Every now and then people will contact me with a question about how I did this requirement or that. One question I have received a few times is “What are the rules for Tell It Like It Isn’t for Tiger Achievement 4?”
The instructions can be found in the Tiger handbook, but I think sometimes as den leaders we look at something and think it must be more complicated. Tell It Like It Isn’t is the game most of us know as Telephone. Yes, it really is that simple.
Tell It Like It Isn’t
- Have the Cub Scouts sit in a circle.
- The first Cub Scout whispers something in the next Cub Scout’s ear.
- He whispers what he thinks he heard in the next Cub Scout’s ear.
- This continues around the circle until it is whispered to the last Cub Scout. He says what he heard.
- The first person says what the phrase really was.
- Continue with a few additional phrases, letting somebody different go first each time.
- Take the suggestion in the Tiger handbook that you use this to start a discussion about how things we hear might not always be accurate and especially how this applies to gossip. This is definitely a teachable moment.
- Rather than just letting the first Cub Scout make up something to say to the second, I always provided some index cards with some phrases. This served two purposes. First, when the whispering stops, the first Cub Scout can look at the card to remember what he said. Yes they sometimes forget that quickly! Second, it ensures that they will be passing a phrase which is appropriate instead of something inappropriate.