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The Camp Fire has been prepared in advance. The Scouts are seated around it in a circle.

bulletFire Lighting Ceremony. (Indian.)
bulletCommunity Singing.
bulletSoda Pop Drinking Contest. (1 boy from each tent.)
bulletComic Stunt by Camp Clowns. (There are always a couple of boys who by virtue of their pronounced sense of humor become the camp jokesters.)
bulletStunt by Lion Tent.
bulletStunt by Beaver Tent.
bulletCracker Eating Contest. (1 boy from each tent.)
bulletStunt by Eagle Tent.
bulletStunt by Antelope Tent.
bulletComic Monologue by Camp Leader.
bulletStunt by Alligator Tent.
bulletStunt by Dog Tent.
bulletAwarding of Prize to Winning Tent.
bulletThe Scout Invocation.

This is a STUNT NIGHT PROGRAM.  Each tent is limited to five minutes.  It must move right along in order to keep the interest of the crowd.

Suggested Songs:

bulletHail, hail, the Gang's all here.
bulletOld MacDonald's Farm.
bulletBy the Light of the Moon.
bulletThere was a Father Had Two Sons.
bulletThe Scoutmaster's Prayer.


This is more on the order of a formal program, design to impress the importance of Scout rank upon the Scouts taking part.

bulletLighting of the Fire. (Indian.)
bulletSong "Trail the Eagle."
bulletInvestiture Ceremony of Tenderfoot.
bulletWhat my Tenderfoot Badge has meant to me --five-minute address by a Second Class Scout.
bulletSong: "Follow Up."
bulletAwarding of Second Class Badges.
bulletWhat my Second Class Badge has meant to me --First Class Scout.
bulletSelected Serious Playlet, running about 10 minutes.
bulletAwarding of First Class Badges.
bulletCongratulation of Scouts having attained ranks higher than First Class.
bulletWhat my First Class Badge has meant to me  --an Eagle Scout.
bulletInspirational talk by the Camp Leader.

This program is to be put on one of the last evenings of the session or Camp period.

The Scout speakers should be selected for their ability to put over a message, for their ability to hold the interest of the crowd.

Use boys wherever possible.  It is a well known fact that boys will listen to other boys with interest and patience, where they will become impatient and fret during an address, no matter how excellent, by an adult.


This program can be described as Dramatic Night in Camp.  Prior to the camp fire, stunts or dramatizations have been issued to all the members of the camp.  The program lasts two hours:

(All Acts are introduced by the Camp Fire Leader.)

bulletComical Introductory Remarks by Director.
bullet"The Strongest Man in the World," assisted by several Scouts (or any similar stunt).
bulletSelections by "The Agony Quartet."
bulletComical Boxing Contest between the smallest and tallest boy, the fattest and skinniest boy, etc.  The exhibition ends with a soot boxing match, i. e., boys stripped to waist.  Gloves smeared with lampblack.
bulletSerious Songs by a good boy singer. (Every camp has one--find him through an inter-tent singing con test. )
bulletProfessor Tinpani's Kitchen Orchestra--Tin-pans. Combs, Soup Ladles, etc.
bulletComic Monologue.
bulletCornet or Instrumental Solo.
bulletPresentation of a one-act Play.

This program must move right along to hold the interest.  Every act must be ready to go on without delay.  The announcer should be able to introduce the acts and create the right atmosphere for them.  It is suggested that the camp leadership review the act before the performance


bulletIndian Fire Lighting Ceremony.
bulletSong by the Entire Group.
bulletCracker Eating Contest.
bulletVocal Solo.
bulletAwarding of Camp Honors.
bulletStunt by a Tent Group.
bulletSong by Entire Group.
bulletInstrumental Solo.
bulletSoda Pop Drinking Contest.
bulletComical Stunt by Tent Group.
bulletYell by Entire Group.
bulletPresentation of Dramatic Sketch. 15 minutes.)
bulletSerious Song by the Entire Group.
bulletTalk by Camp Director.
bullet"The Camper's Prayer."


bulletIndian Fire Lighting Ceremony.
bulletSong by Entire Group.
bulletReading of Camp Newspaper or other selection.
bulletStunt by Tent Group.
bullet"What Scout Advancement Stands talk by a Scout of High Rank. '
bulletAwarding Badges Ceremony, with action and a minimum of talk.
bulletSong: "Trail the Eagle."
bulletYell in Honor of Scouts who have received awards.
bulletInstrumental Solo.
bulletComical Stunt by Camp Clowns.
bulletWhistling or Singing Contest.
bulletQuiet Song: "There's a Long Trail."
bulletA Good Ghost Story.
bullet"The Scout Leader's Prayer."

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