Rationale for Adventure

Children love to pretend. They start at a young age by imitating what is around them. By the time they reach school age, they are ready for the next step: creating their own adventures to share. Theater provides an avenue to learn about public presentations and builds confidence in public speaking. Encouraging Tigers to perform helps them to become strong speakers and leaders, both in Scouting and in their daily lives.

Takeaways for Cub Scouts

  • Increased confidence
  • Developing imagination
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Observation skills
  • Ability to work with others
  • A Scout is brave. [Tiger Character Compass]

Adventure Requirements (Tiger Handbook, page 264)

  1. With your den, discuss the following types of theater: puppet shows, reader’s theater, and pantomime.
  2. As a den, play a game of one-word charades with your adult partners.
  3. Make a puppet to show your den or display at a pack meeting.
  4. Perform a simple reader’s theater. Make a mask afterward to show what your character looks like.
  5. Watch a play or attend a story time at a library.


Meeting 3 will be a den outing to a play or a library story time. 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.

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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