The Scouts groups on Prince Edward Island, including those in Summerside and Kensington, occasionally hold formal campfires as part of their camping and outdoor activities. In 2023, Summerside and Kensington groups got together on a beautiful sunny afternoon to celebrate Baden-Powell. These events typically feature a structured program of songs, skits, stories, and other activities that are performed around the campfire. Scouts may rehearse their performances in advance or improvise them on the spot, and the tone is often lighthearted and humorous.
When Scouts have a formal campfire, it typically involves a structured program of songs, skits, stories, and other activities. The exact format may vary depending on the particular scouting organization and the traditions of the camp or troop. Here are some common elements that may be included in a formal campfire program:
1. Opening ceremony: The campfire program may begin with an opening ceremony, which may include a flag ceremony or other ritual to set the tone for the event.
2. Songs and skits: Scouts often perform songs and skits around the campfire, often with a humorous or lighthearted tone. These performances may be rehearsed in advance or improvised on the spot.
3. Stories and legends: Scouts may also share stories and legends around the campfire, often with a moral or lesson to be learned.
4. Awards and recognition: Formal campfires may also be an occasion to recognize achievements and milestones of individual Scouts or the troop as a whole.
5. Closing ceremony: The program may end with a closing ceremony, which may include a moment of reflection or gratitude, or another ritual to mark the end of the event.
Overall, a formal campfire is a time for Scouts to come together, share experiences, and enjoy each other's company in the outdoors. It is often a highlight of the camping experience and a chance to strengthen bonds within the troop.
From more information on how we do our formal campfires, check out PEI Council Resources by clicking the button below.