Rationale for Adventure

This adventure helps Tigers explore how things work. Tigers and their adult partners will learn about cracking codes and solving mysteries, as well as discover how science helps us solve problems and understand why things work in certain ways.

Takeaways for Cub Scouts

  • Cooperating with others
  • Completing simple tasks
  • Practicing listening
  • Practicing communicating
  • Practicing teamwork in games
  • A Scout is helpful, friendly. [Tiger Character Compass]

ADVENTURE Requirements (Tiger Handbook, page 108)

  1. Learn a magic trick. Practice your magic trick so you can perform it in front of an audience.
  2. Create an invitation to a magic show.
  3. With your den or with your family, put on a magic show for an audience.
  4. Create a secret code.
  5. With the other Scouts in your den or with your family, crack a code that you did not create.
  6. Spell your name using sign language, and spell your name in Braille.
  7. With the help of your adult partner, conduct a science demonstration that shows how magic works.
  8. Share what you learned from your science demonstration.


Meeting 3 will be a magic show for Tigers to perform the tricks they have learned and practiced during this adventure. Tigers will prepare invitations during Meeting 1, so the details of the magic show should be in place by that time (date, time, location, etc.). During Meeting 2, find out the number of attendees expected, as well as any audience members’ special needs, in order to plan for seating and refreshments. The magic show may take place in the home of a den member (with additional siblings and family members for an audience), at your regular meeting place, or with any audience that would enjoy viewing a Cub Scout magic show.

See the Appendix for optional den meeting activities, including openings, gatherings, and closings.


To get you started in delivering fun and engaging meetings, complete Den Meeting Plans are available here on the Learning Library for the Backyard Jungle and Games Tigers Play adventures. To obtain Den Meeting Plans for all other adventures, Den Leader Guides are available at your local Scout Shop, online at scoutstuff.org, or as an eBook through Amazon.

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