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Bear hunting in B-CS? Brazos Valley group makes social distancing fun

A group in B-CS has started up an older tradition of hiding and looking for stuffed bears outside people's homes to make the most of social distancing.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Lots of parents are looking for new ways to pass the time with their little ones during this time, and there's a group in Bryan-College Station hoping to help.

“It actually is a way of creating a greater sense of community in a time where many of us feel more isolated,” said Wendy Flynn, a moderator for “Kids Bear Hunt College Station and Bryan,"  a group that started only a week ago on Facebook.

In about a week of its existence, the group has grown to about 800 members now.

Bryan College Station locals can join the group to well, hunt bears, in a sense. 

“There’s a list on the Facebook group and people add their own addresses to it so if somebody would like to know where to find bears, and they’re all over town, all over Bryan-College Station,” said Flynn.

The Bear hunt is actually part of an older tradition.

“It’s based off of the classic children's book, ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen, and in the book the family goes on a bear hunt to find an imaginary bear and they have all kinds of adventures along the way,” Flynn said.

Now, while social distancing, families are hiding and finding bears or really any toy of choice in windows, on porches and even in trees. 

Kids bear hunt College Station And Bryan has 840 members. I thought I would put together this group so that people can share where all families could go...

Whether you’re 4, 24 or really any age, Wendy says there couldn’t be a better time to join the fun.

“When we are staying at home, it's easy to feel isolated and this activity is a way that people are doing nice things for each other. They're creating a sense of community while still staying safe and healthy,” she said.


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