Re: Indoor campfire Pack meeting
Beth Guth (bethguth@enter.NET)
Wed, 8 Apr 1998 22:29:40 -0400
One indoor campfire I was at had a small bird bath device that made a
trickling sound in a small childrens wading pool. The kids didn't mess
with it too much. They had sleeping bags to sit on and flashlights too.
One of those soothing back to nature recordings of crickets would be icing
on the cake! Alternative to the trickling water would be a recording of
trickling water. A flashlight under a metal colander to make stars on the
ceiling would be good.
I thought of doing an indoor campfire then I thought, why not do the real
thing? I am just waiting to put my garden in two weeks later! Ah the
sacrifices for cub scouts.
P.S. our indoor campfire "device" is awesome. The father used a coarse
material like you might lay down as a black barrier in your garden but it
has a fiber-glassy quality. He is in construction. Because it is black
you don't see the light. The light source is a fluroescent (sp?) bulb
screwed into a porcelain (sp?) base that is screwed to a 3/4 plywood
painted brown with an orange circle in the center. I got the materials at
Sears for about $20.00 The sticks were arranged teepee style. He used
black drywall screws to fasten them together. You can stand 6 feet away
from this and it looks realistic. At the Blue and Gold the little kids
(siblings younger than tiger) stood reverently around it. No one touched
it or messed with it (so atypical of my boys). If anyone needs help with
this I can email a photo or throw one up on a web page. I am so-o-o-o
proud of ours and the Dad I am going to get a brass nameplate on it so
future generations will know who made it.
At 08:56 AM 4/8/98 -0600, you wrote:
>This is a great idea. Boys love campfires. To add realism, don't set up any
>chairs. Have the boys sit on the floor just like a real campfire and ask
>the parents bring lawn chairs or blankets. You need to have something that
>prevents the excited Scouts from scooting up so close that you don't have
>room for your program. I put a few small fireplace logs on the ground
>(floor) that sets a boundary. I do this at real campfires for safety as
>well. Turn the lights down. We turn on a couple of electric lanterns. One
>time I brought a couple bags of marshmallows and let the Scouts pass them
>around. They can't roast them but it was still fun and sets the mood a
>little more. Wear what you would normally wear outside like hiking boots,
>light jacket and shorts. Rub your hands together over the fire to get them
>Campfires are the best. I wish I could be there.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City