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Cub Scout Tall Tales

tall tales for cub scouts

Note: The Tiger Tales elective adventure has been retired. I'm leaving this post as a reference.

While the Tiger Elective Adventure – Tiger Tales 3 has been retired, reading tall tales with an adult partner is still a fun activity fro your Cub Scout. Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed, Rip Van Winkle and John Henry are just a few of the tall tales that your Cub Scout can learn.

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.

There are great resources that you can use to find tall tales your Cub Scout will enjoy. The first is American Folklore which has a long list of tall tales.  You can click on any of the titles and see the full story.  The site even has several Brer Rabbit stories!

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!

If you decide to read more than one tall tale with your Cub Scout, you can use one of these fun matching games:

Tall Tales Bingo from Pony Express Cubs
Memory/Match Game from My LDS Projects

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.

There are several good tall tales books that are available on AmazonClick on over through the links below (which are my affiliate links), and check them out!

American Tall Tales
Read and Understand Tall Tales
Cut from the Same Cloth Tall Tales
American Tall Tales
Read and Understand Tall Tales, Grades 3-4
Cut from the Same Cloth: American Women of Myth, Legend, and Tall Tale

What fun activities has your den done for this activity?

Yours in Scouting,

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