How do I get started in Camp Fire Singing / Leading
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.
all, don't worry about looking silly and have a good time.
Where do I find my material (songs, sketches, jokes old and new!)
- At campfires. Borrow other peoples. Imitation is
a form of flattery
- Other leaders
- Books. Try the Scout shop they usually have some in stock.
- The Internet - literally hundreds of song sites are out there (have
a look at the links
page on this site)
- The Camp Fire Leaders Club (see home page for contact details)
- Always keep a look out
for new songs so you can introduce a
few into each fire while still singing old favourites.