Spark a passion for performing by introducing youth to new songs, skits and cheers! Here’s a sample of the content you can find in the Scouts Canada Campfire Book—available at the Scout Shop, where all proceeds go back into Scouting.
Action Song: The Grand Old Duke of York
Tune: A Hunting We Will Go
The grand old Duke of York,
He had ten thousand men,
He marched them up to the top of the hill, (Everyone stands up)
And marched them down again. (Everyone sits down)
And when they were up they were up, (Everyone stands up)
And when they were down they were down, (Everyone sits down)
And when they were only halfway up, (Everyone stands halfway up)
They were neither up nor down. (Everyone stands up and sits down quickly)
Repeat several times, getting faster each time.
Action Song: Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Tune: There is a Tavern in the Town
Head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes, knees and toes,
Head and shoulders, knees and toes,
Eyes, ears, mouth and nose.
1sttime – Sing straight through, touching parts of the body
2ndtime – Leave out “head” and touch it.
3rdtime – Same as second, plus leave out “shoulders” and touch them.
4thtime – Same as third, but leave out “knees” and touch them.
And so on, until the last verse is acted out silently.
Skit: The Room
Cast: 2 youth
Action: One youth, playing a hotel clerk, stands as though behind a desk. Second youth enters as though coming into the hotel lobby and approaches the desk.
Traveller: I’d like a room for the night, please.
Clerk: With a tub or a shower?
Traveller: What’s the difference?
Clerk: Well, you sit in a tub!
Skit: Building a Store
Cast: Two youth, plus volunteers from the audience
Action: The first youth announces to the audience that he or she is going to build a store, but needs volunteers to help. The youth selects volunteers one by one and arranges them as the store, posing some as walls, others doors, one as a cash register and so on. The youth coaches the volunteers to make actions and sounds appropriate to their roles.
After a number of volunteers have helped to put together the store, the youth announces that he or she is ready for a customer. The second youth approaches.
First youth: Welcome to my store! I’m so glad you’re here to be my very first customer!
Second youth looks a little confused.
First youth: Do you know what kind of store it is?
Second youth: I assume it’s a candy store. Just look at all the suckers!
Youth leading the cheer invites everyone to pretend to grasp a with both hands a LARGE slice of watermelon. Everyone eats from left to right and pretends to spit out the seeds from right to left in a spray with a machine-gun noise.
One youth leads the cheer, posing questions to the audience. Several others lead the responses. The audience does its best to join in.
Leading youth: Is it four? …Response: No!
Leading youth: Is it three? …Response: No!
Leading youth: Is it two? …Response: No!
Leading youth: Is it one? …Response: Yes! Won-derful!
The Scouts Canada Campfire Book has many more songs, skits and cheers to offer. It includes some wonderful closings that can be used to conclude a campfire but can also be used as a way to wrap up a fun day at camp, or as a farewell at the end of an outing.