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TIGER DEN

WELCOME TO THE TIGER DEN

Welcome to the Tiger Den! While each rank in Cub Scouting is referred to as a "den" as a group of people, a "den" is also a place that animals can retreat to and call home. This is your den for the HomeScouting Adventure Club for Tigers! 

Tigers are boys and girls in the first grade in fall of 2020. When you're ready, get started on your first HomeScouting Adventure!

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APRIL ADVENTURE:

TIGERS IN THE WILD

You are about to go on a hike. What should you take along? Water is always a good idea, but what else? What if you see some animal tracks along the way? How can you tell if a mountain lion or a squirrel made them? What kinds of trees are around you? On this adventure, you will learn how to be a Tiger in the wild!

Make sure to download the connected worksheet for this month's adventure!

GATHER THE SIX ESSENTIALS

*required for adventure*

Requirement 1: With your family, name and collect the Cub Scout Six Essentials you need for a hike. What you would need to add to your list if it rains?

Exploring far-away mountains. Traveling through deep, dark jungles. Crossing hot, dry deserts. The adventurers who took these journeys got their start on a short hike, just like the one you can take now! 

The success of a trip often depends of what you carry with you. It is important for you to have items with you to take care of any minor emergencies that could happen, even on a short, 1-mile hike! Cub Scouts who have hiked before you came up with a great list of items to bring. They are called the Cub Scout Six Essentials.

Round up these items, and place them in a backpack before you start out on your hike!

 

Here are the Cub Scout Six Essentials:

Find the items that make up the Cub Scout Six Essentials. Check off each item as you add it to your pack.

FIRST AID KIT

A kit should include a few adhesive bandages, some moleskin (a sticky bandage that you can
put over a blister to keep it from getting worse or rubbing), and soap or hand sanitizer. 

FLASHLIGHT

Check your batteries to make sure they have plenty of power. Your flashlight will be only used in an emergency, so save the batteries for times when you really need them!

FILLED WATER BOTTLE

You should bring enough water for you to drink through your whole hike and back. And make sure
your bottle is full when you start out! It is not safe to drink water you find along the trail. 

TRAIL FOOD

Trail mix or an energy bar provides quick energy when you need it.

SUN PROTECTION

Sunscreen should be SPF 30 or greater. A hat is good to have too!

WHISTLE

It's only for emergencies, but a whistle will last longer than your voice.

 

You might want to pack an extra pair of socks in case your feet get wet or it rains. A rain poncho, waterproof jacket, or even a large plastic garbage bag with holes cut out for your head and arms will keep you dry if it rains. What other gear should you take? Remember, you'll have to carry it all yourself and bring it all back!

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six essentials 

  • First Aid Kit

  • Flashlight
  • Filled Water Bottle
  • Trail Food
  • Sun protection
  • Whistle

Keep your backpack and the Cub Scout Six Essentials in one place so you can grab them easily when you are ready to go hiking. Remember to fill your water bottle just before your hike. What should you add to your kit to help you to be prepared if rain is coming? You will want to pack a lightweight rain poncho or waterproof jacket and an extra pair of socks. Is there anything else you should pack? Will you need insect spray? Talk to your adult partner and den leader to make sure you have everything. And remember, you have to carry everything you bring on the hike and all the way back again.

TAKE A HIKE

*required for adventure*

Requirement 2: Go for a short hike with your den or family, and

carry your own gear. Show you know how to get ready for this hike.

Hiking is so much fun. But it is important to plan ahead, even for a short hike.

Take your Cub Scout Six Essentials with you. Also take any other gear your adult

partner or den leader tells you to bring. It might seem like a lot to carry. But part

of learning to be an expert hiker is being able to pack and carry your own gear.

 

Check the weather report to help you decide what to wear on the hike. Show

your adult partner the clothes you chose. Wear shoes that are good for hiking,

like hiking boots or good sneakers. Also, wear thick socks that do not bunch up

on your feet. Tie your shoes tightly to help keep you from getting blisters.

 

Now you are ready for your hike! When you hike, walk at a comfortable pace for you and for the others in your group. Leave space between everyone so you do not bump into one another. Try to walk and speak quietly. Enjoy this time and place!

While on your hike, use one of our HomeScouting Scavenger Hunts to see what you can find in the wild! Click on one of the Scavenger Hunt's below to download!

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OUTDOOR CODE & LEAVE NO TRACE

*required for adventure*

Requirement 3: While on your hike, do the following:

  • 3A:  Listen while a parent or leader reads the Outdoor Code. Talk about how you can be clean in your outdoor manners.

  • 3B:  Listen while a parent or leader reads the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids. Discuss why you should “Trash Your Trash.”

  • 3C:  Apply the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace Principles for Kids on your outings. After one outing, share what you did to demonstrate the principles you discussed.

3A:  Listen while a parent or leader reads the Outdoor Code. Talk about how you can be clean in your outdoor manners.

The Outdoor Code is a promise to take care of nature by following a few simple ideas. All Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts share the same promise. You might know these words by heart someday, and you can feel proud to learn what they mean. One part of the Outdoor Code is a promise to be clean in your outdoor manners. Have you ever been somewhere beautiful and seen trash that someone left behind? Yuck! Now, imagine how that place would look if everyone who visited left their trash behind. With your den, talk about how you will show clean outdoor manners while on outings.

THE OUTDOOR CODE

As an American, I will do my best to –
Be clean in my outdoor manners.
Be careful with fire.
Be considerate in the outdoors.
Be conservation minded.

3B:  Listen while a parent or leader reads the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids. Discuss why you should “Trash Your Trash.”

Leave No Trace is a program that helps people take care of nature when they are outdoors. It teaches all people, both Scouts and others, ways to protect the natural world. There are seven Leave No Trace Principles for Kids. You can find them in the back of your handbook. The idea behind all of the principles is that, if you plan carefully and act respectfully, you will “leave no trace” of your time outdoors. And that is just what nature needs, right?

Some principles of Leave No Trace are very similar to parts of the Outdoor Code. For example, Leave No Trace reminds you to “Trash Your Trash.” Throwing away trash properly is one way to have clean outdoor manners. 

Remember this solid guideline: Pack it in, pack it out. Make it easier on yourself by limiting the amount of potential trash you take. Especially important is the disposal of human waste. Use toilet facilities whenever possible. Otherwise, urinate away from trails, camps, and other gathering places. Choose rocks or bare ground; animals may strip vegetation in order to consume the salts left by concentrations of urine. Pack out solid waste, or use a cathole. Check with the land agency for the area you will visit to find out the preferred method. To dig a cathole, choose a remote spot at least 200 feet from camps, trails, water, and dry gullies. With a trowel, dig a hole 6 to 8 inches deep in the topsoil. Take care of business, re-cover the hole, and disguise the site with leaves or other ground cover. Organic material in the topsoil will slowly break down the waste, making it harmless.

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3C:  Apply the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace Principles for Kids on your outings. After one outing, share what you did to demonstrate the principles you discussed.

 

Did you leave the place where you hiked exactly as you found it? Did you remember to properly throw away your snack wrappers or recycle your water bottle? Maybe you even brought a reusable water bottle that you can use again on the next hike. Great job!

 

Use your connected worksheet to write about or draw a picture showing how you followed the Outdoor Code and the principles of Leave No Trace. Share your ideas with your den leader or adult partner.

*complete ONE of the following requirements to complete the adventure*

SIGNS OF WILDLIFE

*one is required for adventure*

Requirement 4: While on the hike, find three different kinds of plants,

animals, or signs that animals have been on the trail.

It is exciting to see plants and animals when you are hiking. Remember that you are a visitor in their home, so be polite. Do not chase or feed animals. Just stand quietly and watch them. Did they see you? What did they do? You may see more animals and birds if you go on a hike just after the sun rises because many critters are more active in the morning. If you are lucky you may see night creatures like foxes, raccoons, and owls before they go to bed. Daytime animals like deer or rabbits will be just starting their day. Be careful of plants when you are on your hike, too. You don’t want to step on them or keep them from growing.

PARENT NOTE: help your Scout pick out some plants, animals, and signs of animals along the way!

In your connected worksheet, write down three animals, birds, or plants you saw on your hike. 

POISONOUS PLANTS

Most plants are beautiful and harmless, and most animals are more afraid of you than you are of them. However, you should be aware of the poisonous plans and dangerous animals that you might see on the trail - even in a city park or neighborhood. Here are the most common poisonous plants. If you touch them, your skin may get red and itchy. You can prevent a reaction by washing with soap and water as soon as possible. 

 

Poison Ivy. Poison ivy grows throughout most of the continental United States as either a shrub or a vine. Look for leaves with three leaflets and maybe white berries.  

Poison Oak. Poison oak grows as a low shrub in the eastern U.S. and as clumps or vines on the Pacific coast. Look for clusters of three leaves and possibly yellow-white berries. 

 

Poison Sumac. Poison sumac grows as a tall shrub or a small tree in wet areas in the northeastern, midwestern, and southeastern United States. Look for leaves with seven or more leaflets and possibly yellow-white berries. 

To avoid poison ivy and poison oak, remember this rhyme: "Leaves of three, let it be; berries white, poisonous sight"

CAMPFIRE PROGRAM

*one is required for adventure*

Requirement 5: Participate in an outdoor pack meeting or pack campout campfire. Sing a song and act out a skit as part of the program.

Campfires create an evening of memories, even if you cannot have a fire. Singing songs, listening to stories, and acting out skits for everyone to enjoy are perfect ways to spend time with Tigers in the wild. Skits are funny little scenes that you can act out to tell a story to the group. Singing songs and telling stories in a circle of Tigers are fun ways to entertain your pack.

 

There are lots of good Scout songs and skit ideas you can choose from. Use the links below for campfire songs and skits to download. 

Are you an adult leader looking for info on how to take your pack camping during the COVID-19 pandemic? Watch the training below, featured in our Baden Powell Institute at LEADScouting.org

Cub Camping in a Pandemic PDF

Watch 2020's HomeScouting Campfire Program

TREES IN YOUR AREA

*one is required for adventure*

Requirement 6: Find two different trees and two different types of plants that grow in your area. 

No matter where you live, some plants and trees are native to your area. This means they grow in the soil, water, and weather conditions in your area. With permission and help from your adult partner, look up your state’s native trees and plants on the Internet. If you live in a place where the climate is hot and dry, like Arizona, the trees and plants in your area will be different from those near a Tiger who lives in northern Minnesota, where there are huge spruce trees. Tigers in Florida will probably see palm trees, but you will not find those in Iowa unless they are being grown in a greenhouse!

Learning about trees and plants that grow near you is an important Scout skill. Trees and plants help our world by giving us clean air to breathe. Many provide us with medicines we need. A few plants are harmful and should not be handled. It’s important to learn the difference. You can draw pictures of two trees and two plants in the boxes below. Write the name of each plant and tree under the pictures.

Some trees are native to your part of the country and have been growing there for thousands of years. Others, especially those planted in parks and around buildings, may have been imported from other areas. (Some of these are called invasive species; they are pests that tend to crowd out native trees.) A field guide to trees can help you identify trees in your area. It will show you characteristics that make it easy to tell one kind of tree from another. When you are looking at trees, take time to look closely at everything. Use a magnifying glass to study tiny details.

 

Check for:

  • Type of leaf. Feel it. Is it smooth or rough? Notice the shape.

  • Leaf edges. Are they smooth or toothed?

  • Type of bark. Is it smooth, rough, peeling, light, or dark?

  • Unusual features like thorns, flowers, or berries. Some trees have more than one leaf shape. The sassafras tree has three leaf shapes.

  • With coniferous trees, notice the length, shape, and grouping of the needles. Spruce needles are sharp and short, with four sides, and they grow separately on the twigs. Pine needles grow in bundles; count the number in a bundle for a clue to the kind of pine it is. Needles of a longleaf pine could be 18 inches long, but jack pine needles are only about 1 inch long.

  • The size and type of cone or fruit will also provide clues to the identity of the tree. The acorns on most oak trees have small, fairly smooth caps, but bur oak acorns have fringed caps that nearly cover the whole acorn.

 

How do the trees smell? Some trees, like pines and eucalyptus, give off wonderful scents, especially when the air is moist. If you look closely, you’ll see how trees support other forms of life. Look for woodpecker holes, insects hiding under the bark, mistletoe rooted in the branches, fungi growing on the bark, and the nests of birds and squirrels.

Larger animals use trees, too. Bears mark their territory by clawing and biting tree trunks. Beavers eat tree bark and cut down trees to build dams and homes for themselves. Mountain lions sharpen their claws on trees. Moose, elk, and deer use tree trunks or flexible saplings to rub the velvet off their antlers. They also eat tree bark, leaves, and stems.

STEP 1: GATHER FOUR LEAVES. Go outside and gather four different leaves to identify

STEP 2: LOOK THEM UP. Use the interactive map below to look up each of the leaves.

VISIT A NATURE CENTER

*one is required for adventure*

Requirement 7: Visit a nearby nature center, zoo, or another outside place with your family or den. Learn more about two animals.

Animals are neat to watch, whether you are looking at them in the wild or in a zoo or nature park. Some of the animals you see in the zoo may be endangered or threatened. This means they are in danger of disappearing forever. That is one reason why Scouts must be good protectors of the natural world and all of Earth’s creatures. Pick out two animals that you saw on your visit, and write a couple of interesting facts about them in your connected worksheet. 

TIGERS IN THE WILD

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APRIL BONUS ADVENTURE:

MY TIGER JUNGLE

Maybe you live in the city. Maybe you live in the country. Or maybe you live in between. No matter where you live, you will find amazing bugs, birds, and animals nearby. Some are big, and some are tiny. Sometimes they have homes we can see, like birds’ nests. Other times their homes are hidden. But they all have a place in the world, just like you do.

 

In this adventure, you will discover bugs, birds, and animals near you. You will build a house for our bird neighbors. And you will plant a tree or outdoor plant to make a home for other wild creatures. But first, you are going to go for the world’s shortest hike!

Make sure to download the connected worksheet for this month's adventure!

SIGHTS & SOUNDS OF NATURE

*required for adventure*

Requirement 1: With your family or den, go for a walk outside and pick

out two or more signs or sounds of "nature" around you. Discuss what

you found. 

Just as birds use sounds to talk to each other, so do our other animal neighbors. Have you ever listened to them talk? How do squirrels talk? What about insects? What other sounds from nature can you hear in your jungle? If you live in the city, what are some other sounds of your city jungle?

 

With your den or family, go outside for a short walk. Do not talk, just listen. If you close your eyes, can you hear sounds better? Write down in your connected worksheet what you hear. Mark which sounds are from nature and which sounds are not. Try going outside at different times of the day to hear different sounds. What sounds do you hear in the early morning? What sounds do you hear at night?

*complete TWO of the following requirements to complete the adventure*

TAKE A 1-FOOT HIKE

*two are required for adventure*

Requirement 2: Take a 1-foot hike. Make a list of the living things

you find on your 1- foot hike.

With your den or your family, pick an outdoor place close by. It could be right outside your den’s meeting

place. Or it could be a park or a grassy area at your school or library. It could even be your own backyard. You

won’t need a giant forest for this hike. You will, however, still need to be prepared. After all, you are a Cub Scout!

 

Be sure to bring along these tools:

  • a ruler

  • a pen or a pencil

  • a notebook

  • a piece of string that is 4 feet long or longer

 

If you or your family has a camera, bring that too. You might want to take photos of all the exciting things you find.

Before you set out on this adventure, check the weather. You might need to wear clothes that will keep you warm and dry, and you will want sunscreen to protect your skin. Now you can head out into the wild. Once you find the perfect spot, it is time to mark off a 1-foot jungle.

 

  1. Make a square that is 1 foot long on each side.
     

  2. Look closely at what is inside the square you just made. It might be small, but there is a whole world of activity happening in there. Do you see any of the items below?
     

  3. Write down the things you find in your square. If you have a camera, you can take pictures too. You might be surprised by the number of neat things you find.

If you want to explore more, ask an adult to take you back to your square a few days later. Or you can even visit during a different season. You might just see something new!

BUGS

BABY INSECTS

ANIMAL FOOD

LITTER

AN INSECT/ANIMAL HOUSE

ANIMAL TRACKS

BIRD'S NEST

FLOWERS

BIRDS IN YOUR AREA

*two are required for adventure*

Requirement 3: Point out two different kinds of birds that live in your area. Find out more about one of these birds by researching it. 

In this part of the adventure, you will be looking to the skies. With your family or den, take a walk in your neighborhood. Keep your eyes open, and look around for birds and birds’ nests. Take a notebook with you, and write down what you find.

 

Try to answer these questions:

  • What color is the bird?

  • How big is it?

  • If you find a nest, what does it look like?

  • What is it made out of?

 

Birds’ nests are like our houses. Birds make nests so they will have a

warm, safe place to hatch their eggs and raise their babies. The babies

stay in the nest while the parents fly around to get food for them. Do

you see any eggs or babies in the nest?

Some birds live in the same place all the time. Other birds live in

different places at different times of year. For example, they might

leave their homes before winter to find a warmer place. Then they return when winter is over. This is called migration. Some birds fly thousands of miles when they migrate! Ask your adult partner to help you find out about birds in your area.

Use the Bird Watcher's Digest Bird ID Guide to help you determine the types of birds visiting your backyard. 

BIRDS MIGRATING

PLANT A PLANT

*two are required for adventure*

Requirement 4: Be helpful to nature by planting a tree, shrub, or other plant outdoors. Learn more about the needs and growth of the item you have planted. 

We all need a place to live. A monkey might live high up in the tree branches of a tropical jungle. The animals in your backyard jungle need shelter, too. We can help them by taking care of the trees and plants around us. Sometimes trees die, or get blown over, or must be removed. Then, the animals that lived there have to find new homes.

No plant or tree lives forever. Some die of old age, some get damaged by fire or lightning,

and some are cut down to be used for lumber or other purposes. You can help replace

lost plants or trees by planting new ones. If you’re lucky, you may someday walk beneath

the branches of a tree you planted!

A local nursery or garden center can help you select a plant or tree that will grow well in

your area. (You wouldn’t have much luck growing a palm tree in Minnesota or a Douglas

fir in Florida.) It helps to know how much sun the plant or tree will get and what type of

soil it will be planted in. Be sure to plant trees in places where they have plenty of room

to grow both up and out.

Here are some planting tips:

  • Carry seedlings in a bucket or box. Keep the roots damp.

  • Place trees at least 6 feet apart. Place plants at least 6 inches apart (but follow the instructions that come with each plant).

  • Dig a hole just deep enough to hold the roots. Loosen the sides and bottom of the hole so that tiny roots can push into the soil. The roots should not be stuffed into the hole.

  • A seedling should be planted so that its old ground line is about one-quarter inch below the new ground level. (The ground line is the dark mark on the trunk.) Plants should be planted at the same ground level.

  • A seedling or other plant should be planted with its trunk straight up. Fill the hole with soil so it is even with the ground. The soil should not be sunken in or mounded up above the ground.

  • Press the soil down firmly around the roots to prevent air pockets. If you don’t, the tree or plant may die because the air pockets dry out the roots, preventing water and nutrients from reaching them.

  • A newly planted seedling needs lots of water, so soak the soil around the seedling with water, and then soak it again if it is planted in the ground. If you’re planting in a pot, make sure the pot is large enough to allow the plant or tree to grow (at least double the size of the container the plant arrived in). Be sure there are holes in the bottom of the pot to allow excess water to drain and a saucer underneath to catch the water. Place a layer of pebbles in the bottom of the pot to prevent the soil from draining.

  • Closely follow the instructions for watering given on any tag or label that comes with the plant or tree. Each type of plant has different watering needs. Be sure to provide water and food as required on a regular basis.

  • Cover the ground around the base of a seedling with several inches of mulch—composted leaves, wood chips, grass cuttings, straw, or sawdust. This holds in moisture and helps make the soil richer for the new tree. The mulch should be flat or slope down from the trunk to the ground. Don’t make it look like a volcano.

 

Your plant or tree can help the environment in several ways. Flowering plants provide food for bees and hummingbirds. Fruit and nut trees provide food for wildlife (and people!). Shade trees help keep buildings cooler. Evergreen trees offer shelter from winter winds. All trees provide habitat for wildlife and purify the air by taking in carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen.

Plant your tree in celebration of Arbor Day! Arbor Day is a secular day of observance in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant trees. Today, many countries observe such a holiday. Though usually observed in the spring, the date varies, depending on climate and suitable planting season.

Learn more about how plants grow below!

BIULD A BIRDHOUSE

*two are required for adventure*

Requirement 5: Build and hang a birdhouse.

With your family or Tiger den, build a birdhouse, and place it near your home or in a community park. A birdhouse will give the birds another place to go if their tree house is gone. You can buy a birdhouse kit from your local Scout shop, a craft store, or a hardware store. You can also make one from objects in your home. Even an old milk carton can become a birdhouse!

 

Here are directions for a milk-carton birdhouse:

 

MATERIALS

  • Empty milk carton

  • Glue

  • Masking tape

  • Scissors

  • Utility Knife

  • Twig

  • Paint

  • String or wire

DIRECTIONS

  1. Clean and Dry the Milk Carton. Rinse the carton thoroughly and let dry completely. Keep the cap!

  2. Paint the Carton Your Base Color. Screw the cap onto the carton. Then, in a well-ventilated area, place your milk carton on a drop cloth. Spray paint the carton with your base color of choice or just paint using a paint brush. Let it dry.

  3. Cut a Door. First trace a circle approximately 2 inches in diameter in the center of one side of the carton; the bottom of the spray paint can is a great size to use as reference. Then, using a utility knife, cut out the circle to create a door.

  4. Decorate the Bird House. Using craft paints, stickers or colorful paper and adhesive, decorate your bird house. Let it dry.

  5. Insert a Perch. Approximately 1 inch below the door, cut a small X with the utility knife. Insert the twig into the X so that half is inside the carton and half is out. Hot glue around the twig to secure it in place.

  6. Poke Holes in the Bottom. Using your utility knife, poke 8 small holes in the bottom of the milk carton to allow water to drain.

  7. Add a String. Using the utility knife, cut a small hole at the top of the carton. Run a string through the hole for hanging the bird house.

  8. OPTIONAL: Seal the Bird House. Using a clear sealer, spray a light coat over the entire bird house. This will make the bird house water resistant.

  9. Hang the Bird House. Find a tree branch or other secure place to hang your bird house. You can enjoy it most if you find a place in clear view of your windows. Tie the string so that the bird house hangs at least 5 foot off the ground. To keep the bird house from blowing too much in the wind, anchor it with small rocks or pebbles in the bottom of the carton. Alternatively, you can make it a bird feeder by adding bird seed.

TRY BUILDING OTHER BIRDHOUSES!

MY TIGER JUNGLE

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