Rationale for Adventure

This adventure will teach Tigers about different types of boats, how to build a boat using recycled materials, and how to stay safe on the water.

Takeaways for Cub Scouts

  • Safety training
  • Building skills
  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving
  • Safety awareness
  • Skill development
  • A Scout is obedient, thrifty. [Tiger Character Compass]

ADVENTURE Requirements (Tiger Handbook, page 148)

  1. Identify five different types of boats.
  2. Build a boat from recycled materials, and float it on the water.
  3. With your den, say the SCOUT water safety chant.
  4. Play the buddy game with your den.
  5. Show that you can put on and fasten a life jacket the correct way.
  6. Show how to safely help someone who needs assistance in the water, without having to enter the water yourself.
  7. Show how to enter the water safely, blow your breath out under the water, and do a prone glide.


An overview of BSA swimming and water activities is included in the Appendix. In preparation for any in-water activity, you should complete the BSA online training for Safe Swim Defense. This training outlines how to help lead a safe swimming activity with a Cub Scout pack, Boy Scout troop, or Venturing crew. The training is available at www.myscouting.org.

Meeting 3 is an outing to a pool. Review the Meeting 3 Plan to plan ahead for this outing. In advance of the outing, the leader will need to make arrangements with the outing location and confirm the outing plan with families, including transportation and any additional items they need to bring. Make sure a tour and activity plan has been submitted, if required, and activity consent forms are distributed, signed, and collected.

Tigers will need to bring recycled materials to Meeting 2 for building boats.

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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