Our past is exciting and important for Scouts to understand. Tiger Tales offers a glimpse of songs, stories, and customs that have been passed down through families and groups of people about the history of America. Some stories are about real people such as Davy Crockett or Daniel Boone. Their stories tend to be exaggerated to make them seem bigger than life. Other times, stories are about fictional characters capable of amazing things that seem impossible. Either way, tall tales and folk songs offer the spirit of American life from our ancestors telling us about their happiness, fears, dreams, and the hopes they shared.
Takeaways for Cub Scouts
Developing loyalty to our country
Developing appreciation for their nation’s culture and heritage
Showing respect for what our ancestors have provided for us adventure Requirements
Adventure Requirements (Tiger Handbook, page 250)
Create a tall tale with your den.
Create your own tall tale. Share your tall tale with your den.
Read a tall tale with your adult partner.
Create a piece of art from a scene in the tall tale you have read, using your choice of materials. Share it with your den.
Play a game from the past.
Sing two folk songs.
Visit a historical museum or landmark with your adult partner.
NOTES TO DEN LEADER
Tigers will have a Do-at-Home Project after the first den meeting to complete requirements 2 and 3.
Meeting 3 is a den outing to a historical museum or landmark. The goal is to help Tigers witness some of America’s past and to bring context to the stories, songs, and games they experience during this adventure. 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.
In some areas, local museums may focus on a particular subject or time period. If the place you want to go is not open during den meeting times, consider inviting a museum docent to bring some items to the meeting and speak to the Tigers.
For further reference, the Library of Congress has information on folk tales on its website: www.loc.gov/folklife.
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.