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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!

SEPTEMBER ADVENTURE:

TIGER-IFFIC!

Games, games, and more games! Tigers are terrific -- no, make that tiger-iffic -- game players. This HomeScouting Adventure gives you more chances to make up and play games. You can play some games by yourself and some with others. In some games, there will not be a winner. In others, one person or team will win. Remember to bring your best self to these games. This means having fun and being a good sport, whether you win or lose. 

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

PLAY A GAME BY YOURSELF

*required for adventure*

Requirement 1: Play at least two different games by yourself, one may be a video game.

Sometimes your friends might not be around. What can you do for fun? How about a game you can play by yourself? You can come up with lots of great games you can do on your own. ​

Do you like putting together puzzles, shooting baskets, jumping rope, or playing video games? How about sidewalk chalk games? How you ever make a football by folding up a piece of paper into a triangle and flicking it between two cups on a table? How many playing cards can you toss into a hat? Here are examples of an indoor and outdoor game you can play by yourself:

​INDOOR/OUTDOOR BOWLING

Materials Needed:

  • Six empty plastic water bottles

  • Indoor ball

Instructions:

  1. Line up six plastic bottles at the end of a hallway or at one end of a room. Put one bottle in front, two in the next row, and three in the third row. 

  2. You can weigh them down by putting a little water in the bottom of each bottle. Just make sure the lids are screwed on tightly!

  3. Start at the other end of the hallway or room as a starting line. 

  4. Grab a medium-sized indoor ball, and start bowling!

 

 

 

 

AGILITY COURSE

Complete an agility course as quickly and as accurately as possible to improve agility, coordination and speed. Agility requires quickness, strength, and good balance and coordination. Walking up and down stairs, hiking outdoors and playing tag are some daily activities that require agility.

Follow the directions listed below to complete the Agility Course. A warm-up/stretching and cool-down period is always recommended.

 

Instructions:

1. Create your Agility Course by creating 4-8 obstacles in your backyard. Below are
sample obstacles to add to your course:

  • Crawling under a table or bench

  • Jumping over soft pool noodles

  • Tossing a ball or beanbag into a bucket

  • Running through a sprinkler

  • Weaving through cones

  • Walking backward for 10 steps

  • Balancing as you run along a snaky garden hose.

 

2. Lie face-down on the ground at the starting point. When time starts, jump to your feet

and run the course to the finish following these criteria:

  • Complete the course as quickly as possible.

  • Do not touch or knock over any cones.

  • Touching or knocking over a cone is a 2 second penalty added to your completed
    time for each cone infraction.

 

3. Record your final time.

 

4. Record any penalties that occurred. 

 

5. Rest at least one minute.

 

6. Return to the line, repeat the Agility Course at least three times, following the same directions as the first time. Continue to practice improving your movements, accuracy and time.

Did you know?

Improving agility makes it easier for you to move around objects quickly and safely. By improving your movements and time on the Agility Course, you may find it is easier to change directions while moving or running and keep your balance instead of falling over or bumping into other people or objects.

PLAY A BOARD GAME

*required for adventure*

Requirement 2: Play a board game or another inside game with one or more members of your family or your Tiger den. 

Board games are perfect for indoor play with others. How about a card game like Go Fish or a board game like Sorry? What about playing pick-up-sticks or carefully taking apart a stacking tower? Pull out your favorite board game to play with other members of your family or even at a your next Tiger Den Meeting! See below for different board or card games for inside. 

BOARD GAMES

Shoots and Ladders

CandyLand

Checkers

Chess

Monopoly

Mousetrap

Connect 4

CARD GAMES

Go Fish

Crazy Eights

Rummy

War

Slapjack

Rat a Tat Cat

Uno

PLAY A PROBLEM-SOLVING GAME

*required for adventure*

Requirement 3: Play a problem-solving game with your family or den. 

It's time to use your brainpower! Thinking and working as a team, play a problem-solving game with your family or ​your den at an upcoming meeting. Work together, be positive, and support each other. Use your team's best ideas to solve problems. Here are two examples of games you might choose to play. 

LINE UP

Materials:

  • Blindfolds

Instructions:

  1. Each person playing the game will get a blindfold and put it over your eyes, so that you cannot see.

  2. Then, a parent or den leader will whisper to each person a different number from 1 to the number of people playing the game. 

  3. When the game begins, your team must safely find a way to line up in number order. 

  4. And the most important rule: no talking allowed!

Move slowly around each other and hold your palms facing outward to keep from bumping into each other. How will you work together to find the right order? How will you communicate? Use your smarts and teamwork, and you can do it!

ALL ABOARD

Materials:

  • An old towel or tablecloth

Instructions:

  1. Lay the cloth or towel on the ground.

  2. Find a way for every family member to stand on the cloth without touching the ground. 

  3. Each time your team successfully stands on the cloth without  touching the ground, fold the towel to be smaller and smaller. 

 

How are problem-solving games different from other games? What makes these games challenging? Would you rather play games by yourself or with other players? What did you learn about working together when you played the game?

It is recommended to do these problem-solving games with your family to avoid spreading germs and being close to others. 

PLAY A VIDEO GAME WITH SOMEONE ELSE

*optional requirement*

Requirement 4: With your parent's or guardian's permission, do the following: 

  • Play a video game with family members or den members in a tournament.

  • List at least three tips that would help someone who was learning how to play your favorite video game.

  • Play an appropriate video game with a friend for 30 minutes.

Many boys and girls like to play video games. There are many different kinds of video games to choose from. Some are educational. Some are exciting and fast-paced. Some use special skills. First, make sure you have permission from your parent or guardian to play a video game. Then, choose a video game that is made for your age group. 

Materials Needed:

Instructions:

  1. Create and play a video game tournament. Use the Tiger-iffic! Worksheet to find out who wins. 

  2. What is your favorite video game? List three tips that would help someone who was learning how to play your favorite video game. (TIP: If this game is the same game used in the tournament, do this step first!)

  3. Play a video game with a friend or family member for 30 minutes. 

INVENT OR CHANGE THE RULES OF A GAME

*optional requirement*

Requirement 4: With other members of your family or your den, invent a game, OR change the rules of a game you know, and play the game.

Playing a game with your family or friends is a lot of fun. Inventing a new game or changing the rules of a game can be fun too! Engineers work together, while talking, listening, and adapting to make the best product. With other members of your family, work together to invent a game or change the rules of your favorite game. Make sure to:

  • Name your game

  • Decide the object or goal

  • Plan the equipment needed

  • Choose the number of players

  • List the rules

Now, play the game with your family. See how it works and discuss how it could be improved. 

If you chose to change the rules of a game, did it make the game easier or harder? Did the new rules make sense? Would you play the game again with the new rules?

The best thing about inventing a new game or changing one is that everyone gets to share in the fun and help out!

PLAY A TEAM GAME

*optional requirement*

Requirement 4: Play a team game with your den or family!

In team sports, one team wins and one team loses. During the game, show good sportsmanship. Sportsmanship means that you play fairly and show respect for your team and the team you play against. Did you know that when you practice sportsmanship, you are living the Scout Law? A Scout is courteous. Remember, it's how you play the game that counts! If your team does not win, stay cheerful. If you do win, be kind to the other players. Be a good sport. 

GAME IDEAS:

Kickball

Wiffle Ball

Volleyball

Baseball

Soccer*

Basketball*

*Soccer and basketball are not social-distance friendly team sports. Avoid playing these team games. ​

At the end of the game, whether you win or lose, let the other team know they played well. Say, "Good game!" This is the best way to end every game with good feelings all around. Remember, it's a game. HAVE FUN!

Did you know?

When you practice sportsmanship, you are living the Scout Law! A Scout is courteous!

PART OF THE SCOUT OATH 

is to keep yourself physically strong and mentally awake. Playing physical games and working with others on problem-solving games are good ways to keep the Oath!

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