Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed, Rip Van Winkle and John Henry are just a few of the tall tales that your Cub Scout can learn as part of Bear Requirement 4.
According to Wikipedia, “a tall tale is a story with unbelievable elements, related as if it were true and factual.” Many American tall tales started with bragging contests between the men who settled the American Frontier.
Here’s what our Bears have to do:
TALL TALES – Do all three requirements.
- Tell in your own words what folklore is. List some folklore stories, folk songs, or historical legends from your own state or part of the country. Play the Folklore Match Game in the handbook.
- Name at least five stories about American folklore. Point out on a United States map where they happened.
- Read two folklore stories and tell your favorite one to your den.
I wanted to find some resources that will help you with this Cub Scout tall tales requirement, and I found some GREAT ones!
John Scout has put together a very good map that shows American folklore, legends and literature. Make sure you check out the funny alien for Roswell, Arizona!
To make the match game a little more interesting for the boys, you can use one of these fun games:
I love what Scouter Mom has put together as a participation game for the Paul Bunyan tale. You could do this with just about any tall tale! I know how much the boys love participation games.
If the boys in your den really get in to tall tales, you could have them do this fun exercise where they write their own tall tale. This would satisfy requirement 1 for the Communicating Pin which is “write an original poem or story.” If the boys read their Cub Scout tall tales at the pack meeting, they would complete requirement 1 of the Communicating Belt Loop: “Tell a story or relate an incident to a group of people, such as your family, den, or members of your class.”
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I hope this has given you some ideas for ways to complete the Bear Cub Scout tall tales requirement. What fun activities has your den done for Bear Requirement 4?
Yours in Scouting,
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