Songs, Sparklers needed for Training
Tom Morgan (TMM0647@RITVAX.ISC.RIT.EDU)
Sat, 24 Jun 1995 17:34:43 -0400
Hi, I'm Tom Morgan, ACM Pack 208, Fairport, NY. I recently
joined Scouts-L, and have been enjoying the discussions.
A brother scouter, the one who got me connected with you,
recently told me he thought I'd be a good pick to lead up
the team for ''Songs & Sparklers'' for this fall's (Pow Wow)
- not what we're calling it this year, but close enough.
We have ongoing ''discussions'' as to the relative necessity
of (particularly) Songs at Pack meetings and campouts -- I'm
pro, he's ''not necessarily so Joe''-- as he reflects on his
son quietly dropping out of the 4th grade chorus between
Christmas and Spring, and somehow neglecting to discuss it
(All in fun.) Since he signed himself up for the much harder
and more serious topic of Planning/Running the 2yr Webelos
Agenda, how could I say no?
So, if you have any memorable Songs, Sparklers, or Skits,
preferably ones that AREN'T in CURRENT Cub/Boy Scout books, I'd
I'd really appreciate getting copies, either e or snail mail.
Any thoughts on discussion topics would be appreciated, too.
If you'd like a copy when I'm done compiling for the Pow Wow,
let me know.
Catchy new verses to familiar tunes appreciated, especially if
they're to something other than ''O Tannenbaum'' - I like it,
but the Scout Song book has a ton. A little variety is nice
every so often. The ''Fractured Fairy Tale'' type song (anyone
remember Rocky & Bullwinkle - twisting a familiar theme) seem
the best as far as the kids are concerned.
I already have such greats as O Tom the Toad, and On Top of
Spaghetti. I would like a good cross section of Active
participation songs, seasonal, and more reflective songs.
I've got Noble Duke of York, My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean,
The 12 Days of Halloween, Scout Vespers, Taps, Kumbaya.
We're working on getting Puff the Magic Dragon, and If I had
a Hammer in writing.
I'm starting early so I have plenty of time for the writes &
re-writes. Besides, we're going to Adventure Camp 7/14, and
it would be a good time to try them out.
My e-mail address is TMM0647@RIT.edu
Snail Mail is: Tom Morgan, 109Eaglesfield Way,
Fairport, NY 14450-4411
Speaking of Adventure Camp -- I thought I'd add my $.02
worth about Pirates & Cook vs Mess Hall.
Since I belong to Otetiana Council (Scouting did a cover
story on our new Cub Adventure Camp - highlighting the Ships
encampment) - I have to agree with 'Let the kids be kids &
enjoy the fantasy'. This has probably been the most popular
encampent for the younger boys (Graduating Tigers/Wolves &
Bears). It certainly has a commanding presence as you enter
the Adventure Camp area of Warren Cutler Scout Reservation
(there are 1500+ Acres, only a modest/small part of it is
It is gaining popularity in the off-season for use by whole
packs, too. It has a lot more visual appeal to entice the
The other encampments include a Fort - Old West theme, a
Castle - Knights, etc., a Native American Village(Plains
Indians - Teepees on platforms --> Iroquios Nation would
have been nice given our geography, but funds were running
low for a long house.) for graduating Bears/1st year Webelos,
and Mountain Man Brigade for 2nd year Webelos - regular 2
man tents on platforms - a 4 day/3night version of Boy Scouts.
Between last year's Adventure Camp, renting the three year-
round program areas over the course of Fall, Winter(February
in Upstate NY), and Spring this first year of operation, and
this year's Mountain Man Brigade, coming up in a few weeks,
my son, and other boys have had a great opportunity to use
the facilities. They have really enjoyed the experience. If
all of the buildings were ''plain'', and more traditional, I
don't think we would have had the eagerness on either the Scouts
or Parents parts to go as much as we did.
Learning to think up creative solutions to different situations
is an important skill for the boys. The Adventure Camp themes
put a spin on their traditional thought processes. Badges are
worked around the themes during Adventure Camp.
Our Pack, and others, have had good times using the permanent
structures with their in-door plumbing (Hot Showers year round
- what's a latrine??!) and kitchen facilities (OK, so its Ritz-
Carlton ''camping'' -- we're taking everyone from Tigers to
Webelos 2, Moms, Dads, & sisters, too. The Webelos tent-camped
within the Fort Walls in the Fall. February is too cold to
torture this age bracket -- we want them to continue into Boy
The Camps invite the boys to experience the great outdoors, while
having a safe, warm base from which to explore. They are also
starting to learn those all important cooking skills under close
supervision with better sanitation equipment on hand -- so
they won't have quite such a time learning when they become boy scouts.
p.s. I camped and worked at both mess hall and Patrol Cooking program
Camps -- Massawepie (now known as Adirondack Scout Reservation) was
blessed with 3 functioning and one resting camp when I was younger
we generally preferred the Patrol method -- but then again we were
known to ''modify'' the commissaries plans for breakfast -- a lot
of ''egg'' meals turned into French Toast -- Bread and Syrup
were staples we could keep getting - 'til they wised up! We did
learn how to cook a wide variety of delicacies over a wood stove
and half-barrel, dutch and reflector oven, too. You do lose a little
of the sense of full camp unity, though. Maybe that made the campfire
more special. I'm not sure.
Thanks in advance for the Songs, Sparklers, and Skits help.
Sorry about the soapbox.
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