Rationale for Adventure

This adventure will help Tigers learn about their families and their heritage.

Takeaways for Cub Scouts

  • Appreciating diversity and each Scout’s unique family heritage
  • Developing confidence, and encouraging bravery and patience
  • Being observant
  • A Scout is courteous. [Tiger character compass]

Adventure Requirements (Tiger Handbook, p. 134)

  1. Discuss with your adult partner and/or family where your family originated. Discuss their history, traditions, and culture—your family heritage. Share a story or bring something to share with your den about yourself and your family.
  2. Make a family crest.
  3. Visit your public library to find out information about your heritage.
  4. Interview one of your grandparents or another family elder, and share with your den what you found.
  5. Make a family tree.
  6. Share with your den how you got your name or what your name means.
  7. Share with your den your favorite snack or dessert that reflects your cultural heritage.
  8. Learn where your family came from, and locate it on a map. Share this information with your den. With the help of your adult partner, locate and write to a pen pal from that location.


Remember to be sensitive to the ways that all families are different. Leaders should encourage Scouts to find ways they can celebrate their families in positive ways that fit their unique situations.

Prior to the first meeting, have each Tiger and his adult partner make a family crest and a family tree at home to bring to the meeting and share. Also ask the Tiger to find out how he got his name and/or his name’s meaning and to share what he learns at the first den meeting. (See the Do-at-Home Project under Meeting 1 Resources.)

Meeting 2 is a den outing to a local library to research family history. In advance of the outing, the leader will need to make arrangements with the library or outing location and confirm the outing plan with families, including transportation and any additional items they need to bring. Let the library know how many adults and youth will be coming and what it is you are hoping to get out of the visit. Ask the librarian if they will be able to show the boys how and where to get information. Make sure a tour and activity plan has been submitted, if required, and activity consent forms are distributed, signed, and collected.

Meeting 3 will be an International Food Picnic for families. Encourage families to begin planning ahead for the foods and other items or games they will contribute. Be sure that all other needs for the meeting location are in place in advance. Consider checking with your pack to see if more dens would like to participate in the picnic. Work with your Cubmaster and other leaders and parents to organize this event.

For requirement 8 (correspondence with a pen pal), please ask adult partners to assist their Tigers. The pen pal may be a family member who lives in the location of the family’s origin. Another option might be to find a Scouting group in that location and correspond with them. Many national Scouting organizations from around the world help to connect Scouting pen pals with one another.

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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