Thanks for the files!
Bill Lutholtz (lutholtz@GUTENBERG.IUPUI.EDU)
Mon, 26 Sep 1994 07:40:09 -0500
Our troop just finished a weekend campout at Bear Creek Camp near
Connersville, Indiana. Last week, I downloaded several files from the
SCOUTS-L collection, printed them out, three-hole punched them, and stuck
them in a three-ring binder to take along on the trip. (Potentially heavy
rain was in the forecast and I didn't want to risk having a sheaf of soggy
The files I took with me were STORIES, SKITS, PRAYERS, REVERENT, GSTORIES
(Ghost Stories), SONGS, and QUOTES (Baden-Powell quotations).
On the trip down, I showed the book to the scouts in my car, who seemed
marginally interested, mostly attracted to the collection of skits. Most
of them have been complaining about "the same old skits every time" and I
figured this might hook them. They asked me where I'd gotten these and
I explained about SCOUTS-L and the Internet. By the time we got to camp
Friday night, they'd already picked out three skits that they planned to do.
At our campfire on Saturday night, I pulled out the book and we ran through
all the "new" (to them, anyway!) verses of "Tom the Toad." Then we did the
"Quartermaster's Store" using someone's suggestion from the list that you
go around the campfire and make up your own verses to rhyme with the first
name of each camper ("There was Jim, Jim, looking rather thin, at the store...")
As the waning moon came up, I read "The Cremation of Sam McGee." Then we
sang "Taps" (didn't KNOW there were three verses to that!) out of the SONGS
file and sent everyone off to bed.
Sunday morning as we're packing up, the kids are still making up more verses
to "Quartermaster" and "Tom the Toad." On the drive back, they're still
singing and planning more stuff for the next campout in two weeks. They
want to do the campfire for the Fall Camporee.
Thanks to all the folks here around the Virtual Campfire! Your efforts had
a first-rate reception at a "Real Time" Campfire, too!
Troop 9, Pioneer District
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City