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Ceremonies Around the Camp Fire

Some Do's and Don'ts

bulletPlan your program so that it is flexible.
bulletNever wait for a stunt to get ready.  If the Scouts are unprepared when called upon, skip them and return to them later on. There should be no delays between acts.
bulletEndeavor to have as many Scouts take part in the program as possible.  When the evening is over every Scout around the Camp Fire should have taken part in some capacity or other.
bulletPrepare and plan carefully for each program.  Make your stunt [skit] assignments in sufficient time to permit the group which is to put it on to rehearse it carefully.
bulletRemember--An interested group is a well disciplined group.
bulletDo not be afraid to switch your program if you find it fails to go over.
bulletIt is inadvisable to permit a stunt to go on without first having previewed it.   Young boys, and old ones for that matter, too often lack the ability to recognize the fine Iine which cannot be passed without causing offense.
bulletDo not permit "razzing;" it can only cause bad feelings and is poor sportsmanship. Drag the chronic 'razzer" out of the circle and make him do it better than the "razzee."
bulletAvoid adult speakers.  Your program is by the boys.  If you must have speeches impress upon the speakers the necessity of being brief.
bulletBlend the program.  Do not go from an hilariously funny stunt into profoundly serious event.  Boys lack the ability to adjust themselves so quickly.  Have your comic event, follow it by an instrumental solo, then go into your serious number.
bulletWatch your time!  It is better to have a brief program which keeps every fellow on his toes than a long winded one which makes it necessary to blow reveille over the sleeping boys in order to send them to their tents.
bulletWatch your fire hazards!! 

Program Values

The value of the Camp Fire Program may be measured as a general rule in the following ways:

bulletThe degree in which the program is planned and carried out by the boys.
bulletThe degree in which it is organized around the cabin or tent groups.
bulletThe amount of variety in the program.
bulletThe degree in which it is a purposeful experience, with educational and character values, rather than "just another way to spend an evening."

The materials suggest dividing the program into

bulletEducational and character events

These Detroit Scouts at Camp Brady must have come "prepared" for anything that might happen-which is one secret of successful Camp Fire programs.

Campfire Helps






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