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THE 17 BIG IDEAS

        Welcome to the  Tiger Cubs 17 Big Ideas Page.  Just remember though, save Number 17 "Cub Scouting Here We Come" for last!  We are going to be adding Suggestions to the requirements as time goes by.  If we have the word  "Suggestion " under one of the requirements that means we have gotten a suggestion on what to do to meet this requirement .  Check it out.  If you have any suggestions e-mail us at jdcliff@bellsouth.net  and we will look at adding it to our page.  

GETTING TO KNOW YOU
    The purpose of this big idea is to know one another at the first Tiger Cub group meeting. To provide a meeting format as an example of the way future meetings will be run.

FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT
    The purpose of this big idea is to have fun together and in this way to help bring family closer together. 

DISCOVER NATURE AND ENERGY
    The goal of these activities is to develop in your scout an appreciation of the world. Also it will provide the basis for hobbies and interests.  Perhaps most important, you are given the opportunity through this big idea to reinforce your own values about environment and energy.

PREPARE FOR EMERGENCIES
    The activities in this big idea are designed to equip your Tiger Cub with the information to deal with an emergency.  There are activities that will help him to be able to help other people.  His knowledge of emergency procedures will strengthen his self-esteem and self-confidence.  Emergencies are not limited to natural disasters. Relationships with other persons can create emergency situations.  You can discuss with your Tiger Cub how to react to strangers and persons whose motives are either not known or are unacceptable.

KNOW YOUR FAMILY
    This big idea gives your Tiger Cubs a chance to explore their family heritage and structure.   A first-grader can be oversensitive in his feelings - he needs to know that others have feelings and that feelings are okay. 

KNOW YOUR COMMUNITY
     It is a good idea to take a field trip for this big idea.  As you explore your community with your Tiger Cub and your Tiger Cub den, you will be giving him and others a better understanding of the community in which they live. One of the purposes of the Boy Scouts of America is to develop responsible citizenship in boys.  In this idea the boys will develop a deeper appreciation of their community and how it works..

HELPING OTHERS
    This big idea is one of the most important to me. Giving your Tiger Cub a chance to help others enables him to learn that it is an important part of his life both now and in the future. Helping others should be part of anyone's life, not only because it makes for a better world, but also because it gives good feelings to both the helper and the one being helped.  It also lets him learn that helping others can be fun and rewarding. 

GO SEE IT
     This big idea gives you and your Tiger Cub a chance to enjoy all the special places and activities in your area.  It allows your family to have fun together, and to grow together as well. 

Suggestion

GETTING THERE
     This big idea lets you and your Tiger Cub explore some of the many ways people travel from one place to another.   As your Tiger Cub learns about transportation, you can take the opportunity to explain how important it is to be on time. You can plan activities that will help to make your family trips pleasant experiences for everyone.

SOMETHING SPECIAL, ALL YOUR OWN
     This is your own big idea. Have the Tiger Cubs pick whatever big idea they want to do.  Make it fun for everyone.  Make it the den and family happening of the year.  What's important is that the Tiger Cubs and adults plan the big idea together. 

MAKING YOUR FAMILY SPECIAL
    The purpose of this big idea is to help you and your Tiger Cub explore the things that make your family unique, special, one of a kind.  The goal of this big idea is to make family bonds stronger.

MAKE YOUR OWN
    The object of this big idea is to help your Tiger Cub develop a sense of pride and satisfaction by making all kinds of things. This big idea also will help him develop patience, perseverance, and initiative.

CARING FOR YOUR HOME AND HOUSEHOLD
    Part of the goal of this big idea is to help your Tiger Cub realize that if everyone does his part to keep the home clean, neat, and fixed up, it will be a happier place to live. In addition, some of the activities in this big idea are designed to give your Tiger Cub a greater appreciation of all things that others do to keep the home in good shape. Lastly, an objective of this big idea is to help your Tiger Cub learn to follow directions.

FAMILY GAMES, TRICKS, PUZZLES
     Part of the goal of this big idea is to have Tiger Cubs learn to become both good winners and good losers as well. In addition, this big idea will teach them how to play by the rules and how to follow instructions. It also provides the opportunity for them to develop patience as they work to solve a puzzle or invent a new game.

FITNESS AND SPORTS
    Sports and physical fitness activities can be fun.  If good sportsmanship and teamwork are emphasized, the Tiger Cubs will learn some important things that extend far beyond sports. 

TELL IT LIKE IT IS
    This big idea lets your Tiger Cub learn some of the many ways people communicate with each other. It also has the goal of letting him learn how to communicate better with those around him. 

CUB SCOUTING, HERE WE COME
     This big idea will be carried out by you and your den and by your Tiger Cub coach. Unlike the other big ideas in your Family Activity Book, this big idea is set up on an organized basis and is designed to be held at specified times of the year. Your coach will contact you with details at the proper times.