I love to do crafts and have cute handouts and activities for church (and school, and friends, and - well you get the idea). I don't consider myself creative, but often use the help of others' talents. I decided to share what I'm doing for others just like me. It may be a link to where I found something or it might even be something *I* created. Right now I work as a paraprofessional at my kids' elementary - in special ed (autism). I started creating items for my 3rd graders this year and can't wait to share them with you. I am the 1st counselor in YW (first time in YW is this past year). I also have ideas for cub scouts and sunbeams posted, my previous callings.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Bear Cub Scout Achievement 4

I'm going to post what I did for the entire Achievement 4 (Requirements a-c).  We only meet for an hour once a week so I had to take two weeks to get it all covered.  If you meet for a longer period of time you can cover it all.  The best part is that it includes a game so you get a several things accomplished and have fun too.
  1. 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.
  2. Name at least five stories about American folklore. Point out on a United States map where they happened. 
  3. Read two folklore stories and tell your favorite one to your den. 
First we talked about what folklore is. Then we read all of the summaries in the book.  This is basically the answers to the Match Game in the book.  I brought copies of the Match Game just in case someone didn't have their book (which is every time).  We went over the match game together.  Once they were familiar with it we played memory.  On one card is a name and they have to find the description of that name in order to have a match.  

I printed the cards off onto colored card-stock so the print wouldn't go through and then I laminated them for durability (not required). The kids loved the game.  Keep the matching game you just filled out handy in case you forget who did what!

I can't take the credit for creating this one.  I found it at Strong Armor.  The only problem was that it didn't print quite right for me.  I emailed her and she sent it to me via email.  I asked her if I could share it with you and she agreed.

I then printed 5 different folklore stories from http://americanfolklore.net/folklore/tall-tales/
You can print your own or use the ones I did by downloading them here.  I also printed a map of the United States to bring in so we could locate where each folklore originated.  We read the titles of each.  The boys each took turns reading two of them to themselves.  They each selected their favorite and summarized it for the group and  showed us on the map were their story happened.

We had fun and it covered the entire Bear Achievement 4!


  1. Thank you for the game - it was easy to print! I also found on scouter mom.com 5 abbreviated tall tale stories for this achievements. Many thanks for your time and talents.

  2. I came across your blog while looking for some ideas for Bear scout den meeting. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas and what has worked for you! You have some awesome ideas!

  3. Thank you! These worked great today. I am sending my fellow den moms your way!

  4. Thank you for this. I'm going to use it this week.

  5. Thankyou for making my den leader role easier !!

  6. Love these ideas! I linked to your post from my site: Cub Scout Ideas


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