Re: Departing Scoutmaster Skits
Peter Farnham (pfarnham@ASBMB.FASEB.ORG)
Tue, 8 Aug 1995 10:22:16 EST
One of you had asked about skits for departing scoutmasters. The
following is a pretty good one, good for use with any departing
official. We're doing this tonight at roundtable, as our commissioner
is moving on to greener pastures after a 3-year tour.
Six or seven scouts each bring in a wrapped present. The "presents"
can be anything (paperclips, envelopes, a pencil, a block of wood);
they are intended not as serious presents, but rather as set-ups for
The departing SM sits/stands in front of the group.
Scout 1 comes up with his present (paperclips, for example) and gives
it to the SM. SM opens the package. "Oh gee, paperclips! How nice!"
Scout 1: "Oh it was nothing, Mr. Jones. My dad works in a paperclip
Scout 2 comes up with his present (envelopes, for example) and gives
it to the SM. SM opens the package. "Oh boy, envelopes. Thanks,
Scout 2: "No problem, Mr. J. The old man works in a stationery
And so on to the last one--
Last scout comes up with a box, dripping water out of the bottom, and
says, "I'm sorry, Mr. Jones, but my dad works in a pet store..."
This got a lot of laughs at the Christmas pack meeting two years ago
when it was pulled on me. Of course, after the skit you give the SM a
serious and appropriate gift.
The way you stage manage the last part is to put the package in a pan
full of water (out of sight of the victim) until it is saturated.
Also, it helps to have a plastic sheet or something underneath the
SM's chair, so cleanup won't be too much of a problem. Or have a mop;
just don't do it on a carpeted floor.
As far as appropriate gifts go, the SM will still be around as CC, if
I recall the post correctly. If he's still going to be active on
outings, etc. maybe a new piece of camping equipment? Or something
related to his new job (a nice monogrammed briefcase? Pen and pencil
set also monogrammed?) Something the boys make would actually be
pretty cool, too, but not knowing the individual involved, it's kind
of hard to come up with an appropriate idea. What does the new CC
like? What is he good at?
Just a few thoughts...probably generating more smoke than fire, now
that I think about it. Oh well.
SM, Troop 113
GW District, NCAC
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