Peter Van Houten (peterva@QM.WV.TEK.COM)
Fri, 3 Jun 1994 09:55:06 -0800
Fellow Scouters & Friends . . .
We at Pack 383 just completed our graduation campfire(s). Since our Pack is
so large, we split the pack in half and do two almost identical campfires
back to back. The first includes the Tiger Cub Graduation and the Wolf-Bear
transition. The second includes the Bear-Webelos, and 1st year Webelos - 2nd
year Webelos. At the first campfire we had aprx. 75-80 people attending, the
second we had over 100. Humour me while I attempt to set the scene.
First, the location is our local day camp nestled in a wooded area. We
gather in the upper area in a small clearing. Here I make any announcements
relative to upcoming pack activities, and I start getting the boys excited by
doing some yells and songs. Afterwhich, I give instructions that when the
signal is given we will proceed to the campfire area (which is located at the
other end of the camp...we'll hike in line....boy's first, than family
members....over a suspension bridge through the woods along the meadow into
the campfire area. The signal is the blowing of the Conk shell, which
signals the drummers to begin. We proceed silently into the campfire area to
the sound of the distant drums.
Below is our Campfire plan, after that I've included a copy of our Campfire
opening. This campfire from point of signal to start of exit procession
lasted exactly one hour! The campfires were successfull because we focused
on the following: 1) Keeping it up beat, activie and exciting, and 2)
unique and special to each individual boy (each boy was recognized and made a
part of the campfire).
Good luck in your future campfires.
1 Gathering Activity - Swiss Boy Song / If You're happy Song / Robert Baden
2 Procession to Campfire - Blowing the Horn / Drum Beating
3 Opening - and firelighting
4 Greetings - introduction
5 YELL -- Boom Chica Boom
6 SONG - Grand Ol' Duke of York
7 SKITs (a rapid assortment of run-on's and skits....moving very quickly)
8 SONG - Alice The Camel
9 Ping Pong Ball Story
10 Adancment Ceremony - Four Arrow Ceremony
(all boys circle around the campfire in a friendship circle, with parents
12 Song - "Mm Mm I want to Linger"
13 Cubmaster minute
14 SONG - 'Boy Scout Vespers' in living Circle(Bears/Webelos)
SONG - 'Cub Scout Vespers' in living Circle (Tigers/Wolfs)
15 Procession out of Campfire area humming the tune for Vespers!
Cub Scouts of Pack 383 -- We are gathered here for our graduation campfire.
This is a special occaision, a special tradition which has special memories!
"At the first camp, on Brownsea Island, Baden-Powell and the boys were
winding down at the last campfire. Baden-Powell during the campfire told the
boys that a campfire was a special time of fellowship, spirituality, and good
fun. He told the boys that he wouldn't be around forever, and that to keep
the spirit of this time alive, he invited them to take some of the campfire
ashes, when they cooled, and to spread them on all the future campfires they
would be at. This way the spirit of the first scout camp would live on
To help start our campfire this evening I've brought with me ashes from last
years campfire! These ashes contain the memories of that campfire and the
fun we had. By adding them to our campfire this year we will build new
memories of our campfire this year! I ask that all scouts take a few moments
to think of the good times you've had in Cub Scouting!
[Have a moment of silence to let the boys reflect]
I need your help in starting the campfire! Yell after me everything I say!
[Hold the bag of ashes up and face each of the directions (N, E, S, W) and
yell out the following to add mystery to the fire lighting.]
Leader Shouts: Boy's Shout:
(Face to the North)
To the North we call... To the North we
Spirit Red Spirit Red
Thy Hunger must be Fed Thy Hunger must be Fed
(Face to the East)
To the East we call... To the East we
Spirit Hot Spirit Hot
Forget us not Forget us not
(Face to the South)
To the South we call... To the South we call...
Spirit Gold Spirit Gold
As the year grows old As the year grows old
Keep us from the cold Keep us from the cold
(Face to the West
To the West we call... To the West we call...
Spirit White Spirit White
In the darkness of the night In the darkness of the
Be our shining light Be our shining light
[Pour the ashes over the campfire. Using one of the many 'magic campfire'
starts ignite the campfire! As it may take a few seconds for the fire to
ignite, I will have the boys chant 'Cub Scouts' loudly saying it is the
Spirit of Scouting that lights our fire.]
I now declare the camp fire open!
Peter Van Houten / E-Mail:
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