Campfire Skits (was Cub WB'r Needs Help)
Richard Seymour (ricky@BUFFNET.NET)
Thu, 18 Sep 1997 16:40:39 -0500
>I just finished cubscout woodbadge and need your help :)
>Part of my ticket was to gather campfire skits from
>around the world.
Be sure to check the chapter on "Scout Displays" in Baden-Powell's book
*Scouting Games* (http://www.isd.net/stobin/sc-games.html). Believe it or
not, Scout campfire skits were not always based on stupid jokes, lame puns,
and the boring self-conscious irony of Saturday Night Live (yes, it is
At that time skits were written to demonstrate some moral point or Scouting
skill. B-P's displays are perhaps too dated to be of much use now (his
Victorian portrayal of Native American Culture in "Pocahontas, or The
Capture of Captain John Smith," would have raised the hackles of his
contemporary Ernest Thompson Seton, for instance) but the book might offer
you an alternative to today's Scout campfire monoculture!
Baden-Powell also devotes part of his chapter on Scout Patrols in *Scouting
for Boys* to suggestions for mock trials and other displays, including,
"The plot of a short, simple play is given, and each player is assigned his
part, with an outline of what he has to do and say. The Scouts act it,
making up the required conversation as they go along.
"This develops the power of imagination and expression.
"Play acting is good fun. It doesn't matter what kind of voice you have so
long as you get out your words clearly and distinctly.
HINTS TO INSTRUCTORS
"In all games and competitions it should be arranged, so far as possible,
that all the scouts should take part, because we do not want to have merely
one or two brilliant performers and the others no use at all. All ought to
get practice, and all ought to be pretty good. In competitions where there
are enough entries to make heats, ties should be run off by losers instead
of the usual system of by winners, and the game should be to find out which
are the worst instead of which are the best. Good men will strive just as
hard not to the worst as they would to gain a prize, and this form of
competition gives the bad man most practice."
>From *Scouting for Boys* by Baden-Powell
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