Re: Haunted Woods
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Tue, 24 Jun 1997 01:11:39 -0400
Haunted houses and the like can be a lot of fun at halloween and of
course there are many activities that are fun for cub aged boys that
you can use at this time of year like the gross guts boxes that you pass
around. Each Cub is issued with thin plastic gloves and gets to feel
various objects by sticking his hand into a hole in a box. You can use
various food stuffs for body parts and label the boxes accordingly.
Kids seem to love the gross fun stuff like that. You could for example
label a box "Scrambled Brains - from drug user" and have chilled ground
meat moulding in the shape of a brain inside - yetch. With a little
imagination, some mashed potatos, radishes coated in jello (eyes),
spaghetti, jello, and the like you could have some fun. Of course its
even more fun after all the comments to open the boxes and see what
caused all the "Awwww Groooooosss" comments.
I'm sure some of our netizens here can supply some of their favorite
gross object stories.
And then their are all sorts of traditional fun things to do with
pumpkins, scarecrows, and the like. No shortage of program possibilities.
Now the haunted woods idea is not one I have heard of before, but it
already gives me goosebumps, but not of the good kind. Depending on what
part of the country you are from and how much experience your boys have
had being outdoors at night in the woods, the activity could be fun and
exciting or a disaster with long term consequences.
Here are a few concerns you may want to think about:
If this is the first time out in the woods for the boys, especially at
night and one or two really get scared badly, this may be the last time
they'll go for it. After all who wants to go camping with Jason from
Friday the 13th. Certainly won't do much to make 'em want to use the
Kybo at night.
What happens if some or all of the older Scouts really get into their
roles as "goblins" and the like to the point that the activity becomes
What if one of the young fellows gets scared and separated from the group
- runs off lost?
What if one of the young fellows decides to take out a ghoul with his
Cub knife (you didn't know his dad gave it to him to take on the campout
It is hard to find a good balance for such an activity where it's not
lame and not likely to produce unintended consequences. I'd be curious
to know what sorts of things could work for such an activity.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
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