By Kara Simmons, Level 2, Troop 122 (with the help of Elizabeth Simmons, Troop Leader)
Preschool: Do 3 requirements including the 2 starred
Level 1: Do 4 requirements including the 2 starred
Level 2: Do 5 requirements including the 2 starred
Level 3: Do 6 requirements including the 2 starred
Level 4: Do 7 requirements including the 2 starred
Adult: Do 9 requirements including the 2 starred. Also teach someone about what you learned while earning this badge.
_____1.* Learn about how and why the first teddy bear was created. Make sure you know about both companies who created the bears and the story that inspired the toy.
_____2.* Read about collecting bears and look at pictures or visit a bear collection that includes historical or themed bears, or some other connection, more than just random toy bears.
_____3. Learn about a famous real bear like Smokey or Knut.
_____4. Gather your teddy bears and a friend's and look at them to compare their features. What is your favorite thing about each one?
_____5. Look in catalogs, toy stores, or online for bear furniture and accessories (with your parent's permission). Make or find something to be a new accessory or furniture for your teddy bear.
_____6. Make a teddy bear. You may use a kit, pattern, or go to a bear "workshop".
_____7. Give a teddy bear to a bear service project like bears for police officers, foster children, children's hospitals, Operation Christmas Child, gifts for deployed military, mission projects, etc.
_____8. Read a story about a bear like Winnie the Pooh, Corduroy, Paddington, etc.
_____9. Make a list of all of the story bears you find from books, TV, and movies.
_____10. Learn about a career that is involved in the creation of teddy bears - factory worker (making and dressing), store worker at a bear "workshop", store managers, bear designer, product safety specialist, packers and shippers, customer service, purchasing, marketing, etc. Check out the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory or Build a Bear for more ideas.
_____11. Tour a teddy bear factory in person or online with your parent's permission.
_____12. Listen to a teddy bear song and make a piece of art inspired by the song. A couple of song options are - "Teddy Bear Picnic" or "Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Turn Around".
_____13. Host a teddy bear picnic or tea party or other bear themed party for your friends.
_____14. Learn about different types of teddy bears - jointed, stuffed, knitted, crochet, novelty, etc.
_____15. Find a bear that needs cleaning, fixing, or a new outfit. Then help the bear. You may need adult help or to do a little research on the best cleaning or repair methods to preserve the bear.
_____16. Research the challenges that teddy bears can be to children with asthma. What can be done to make teddy bears safe for people with asthma or other health conditions?
_____ 17 Discuss the difference between real bears and make-believe bears. Why do you think teddy bears became so popular and have remained so for so many years?
The following resources are not associated with Quest Clubs and you use them at your own risk.
You might enjoy the radio program "The Cinnamon Bear". It is a Christmas themed serial in 25 episodes from 1937. You can find it here http://cinnamonbear.org/index.html
http://vimeo.com/35260982 An 8 minute tour and interview of Vermont Teddy Bear Factory
http://www.howjoyful.com/2010/05/howjoyful-bear-tutorial-and-pattern/ Tutorial and pattern for a challenging but adorable teddy bear. Thanks to HowJooyful.com for sharing.
http://www.eldrbarry.net/im/meg/simpbear.pdf Pattern and directions for a simpler bear.