Dr. Steve, Cub Scout programs
Tue, 19 Feb 1991 21:36:00 MST
The reference book Don was refering to is CREATIVE CAMPFIRES. You can get
it from National via mail order or many local council trading posts have it
in stock. It has planning sheets to help you get a feel for how a campfire
should proceed. It also has ideas for all stages of the campfire. some of
the ideas would be appropiate for most of the cubs, but I am afraid that it
is rather hard to come up with campfire material for youths as young as
tigers. Most of the campfire work I have done has been for Boy Scout aged
youths. I can offer you the following: If you tell any stories, make them
simple and short. If you try to have a story like the Cremation of Sam
McGee told, you may find the younger ones will get lost fast. Even more so
if the story is read. (Stories need to be told, if you are going to read
one, it is better to leave it out.)
The younger they are, the better your luck will be when it comes to getting
them to join in for the songs. For the age group you are working with, I
would lean toward more songs (ACTION SONGS), than stories. The book also
has some good "Run Ons". Run Ons are short (three to four lines) and are
done to interrupt the MC at planned times. They are nothing more than
jokes which the cubs will enjoy doing and should enjoy hearing. They can
be geared to the age group. Some examples from the book:
A frantic figure runs onstage.
a. They're after me! They're after me!
b. Who's after you?
a. The Squirrels -- they think I'm nuts!
A desperate fellow runs onstage.
a. It's all around me! It's all around me!
b. What's all around you?
a. My belt!
Hope the ideas help!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City