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BEAR DEN

WELCOME TO THE BEAR DEN

Welcome to the Bear Den! While each rank in Cub Scouting is referred to as a "den" as a group of people, a "den" is also a place that animals can retreat to and call home. This is your den for the HomeScouting Adventure Club for Bears! 

Bears are boys and girls in the third grade in fall of 2020. When you're ready, get started on your first HomeScouting Adventure!

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DECEMBER ADVENTURE:

ROARING LAUGHTER

Do you like to laugh? Of course you do! Laughing makes you feel good, and it spreads faster than a cold. With just a smile, you can meet a new friend, make someone else smile, and create a happy feeling in yourself and other people. In this adventure, you’ll find lots of ways to smile and laugh.

Make sure to download the connected worksheet for this month's adventure!

Bears must complete at least four of the requirements below

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU LAUGH

*four are required for adventure*

Requirement 1: Think about what makes you laugh. Write down three things that make you laugh.

Everybody likes to laugh, but not everybody laughs at the same things. Think about what makes you laugh, and make some notes.

Did you know that laughing actually helps your body? It relaxes your muscles and makes your body and mind feel peaceful and calm. It helps your body fight off germs that could make you sick. It even improves blood flow in your blood vessels, which helps keep your heart functioning well. So laughter is just what the doctor ordered!

Requirement 2: Practice reading tongue twisters.

Tongue twisters are silly statements that trick your tongue. Some are easy to read, and others are really tricky—especially when you say them fast or repeat them. Tongue twisters can give you the giggles when the words that come out of your mouth are not exactly what you were trying to say.

 

Here are some examples of tongue twisters: 

  • A big black bug bit a big black bear. But where is the big black bear that the big black bug bit?

  • How many yaks could a yak pack pack if a yak pack could pack yaks?

  • How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

  • How many cans can a canner can if a canner can can cans?

  • Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked. If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, How many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?

  • She sells seashells by the seashore.

 

What other tongue twisters do you know that you could share with your family or your den?

TONGUE TWISTERS

*four are required for adventure*

Requirement 3: Create your own short story. Remove some nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs from the story, leaving blanks. Without telling the story, have a friend or family member insert his or her own nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in the story you created. This is sometimes called a Mad Lib

A silly short story is one where you have replaced some of the words with words that don’t fit—or maybe they do! Here’s how to create a silly short story.

 

First, write your own short story. This could be a story about something that happened to you or a letter you might write to a friend or relative. Next, go through your story and take out some of the nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. Finally, without letting your buddy read your story, ask him to give you nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs to go in the blanks (the sillier the better). Write the words he or she gave you.

WRITE A MAD LIB

*four are required for adventure*

SILLY SHORT STORY EXAMPLE

STEP 1: THE ORIGINAL STORY

What I Did at Cub Scout Camp

This year at Cub Scout camp, I hiked all the way around the lake with my den. During the hike, we saw some deer, a frog, and a lot of butterflies. We also ate trail mix and beef sticks. It was a fun and tiring day.

STEP 2: STORY WITH BLANKS

What I Did at ______________ (event)

This year at ____________ (type of person)  camp, I ________ (action verb) all the way around the _______ (noun) with my ___________ (group of people). During the ________ (activity), we saw some __________ (animals), a ________ (animal), and a lot of ___________ (animals). We also ate __________ (noun) and ____________ (noun). It was a _________ (adjective) and __________ (adjective) day.

STEP 2: STORY WITH BLANKS FILLED IN BY SOMEONE ELSE

What I Did at the Super Bowl

This year at helicopter pilot camp, I tiptoed all the way around the Empire State Building with my kazoo orchestra. During the fire drill, we saw some wolf spiders, a hippopotamus, and a lot of T. rexes. We also ate marbles and remote controls. It was a round and sparkly day.

If you liked like game, check out more at https://www.madlibs.com/printables/

PLAY A GAME THAT MAKES YOU LAUGH

*four are required for adventure*

Requirement 4: With a partner, play a game that makes you laugh.

All games are fun, but some of them make you laugh out loud! Play a game with a friend that makes you laugh.

Having a sense of humor and being able to laugh at yourself can help you become more creative while keeping you healthy. Sharing laughter with your friends and family will help bring you closer together and build stronger relationships.

Here’s a game that you could try:

  1. Pair up with another person and sit face to face.

  2. Now, try to make each other laugh. You can make faces or sounds,
    but no touching is allowed.

  3. The last person to laugh wins.

  4. After you play, think about these questions: How hard was it to
    make your buddy laugh? How hard was it for him to make you
    laugh? What was the final thing that made each of you let out a
    giggle?

 

SHARE TWO JOKES WITH SOMEONE

*four are required for adventure*

Requirement 5: Share at least jokes with a couple of friends to make them laugh.

Everybody knows at least a few jokes. You can find lots of jokes in Boys’ Life magazine or in joke books at the library or a bookstore. You can even make up your own.

 

Here are some examples: 

Q: What do you call a Cub Scout who carries another Cub Scout on his back?

A: A taxi Cub!

Q: How does a taxi Cub move?

A: Low-Cub motion!

 

Q: How did the Cub Scout look when he forgot to take his jacket on the mountain hike?

A: Blue and cold! (blue and gold)

 

Q: What did the Cub Scout bake as den treats?

A: Cub-cakes!

 

Q: What did the Cub Scout neckerchief say to the Cub Scout hat?

A: You go on ahead; I’ll hang around here.

 

Q: Why did the rubber chicken cross the road?

A: She wanted to stretch her legs.

 

Q: Why did the horse cross the road?

A: To reach his neigh-borhood.

HOW TO BE FUNNY!

How can you be funny when you tell jokes? First, start with funny jokes! If you don’t find a joke funny, how can you expect your friends to find it funny? Next, think about who you will be telling it to. Ayounger brother or sister might not understand a joke about math class, for example. Finally, practice the joke, including any facial expressions, body movements, or hand gestures that will help make it funnier. And remember: practice makes perfect!

Find thousands of jokes at jokes.boyslife.org

PERFORM TWO RUN-ONS

*four are required for adventure*

Requirement 6: Practice at least two run-ons with your den, and perform them at a pack meeting or campfire program.

Run-ons are quick gags that are used during downtime at a campfire program or pack meeting. They can involve one person or many. When performing your run-on, remember to speak loudly and clearly so the audience can hear what you are saying.

 

 

Here are some examples: 

Scout 1: Runs out screaming, “They’re on me! They’re on me!”

Scout 2: “What’s on you?”

Scout 1: “My clothes.”

 

Scout 1: Runs out screaming, “They’re after me! They’re after me!”

Scout 2: “Who’s after you?”

Scout 1: “The squirrels. They think I’m nuts.”

 

Scout 1: Walks out dragging a rope across the ground

Scout 2: “Why are you dragging that rope?”

Scout 1: “Have you ever tried pushing one?”

ROARING LAUGHTER

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