.
  24. Help the adult who is preparing the family meal to set the table and clean up afterwards.
  25. Make a snack and share it with your family or den.
  26. With a toy phone, or a disconnected phone, practice making phone calls and answering the telephone.
  27. Talk to your adult partner about what to do if these things happened:
    • The adult who is caring for you becomes ill.
    • You are alone with someone who makes you feel uncomfortable.
  28. With your adult partner, check the batteries in the smoke detector in your home or
    another building.
  29. Talk with your adult partner about when you should use sunscreen. Find out whether you have any in your home and where it is kept. With your adult partner, look at a container of sunscreen and find out whether it still protects you when you are wet. Also find out how long you are protected before you have to put on more. Look for the expiration date and make sure the sunscreen is not too old.
  30. Plant a seed, pit, or greens from something you have eaten.
  31. Learn about an animal.
  32. Make a bird feeder and then hang it outdoors.
  33. With your den or family, play Cleanup Treasure Hunt.
  34. With your adult partner, think of a way to conserve water or electricity and do it for one week.
  35. Play a game outdoors with your family or den.
  36. With your family or your den, go see a play or musical performance in your community.
  37. Take a bike ride with your adult partner.
  38. Visit a bike repair shop.
  39. Visit the place where your adult partner or another adult works.
  40. Together with an adult partner, go swimming or take part in an activity on water.
  41. Visit a train station, bus station, airport or boat dock.
  42. Visit a zoo or aquarium.
  43. Visit a veterinarian or animal groomer.
  44. Visit a dairy, a milk-processing plant, or a cheese factory.
  45. Visit a bakery.
  46. Visit a dentist or dental hygienist.
  47. Learn about what you can recycle in your community and how you can recycle at home. Learn about things that need to be recycled in special ways, such as paint and batteries.
  48. Take a ride on public transportation, such as a bus or train.
  49. Visit a government office such as the mayor's office, the state capitol building, or a courthouse.
  50. Visit a bank.

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