Rationale for Adventure

In this adventure, Tigers will learn that a safe child is one who is aware of his or her surroundings and knows how to respond to danger.

Takeaways for Cub Scouts

  • Practice in problem solving
  • Learning how to respond to danger
  • Developing confidence
  • A Scout is courteous, brave. [Tiger Character Compass]

Adventure Requirements (Tiger Handbook, page 226)

  1. Do the following:
    a. Memorize your address, and say it to your den leader or adult partner.
    b. Memorize an emergency contact’s phone number, and say it to your den leader or adult partner.
    c. Take the 911 safety quiz.
  2. Do the following:
    a. Show you can “Stop, Drop, and Roll.”
    b. Show you know how to safely roll someone else in a blanket to put out a fire.
  3. Make a fire escape map with your adult partner.
  4. Explain your fire escape map, and try a practice fire drill at home.
  5. Find the smoke detectors in your home. With the help of your adult partner, check the batteries.
  6. Visit an emergency responder station, or have an emergency responder visit you.


It is important to teach stranger awareness without creating an atmosphere of fear in your den. For further guidance in teaching safety to Tigers, visit the BSA’s Youth Protection website: www.scouting.org/bsayouthprotection.aspx.

Before Meeting 2, ask the adult partners to consider creating a “safe word” with their Tigers. The safe word is one that only family members know, and it would come into play if a stranger approaches the child. Should a stranger suggest a parent had sent him or her to bring the child home, the child would ask the stranger for the safe word to know it was OK.
It is very important to teach safety as an empowerment tool and not to instill fear. An aware child can make and carry out a plan in an emergency. A frightened child may “shut down” and panic in an emergency.

Meeting 3 will be a den outing to a first-responder station. Possible locations include hospitals (if they have emergency flight vehicles), ambulance headquarters, police stations, and fire stations. Be sure to plan at least a month in advance. Provide Tigers and adult partners with the plans for the outing, and confirm that transportation has been arranged. Make sure a tour and activity plan has been submitted, if required, and activity consent forms are distributed, signed, and collected.

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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