Why have them?
· Fun Fun Fun
· They are part of Scouting tradition
· Taking part can boost the self confidence of the leader and participants
· As a group activity, they promote team spirit
What do I do to start off?
· Decide what your aim is. Is it to get your troop to enjoy singing a few songs, or is it to be able to lead a campfire for a large group?
· For most people, the hardest step to take is the first one into the campfire circle where you are the centre of attention. So ease yourself in by perhaps helping someone else out with their campfire and just leading 1 song. If you find that you enjoy it, then do another.
· Ask someone to come and teach your group a few songs so you can see how its done.
· To help them over any initial embarrassment take your group to a big campfire event so they can see other Beavers/Cubs/Scouts/Venture Scouts enjoying themselves and joining in.
Above all, don't worry about looking silly and have a good time cos if you don't, they won't.
Where do I find my material? (songs/sketches)
· At campfires. Borrow other peoples. Imitation is a form of flattery
· Other leaders
· Books try the Scout shop they usually have some in stock.
· Scouting Magazine
· The Internet
· The Camp Fire Leaders Club
Always keep a look out for new songs so you can introduce a few into each fire while still singing old favourites.
Getting it going
1) Get someone else to build and look after the campfire itself.
2) Write down, in order, a list of the songs
you want to do. Include the items by other
people. Spread them out to give yourself
a break from leading songs.
3) Check the content of their item in advance
so you know whats coming and can edit
4) Gain the audience's attention and establish
your role as LEADER OF THE
CAMPFIRE but be nice about it.
5) Make introductions and welcome visitors.
6) Light the fire dramatically if possibl. Use a
flaming arrow or torches (remember safety)
7) Start them clapping and singing and leaping
around as soon as you can.
8) Make sure that anyone who performs an
item, gets a positive response no matter how
bad they really are
9) Limit the number of songs of the same type.
10) Action songs keep the audience awake.
11) Allow 12 to 14 songs per hour. ( roughly)
12) Be flexible and have a few too many songs
on your list.
13) Don't go on too long.
14) Cheat, and plant singers in the audience to
help it along. Give them a verse each for
songs like The QM stores.
15) Try not to go too mad at the start so that you
lose your voice, pace yourself a bit.
Traditionally the campfire runs like this
Very nice but I like
Build up to peak exitement
Some form of comment or thanks just before
the last song
Then make the last song is as loud and as
mental as possible, with all the energy you
have left thrown into it. Finish on a very big
high so that's what they remember.
Take your pick or do something else that suits
YOU. The main thing is that everyone has a
good time including you.