Re: Scout's Own
Edward Brierley (EBrier1847@AOL.COM)
Fri, 6 Jun 1997 10:36:17 -0400
Sidcup, Kent, UK.
"Our District is holding a District Camp in July. At a meeting last night I
volunteered (well I think I did) to run a Scout's Own. (A short muti-faith
service at camp)
The trouble is I have never done anything like that before. My ever
suffering wife is a Catholic married to a lurking Christian. So my
question is this - can the list offer any ideas for a short act of worship,
10 - 15 mins) that is fun, humorous and serious for a bunch of boys and
girls who probably would rather not listen to me."
Well, I've done numerous Scout's Owns over the years. Some have worked, some
have not. Scouts Canada has numerous reosurce materials available for
this--but I doubt I could organize getting some to the UK one time!
However, some of the best I have performed came about by centering the
discussion, yes Scout's Owns work best if it's a two-way street, around Dr.
Seuss stories! Most of his books have deep morals that our organization
holds dear--and they are written to please youth! Some examples
The Lorax--Protecting the environement
The Butter Battle Book--The foolishness of war
The Sneetches--Acceptance of all fellowmen
Green Eggs and Ham--Try it before you knock it
Yertle the Turtle and other Stories--Leadership and vanity
The Grinch Who Stole Christmas--The spirit of the holiday
You get the idea... Start with a silence, each youth can thank God in their
read a story, then discuss it and it's morals. Before you know it, the
Scout's Own is over! Dr. Seuss was a genius! Remember, my number one rule
in Scouting is "HAVE FUN!" It's what retains the youth...
Well, hope this helps.
As they say in the jungle, "Good Night and Good Hunting."
Yours is Scouting,
Akela--10th Langley Peterson Road Panthers Pack
District Service Scouter--Langley District
Langley, Fraser Valley, BC/Yukon, Scouts Canada
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