Teddy Bear Express

The Rules - the important ones

It's TIME for Teddy Bear Express (TBE) sign ups!!
( Deadline for sign ups is August 25, Bears go on the road between September 8 and 12, 2012 )

Please read this carefully and in full as you will be expected to comply with these rules. I've tried to simplify as best as I can. Please refer to the Bear Keeper and Host Rule pages for more information and do not hesitate to email me at janalyn686@yahoo.com with questions.

What is TBE?

TBE stands for Teddy Bear Express. Teddy bears travel around the United States and Canada from one family child care, daycare center, or school to another, staying up to 10 days, and then returning home. Every fall one or more bears go on the road depending upon the number of signups we have. Each TBE route is comprised of one Bear Keeper (the person that purchases or uses their own bear and prepares the traveling box) and 5 or more Hosts (the people who get to have a bear come and visit them). TBE is done as a fun Geography lesson for the children in our care. TBE takes place once per year, with the bears leaving in September and returning home in December.

Who May Apply?

Any person in the United States or Canada who is involved with children as a family child care provider, center worker, teacher, etc. Applications are accepted from both the Provider's Playground (PP) email list and the general public. If you know of someone who may be interested in joining TBE, please pass this website along to them.

What Do I Need To Do To Sign Up And When?

1. The Application - the Application can be downloaded right here or from the main TBE page as a MS Word document. You may either print it out and mail it to my home (address on the Application) or you may email it back to me at janalyn686@yahoo.com. If you cannot open the attachment, please email me and let me know and I can copy and paste the questions into an email for you.

Download Application

2. The Deposit - I ask for a Deposit because it helps ensure that our teddy bears return home safely and that you are serious about this project. Prior to requiring a Deposit, we frequently had bears that came up 'lost.' Since the Deposit requirement, we have had a 100% success rate with our bears returning home.

The Deposit for all applicants is $20 this year. $15 of your Deposit will be returned to you at the end of your particular route when your bear is safely home provided you have met all of the TBE rules for your particular position. The $5 that I keep will be used to help cover my expenses (postage, website fees, PayPal fees, etc)

Deposits may be made in CASH, personal check, or money order to my home address or via PayPal.

Don't forget for those of you who are self-employed as Family Child Care Providers, all of your expenses associated with TBE are a 100% direct tax write off for you. Keep good records.

3. Picture, Name, and Sex of Bear - If you are applying for a position as a Bear Keeper, you must email me one or two photos of your teddy bear, along with the bear's name and sex at the time of your Application. All photos must be submitted in .jpg format and must be close-up photos.

4. Deadline - for me to have all of the above is Saturday, August 25.

When Do The Bears Leave?

Between Saturday, September 8, 2012 and Wednesday, September 12, 2012. If you are choosen as a Bear Keeper, please let me know which day you will mail out your bear.

Tell me more about the Bear Keeper and Host positions on TBE

All Applicants apply for a Host position. If you'd like to prepare a box and send a bear out, you may also apply for a Bear Keeper position. There are only a few Bear Keeper positions, approximately one for every 5 or 6 Hosts. Please read the rules thoroughly for both positions before deciding on whether or not to apply and in what aspect.

BEARKEEPER RULES http://stepbystepcc.com/tbe/bearkeeperrules.html
HOST RULES http://stepbystepcc.com/tbe/hostrules.html

Is There Anything Else I Need To Know?

Please know that I do my best to approve all Applications but I cannot guarantee that you will be able to participate. It is possible you may live in a location that just won't work for any route. I almost always am in need of Hosts in the Southern or Western states. In the case of multiple Applicants in one area, the first Application received will be given preference. If you are not approved for TBE, your FULL Deposit will be returned immediately.

Once you are approved for TBE and placed on a route, you will be invited/added to join our TBE email list. You must remain on this list until your bear returns safely home.

Any one bear may go out a 2nd time (a later year) after which he/she will be retired.

No smoking around the traveling teddy bear is permitted.

All or part of any email sent to the TBE email list may be quoted on your bear's webpage.

Mailing Rules - bears may be shipped either via Parcel Post or Priority Mail. In either case, you are required to obtain Delivery Confirmation. Delivery Confirmation is inexpensive and will provide you with a Confirmation Number as proof that you mailed the bear to the next location. Insurance is optional.

Please make sure you are familiar with ALL the rules for this project. They are all put into place for a reason and are important to ensure a successful venture. Failure to follow the TBE rules will result in forfeiting your Deposit, banning from the TBE program in future years, and/or removal from the Provider's Playground email list if you are a member.

I believe this is an AWESOME project. Some of our bears and daycares have made the newspapers and news. If you would like to return to our main TBE page, please go here.

Please consider joining this very fun project!

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