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ADVANCEMENT FAQs


were planning for ArrowCorps5. My lodge chief wanted us to be a trail- blazer lodge, which meant you had to send a certain amount of participants based on the size of your lodge. We had 25 people as our quota, but we sent 33 participants from our lodge. We were one of the 10 largest contin- gents in the country.


HOW DID YOU HELP MAKE YOUR LODGE CHIEF SUCCESSFUL? We supported the vision set by our chief. He was really excited about it, which helped. He was motivated to reach our goal. It kind of snowballed.


COMPARE WHAT THE TROOP AND THE OA CAN OFFER AN OLDER SCOUT. The OA offers opportunities that you can’t find in the troop. The troop program focuses a lot on advance- ment and passing on the knowledge you’ve gained by teaching the younger Scouts skills that were origi- nally taught to you as a young Scout. The OA provides new challenges for older Scouts and offers the oppor- tunity to interact with kids your age and meet people from the council and beyond.


WHAT DOES THE OA OFFER THE TROOP? I’d love to see lodges and chapters get more involved with troops, such as building a relationship where an Arrowman could go teach a skill like outdoor cooking or conservation at the troop meeting. ¿


READ OTHER SCOUTERS’ stories about their experiences as adult volunteers at scouting magazine.org/WIL.


Begin With Beads


In Tiger Cubs, fun and learning lead to a colorful array of awards.


FOR MANY BOYS, the Tiger Cub year represents their first experience with Scouting— and with Scouting’s advancement program. Tiger Cub advancement couples immediate recognition, which is important for first-graders, with delayed gratification, which will become more important as they grow older.


WHAT IS THE TIGER CUB ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM? Tiger Cubs work toward the Tiger Cub rank during their first-grade year (or boys age 7). Along the way, they receive beads that go on the Tiger Cub Immediate Recognition Emblem. Once they’ve earned the Tiger Cub Badge, they receive Tiger Track beads for completing electives.


WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE TIGER CUB RANK? To earn the badge, a boy must com- plete five achievements (with the supervision of an adult partner): Let’s Go Outdoors, Where I Live, How I Tell It, Making My Family Special, and Keeping Myself Healthy and Safe. Each achievement has three parts: a den activity,


a family activity, and a Go See It (field trip). Thus, there are 15 achievement parts.


WHERE DOES THE IMMEDIATE RECOGNITION EMBLEM COME IN? Boys receive the emblem as soon as they have learned the Cub Scout motto, sign, and salute. As they complete achievement parts, they receive beads that go on the emblem’s lanyards: a white bead on the first lanyard for each family activity, an orange bead on the second lanyard for each den activity, and a black bead on the third lanyard for each Go See It.


WHAT ABOUT THE FOURTH LANYARD? Once a boy has earned the Tiger Cub rank, he can be recognized for complet- ing 50 electives in the Tiger Cub Handbook. For every 10 electives, he earns a Tiger Track bead, a flat, yellow bead that goes on the fourth lanyard.


CAN BOYS RECEIVE MULTIPLE BEADS FOR REPEATING ACTIVITIES? Only for electives.


WHERE IS THE IMMEDIATE RECOGNITION EMBLEM WORN? On the right uniform pocket.


WHEN SHOULD BOYS RECEIVE THEIR AWARDS? Like all other ranks, the Tiger Cub badge should be presented in an appropriate ceremony in front of the pack—such as a Blue and Gold ceremony. Orange, white, and black beads are presented at the next pack meeting after they’re earned.


HOW DOES THE BOBCAT RANK RELATE TO TIGER CUB ADVANCEMENT? Each new Cub Scout (regardless of age or grade) must earn the Bobcat rank before earning any other rank.


DO BOYS WHO JOIN AFTER FIRST GRADE NEED TO FIRST EARN THE TIGER CUB RANK? No, they do not go back and work on ranks missed due to age. They work on Bobcat and then the appropriate rank for their grade or age.


DO ADULT PARTNERS RECEIVE RECOGNITION? No. ¿


FIND MORE “Advancement FAQs” features at scouting magazine.org/faqs.


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