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The Greatest Show on EarthIndian Nations Council

Storytelling

Storytelling is a good way for den leaders to introduce the theme for the next month.  Depending on the theme, this could be done with a true story from nature or an incident from the life of a famous person, a myth or an Indian legend.

A story can set the scene for a special outing or trip.  It can meet a special need such as a behavior problem, allowing you to get the point across without actually pointing out one particular boy or incident.  One of the best reasons for telling stories is because they are fun and boys enjoy them.

Here are a few tips to help you become a good storyteller:

1. TELL the story, DON'T READ IT if possible.

2.Try to imagine yourself in the story so you can really feel it.

3.Decide on a catchy line for a beginning to create interest.

4.Practice telling the story.

5.Don't make the story too long.  Having it short and to the point will keep the boys interest.

6.Keep eye contact while telling your story.

7.Speak clearly.  Use simple language.  Don't be afraid to use different voices for the characters or to make sounds.

8.When you've finished, its time for you to start listening. Discuss the story with the boys.  A few simple questions will help get them going.

Knots

Why is it important to learn to tie knots?  There are a few people in each generation that just get a kick out of seeing how many of the approximately 4,000 different knots they can learn to tie.  For most people knots keep your shoes from falling off, tie up bundles of limbs and twigs for trash pickup, fly a kite or tie a fly on a fishing line and all those other things that involve string, cord, line or rope.

Each of the 4,000 or so knots has an application for which it is best but we really don't expect Cub Leaders to teach  all 4,000 knots to the Cubs.  The Boy Scouts have selected five knots that will fill most of the Cub's needs.  These knots are Square Knot, Sheet Bend, Bowline, Two Half Hitches and Slipknot.  Instructions for tying these knots are in the Bear Cub Scout book, The Scouting Book of Knots and the Boy Scout handbook as well as numerous non  Boy Scout publications.  The uses of these basic knots are:

Square Knot - tie two ropes of the same size and material together.

Sheet Bend - tie two ropes of different sizes and/or materials together.

Bowline - tie a fixed non slipping loop in a rope.

Two Half Hitches - all purpose hitch for attaching rope to an uneven shape.

Slip Knot - can be used in place of two half hitches where it can be  slipped  over  the  end of an object to which  it  is  to  be attached.

Teaching Knots

Try to teach Cub Scout's basic knots over an extended period.  Do not try to teach them more than two knots in any given session.

Most boys will start to get confused after the second knot.

Repetition is the key to teaching knots.  Once you have introduced them, keep including the skills in various games  and other activities.  Using rope of two different colors helps some boys see more clearly how knots are correctly tied and lessens confusion.  Boys will need your individual attention in learning and demonstrating these knots, so try to get some help in watching them tie them.  Your Den Chief would be good at this.

You might ask him to bring a fellow Boy Scout along who has earned the Pioneering merit badge to help out when you are teaching the boys knots.

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