This article is sixth in a series of program updates from the 411 Task Force. These include:
January—Program Support for Den Leaders
March—Program Planning for Dens
April—New Pack Meeting Plans
July—Resources for Packs and Den Leaders
These subjects should also be presented at your local Cub Scout Roundtables each month.
But first, let’s establish that for this presentation, a “Campfire” does not have to include a fire and it doesn’t even have to be dark! It’s just a gathering of Cubs, their leaders, family members, or whomever your group might be, gathered for some fun and fellowship.
The campfire program should focus on the Scouts – not the adults. A good campfire program would involve an:
- Opportunity to get together to share fellowship.
- Opportunity for Scouts to practice public speaking skills.
- Opportunity for Scouts to showcase performance skills and to learn new ones.
- Opportunity to encourage creativity in our Scouts.
- Opportunity for Scouts to show leadership.
- Opportunity for ALL to participate.
Successful campfire programs include:
Songs – all kinds of songs!
Stunts – audience participation, hand clapping, flashlight stunt
Stories – don’t skip this part—it gets easier every time you do it!
Showmanship – an exciting fire lighting to get things started and everyone in the mood—plus “Follow the Flames”!
“Follow the Flames” – campfires for Cubs should be about 45 – 60 minutes long, usually won’t have to add any more wood. When the flames are high, the fire is bright, have high energy action parts like loud, noisy, songs with actions. Then as the fire burns down, the mood should come down with quieter songs, more reflective moments, and maybe a story to quiet the group down. When you’re down to the coals, it’s time for a quiet story, a final slow song, and a Cubmaster Minute.
PLANNING is the Key!
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Keep to Standards
Make sure to screen all the material beforehand to make sure each activity is in keeping with the Scout Oath and Law. Tell the boys the standards ahead of time so they know the rules. Be sure to stop anything that is inappropriate immediately—you can do this by using the Cub Scout sign.
The standards are:
- NO Embarrassing an audience member
- NO Racial or cultural put-downs
- NO Violent behavior
- NO Bathroom humor
- NO Water skits
- NO Sexual overtones
- NO Material that is not consistent with BSA Standards and the Scout Oath and Law
Adventure Program Tie-Ins
Tigers in the Wild: Requirement 5 – Participate in an outdoor pack meeting or pack campout campfire. Sing a song and act out a skit with your Tiger den as part of the program.
Call of the Wild: Requirement 6 – On the campout, participate with your family or den in a campfire show. Prepare a skit or song, and then present it at the campfire for everyone else.
Howling at the Moon: Requirement 3 – Work together with your den to plan, prepare, and rehearse a campfire program to present to your families at a den meeting. Requirement 4 -Practice and perform your role for a pack campfire program.
Bear Necessities: Requirement 2 – Attend a campfire show, and participate by performing a song or skit with your den.
Roaring Laughter: Requirement 6 – Practice at least two run-ons with your den, and perform them at a pack meeting or campfire program.
Arrow of Light:
Camper: Requirement 4 – On a pack campout, work with your den leader or another adult to plan a campfire program with the other dens. Your campfire program should include an impressive opening, songs, skits, a Cubmaster’s minute, and an inspirational closing ceremony.
Other New Updates:
- New youth handbooks and den leader guides available now in Scout shops and as e-books!
- Position-Specific In-Person Training Guides available now!
- Updated Cub Scout Position-Specific Training on E-Learning (by June 30)
Next month, be sure to come back for our Cub Scout 411 Roundtable on resources for Packs and Den Leaders. For ongoing updates, visit http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/programupdates.aspx for regular program updates and links to program materials and training opportunities.
Author: 411 Task Force | Boy Scouts of America