Many of our Cubs are affected by school closures related to the coronavirus COVID-19. My own Pack has suspended meetings until school resumes, which could be weeks or even months down the road. I now have two kids at home, instead of in school, for who knows how long and I’m sure that many of you are in the same boat.
Here are some Cub Scout ideas the family can do at home that can help pass the time and keep the kids involved in scouting:
If they haven’t earned it yet, keep your child working their way through the basic Bobcat requirements. A few minutes per day is all it takes and they’ll be ready to test for rank at the next Den meeting.
Have you discussed the Youth Protection pamphlet with your kid yet? Many parents feel uncomfortable discussing abuse with their young children, but this is required once each scouting year, so use this time at home to have a serious discussion.
Have you recharged your chip this year? This is a requirement for each Cub Scout rank, so take some time to watch a couple short videos and have a conversation with your kid. Check out our Cyber Chip page for more information.
The following activities are appropriate for Tiger Cubs to work on at home or with their family. Given the current social environment across America, I’ve selected and tailored specific Adventure requirements that don’t involve Den or non-family group activity. For activities that involve sharing, your kid can make a list, picture, or other creative work to present at the next Den meeting.
To make this easy for parents, I’ve categorized similar requirement across Adventures. You’ll find the specific badge item next to each task. You’ll also find additional information and resources for a number of these topics to help you easily plan your day.
- Point out two different kinds of birds that live in your area. With your parent/guardian, other caring adult, or den, find out more about one of these birds. My Tiger Jungle #3
- Be helpful to nature by planting a plant, shrub, or tree. Learn more about the needs and growth of the item you’ve planted. My Tiger Jungle #4
- With your parent, guardian, other caring adult, or den, talk about what it means to be part of a team. List some of the teams you are on (den, pack, family, class, etc.). and explain how you can help each one. Team Tiger #1
- With your parent, guardian, other caring adult, or den, find out about good food choices and not-so-good choices. Identify three foods that you think would be good choices and three foods that would not be good choices. Tiger Bites #1
- Discuss with your parent, guardian, den leader, or other caring adult what it means to do your duty to God. Tell how you do your duty to God in your daily life. Tiger Circles: Duty To God #1
- With your parent, guardian, or other caring adult, name and collect the Cub Scout Six Essentials you need for a hike. Tell your den leader what you would need to add to your list to prepare for rain. Tigers In The Wild #1
- While on the hike, find three different kinds of plants, animals, or signs that animals have been on the trail. List what you saw in your Tiger Handbook. Tigers In The Wild #4
- Find two different trees and two different types of plants that grow in your area. Write their names in your Tiger Handbook. Tigers In The Wild #6
- Spell your name using sign language, and spell your name in Braille. Curiosity, Intrigue, & Magical Mysteries #2
- Talk with your parent, guardian, other caring adult, or den about polite language. Learn how to shake hands and introduce yourself. Earning Your Stripes #4
- Discuss with your parent/guardian, a family member, or other caring adult where some of your family members originated. Discuss family history, traditions, and culture-your family heritage. Share a story or bring something to share with your den about yourself and your family. Family Stories #1
- Interview one of your grandparents or another family elder, and share with your den what you learned. Family Stories #4
- Find out how you got your name or what your name means. Share with your den. Family Stories #6
- Identify five different types of boats. Floats And Boats #5
- With your den or parent/guardian/other caring adult, discuss two different types of bicycles and their uses. Rolling Tigers #6
- Learn about a famous bicycle race or famous cyclist. Share what you learn with your den. Rolling Tigers #7
- Identify two jobs that use bicycles and discuss how they are used. Rolling Tigers #9
- Find out about two astronauts who were Scouts when they were younger. Share what you learned with your den. Sky Is The Limit #3
- Find out about two different jobs related to astronomy. Share this information with your den. Sky Is The Limit #7
- Visit an art gallery or a museum, explore an art website, or visit your library. Stories In Shapes #1
- Look closely at pictures of some art with your den or a family member. Decide what you like about the art, and share your ideas with the other Tigers Stories In Shapes #2
- Memorize your address, and say it to your parent/guardian/other caring adult. Tiger: Safe And Smart #1
- Memorize an emergency contact’s phone number, and say it to your parent. Tiger: Safe And Smart #2
- Take the 911 safety quiz. Tiger: Safe And Smart #3
Prepare And Practice
- With your family, talk about how family members each have a role in the family team. Then pick a job that you will do to help the team. Follow through by doing that job at least three times during the next three weeks. Team Tiger #3
- Explain the importance of hand washing before a meal and clean-up after a meal. Then show how you would do each. Tiger Bites #2
- Show that you know the difference between a fruit and a vegetable. Eat one of each. Tiger Bites #3
- With your parent, guardian, or other caring adult, pick a job to help your family at mealtime. Do it for at least four meals. Tiger Bites #4
- Talk with your parent, guardian, or other caring adult about what foods you can eat with your fingers. Practice your manners when eating them. Tiger Bites #5
- With a family member, attend a religious service or other activity that shows how your family expresses reverence for God. Tiger Circles: Duty To God #2
- With the approval of your parent/guardian, den leader, or other caring adult, think of and then carry out an act of kindness or respect that you think shows duty to God. Tiger Circles: Duty To God #5
- Do the following: Curiosity, Intrigue, & Magical Mysteries #1
- (a) Learn a magic trick. Practice your magic trick so you can perform it in front of an audience.
- (b) Create an invitation to a magic show.
- (c) With your den or with your family, put on a magic show for an audience.
- Magic Tricks For Kids
- With your family, crack a code that you did not create. Curiosity, Intrigue, & Magical Mysteries #4
- With the help of your parent, guardian, or other caring adult, conduct a science demonstration that shows how magic works and share what you learned from your science demonstration. Curiosity, Intrigue, & Magical Mysteries #5
- With your parent, guardian, or other caring adult, decide on one new task you can do to help your family, and do it. Earning Your Stripes #3
- Learn where some members of your family came from, and locate the place(s) on a map. Share this information with your den. With the help of your parent/guardian/other caring adult, locate and write to a pen pal there. Family Stories #8
- Show how to enter the water safely, blow your breath out under the water, and do a prone glide. Floats And Boats #4
- With your parent/guardian or other caring adult, try on safety gear you should use while riding a bike. Show how to wear a bicycle helmet properly. Rolling Tigers #1
- With your parent/guardian/other caring adult, learn and demonstrate safety tips to follow when riding a bicycle. Rolling Tigers #2
- Learn and demonstrate proper hand signals. Rolling Tigers #3
- With your parent/guardian or other caring adult, do a safety check on a bicycle. Rolling Tigers #4
- With your den or parent/guardian/other caring adult, go outside to observe the night sky. Talk about objects you see or might see. Sky Is The Limit #1
- Look at a distant object through a telescope or binoculars. Show how to focus the device you chose. Sky Is The Limit #2
- Observe in the sky or select from a book, chart, computer, or electronic device two constellations that are easy to see in the night sky. With your parent/guardian or other caring adult, find out the names of the stars that make up the constellation and how the constellation got its name. Share what you found with your den. Sky Is The Limit #4
- Show you can “Stop, Drop, and Roll.” Tiger: Safe And Smart #4
- Show you know how to safely roll someone else in a blanket to put out a fire. Tiger: Safe And Smart #5
- With your parent/guardian or other caring adult, try a practice fire drill at home. Tiger: Safe And Smart #7
- Find the smoke detectors in your home. With the help of your parent/guardian or other caring adult, check the batteries. Tiger: Safe And Smart #8
- Read a tall tale with your parent/guardian or other caring adult. Tiger Tales #3
- Watch a play or attend a story time at a library. Tiger Theater #5
- Build and hang a birdhouse. My Tiger Jungle #5
- Create a secret code. Share it with your family or den. Curiosity, Intrigue, & Magical Mysteries #3
- Make a family crest. Family Stories #2
- Make a family tree designed for your particular family. Family Stories #5
- Build a boat from recycled materials, and float it on the water. Floats And Boats #6
- Draw and name your own constellation. Share your constellation with your den. Sky Is The Limit #5
- Create a homemade model of a constellation. Sky Is The Limit #6
- Create a piece of art on paper, poster board, or canvas. Stories In Shapes #3
- Draw or create an art piece using shapes. Stories In Shapes #4
- Use tangrams to create shapes. Stories In Shapes #5
- With your parent/guardian or other caring adult, make a fire escape map of your home and explain it to family members and your den. Tiger: Safe And Smart #6
- Create your own tall tale. Share your tale with your den. Tiger Tales #2
- Create a piece of art from a scene in the tall tale you have read, using your choice of materials. Share it with your den. Tiger Tales #4
- Make a puppet to show your den or to display at a pack meeting. Tiger Theater #3
- Make up a new game and play it with your family. Then talk with the group about the experience. Games Tigers Play #4
- Play at least two different games by yourself; one may be a video game. Tiger-iffic #1
- With your parent’s or guardian’s permission: Tiger-iffic #4
- (a)Play a video game with family members or den members in a tournament.
- (b)List at least three tips that would help someone who was learning how to play your favorite video game.
- (c)Play an appropriate video game with a friend for 30 minutes.
- Play a game from the past. Tiger Tales #5
- Sing two folk songs. Tiger Tales #6
- Visit our Campfire Songs page for ideas
- With your parent/guardian or other caring adult, go for a walk outside, and pick out two or more sights or sounds of “nature” around you. Discuss. My Tiger Jungle #1
- Take a 1-foot hike. Make a list of the living things you find on your 1-foot hike. Discuss these plants or animals with your parent/guardian, other caring adult, or your den. My Tiger Jungle #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. Tigers In The Wild #2
- Visit a nature center, zoo, or another outside place with your family or den. Learn more about two animals, and write down two interesting things about them in your Tiger Handbook. Tigers In The Wild #7
- With your den or family, go on a bicycle hike wearing your safety equipment. Follow the bicycling safety and traffic laws. Rolling Tigers #5
- Visit a historical museum or landmark with your parent/guardian or other caring adult. Tiger Tales #7
I hope this page gives you some ideas to occupy your little one’s time during this period of national uncertainty. Thanks for reading, stay safe, and let’s get it done!