Storytelling Badge

(Discover Art)

By Doreen Olson


Penguins: Choose three requirements including the two starred.

_____*1. Tell a story that you learned to someone else. Be sure to get all the facts right and in the correct order.

_____*2. Listen to someone tell at least three stories. What is your favorite story told by a parent, guardian, teacher or grandparent? Why is it your favorite?


Otters: Choose four requirements including the two starred.

_____*1. Do Penguin requirements 1 & 2.

_____ *2. Tell a story you learned from a book, article, or movie.


Dolphins: Choose five requirements including the two starred.

_____*1. Do Otter requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.* What are three reasons people tell stories? What are the different ways a story can be told? Can you think of a story that has been told in more than one way?


Butterflies: Choose six requirements, including the two starred.

_____*1. Do Dolphin requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.* Give five examples of well-known stories that have been handed down from generation to generation. What are some occupations or former occupations of story-tellers?


Eagles: Choose seven requirements including the two starred.

_____*1. Do Butterfly requirement 1 & 2.

_____ 2. Listen to a story told in more than one fashion. This can be original or traditional. Which way did you most enjoy it? Why?

Owl:† Choose nine requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1. *†Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2

_____ 2. *†Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone. ††You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge.†† If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.


Optional Requirements:

_____ 3. Tell a story that you made up.

_____ 4. Tell a story with puppets, props, illustrations, or costumes.

_____ 5. Record your story to send to a relative or friend.

_____ 6. Draw pictures or make a movie to tell your story

_____ 7. Add sound effects or compose music to go with your story.

_____ 8. Find a story in real life told from two viewpoints. You may ask you parent to tell a story from their childhood and then ask a relative to give his or her version, or find a traditional story told by different characters. Why can the same story sound so different from another source?

_____ 9. Tell a story that has a moral. How can you emphasize a moral when telling a story?

_____ 10. Tell a chapter story so that people have to wait for the next installment.

_____ 11. Tell the same story separately to more than one age group. Did you have to change it for the different groups?

_____ 12. Do a story time for a little kidsí club/classroom/library.

_____ 13. What is something significant you learned from (1) hearing a story and (2) telling a story? Share this with your troop or leader or write out what you learned

Huge list of websites to help you tell a story properly: