Sam Houston Area Council
While completing this activity badge, the Webelos learns
about entertainment. He must choose
among three alternative forms of entertainment skills, puppetry, music or drama.
A fun puppet to make is a wooden spoon marionette. The bowl
of the spoon is the head. Arms and
legs are made from small dowel and are attached by using small eye screws and
small eye hooks. Costumes can be
sewn with the help of Mom or another adult, or can be glued together with craft
glue. Hair is made from yarn or
carpet. Eyes can be found in the
craft store and glued on or can be drawn. Controlling the marionette is done
with a "plus" shaped frame. Strings
of transparent fishing line are run from the frame to the arms and legs.
One line is run from the center of the frame to the top of the spoon to
hold it upright. The rest is up to
the Webelos. The den can make up a
play and have fun presenting it at a pack meeting.
If your Webelos went through Wolf and Bear, he had an
opportunity to make and use musical instruments of has own.
In Webelos he is challenged at a higher level. Working
music into your den program will depend on the capabilities and interests of
your boys. Some will be able to
play on an instrument already. Others
may wish to sing. You can also
introduce them to a lot of different types of music.
If they have in interest in rock or country and western music, they may
not have heard classical, jazz, or blues. How
do they get exposure?
Musical recitals are held at all of the colleges.
Music students must perform as part of their studies and these recitals
are interesting because they "showcase" individual instruments and
voices in ways that the boys may not be familiar with.
Call the Music Department at any of the colleges for information. Make
sure the boys are on their best behavior when they go, it is just common
Have each boy contact a radio station and ask for the
program manager. Have them ask the
program manager the following questions:
What type of music does your station play?
Why does it play that kind?
Who decides what music is played?
Have the boy report back to the den and then listen to that
station for a little while to see what the music is like.
City Parks and Recreation sponsor free concerts in the city
parks. All types of music are
performed. Contact Parks and Recreation for a schedule.
Record collections are fun to start. Some boys may already
have a collection. Some boys may be collecting tapes and CDs as well so they
will meet the requirement 5 in this way.
American Composers - Other than in the Webelos Book
George M. Cohan
Norman Dello Joio
John Phillip Sousa
Have your boys do a brief report on one of these people, or
any of the composers of their own favorite music. Have them bring music by the composer to play after they tell
about the person.
Folk music is found all around us. Most of the songs that
we do in Cub Scouting use a tune that comes from folk music. The Cub Scout
Songbook contains lots of folk tunes for the boys to use.
If you are not sure what a "staff" is and how
"sharps and flats" are used, why not see if there is a piano teacher
or some other music teacher that is a parent in your pack. Ask them to come to a
den meeting and to help explain "music" to the boys. A guest can be a
welcome relief to you and to your boys.
Most boys have plastic bottles and jugs around the house.
Milk, bleach, laundry detergent and lots of other things come in plastic.
Have the boys gather together as many different types of plastic containers as
they can, preferably enough for each boy to have four. Now for the fun.
Turn each container upside down and it it with a wooden spoon.
What does it sound like? Put the high ones in one pile, the low ones in
another and the middle tones in another. Have the boys each select one high, one
low and two middles. Using strapping or duct tape, tape them together to form your
own version of a "steel drum" like those used in the Caribbean.
Mark the tone on the bottom so you and they know which is high, low and
medium. Of course, the bottoms will
be up and the tops will be down.
Place a string around them so that they can hang from the
boys necks at the right playing level and "let'er rip."
With practice, the boys could make some neat sounds with their
The Cub Scouting literature has poems and stories that can
be used for monologues, but the public library has a lot more material.
Ask your librarian for directions to the literature and theater sections
of the library. The youth or juvenile section of the library also has
material that is more suited to the age of the Webelos Scout.
Unless you have lots of time and some really talented boys,
putting together a full scale one act play can be overwhelming.
A good skit is really a play in one act and can be more readily handled
by 9 and I0 year old boys. The Cub
Scout How to Book contains some good ideas on how to write your own skit or one
act play. Let the boys be creative.
They can make the play up about anything they are interested in, sports,
scouting, a silly moment in the den meeting, etc. Making costumes and putting on "stage makeup" makes
the task more fun and enjoyable.
If you want to have some fun in the pack for Halloween and
the Cubmaster can spare the time, The Cremation of Sam Magee is a great project.
The poem can be found in Creative Campfires or in a book of poetry by
Robert Service, the author. Two
dens may wish to plan and produce this "bone chiller" of a story.
You may want adults to read the parts and let the boys act them out.
It's great! Attending plays
in your area, especially for a Webelos den, can be a little difficult.
The boys may tend to get bored and the cost is sometimes very high.
Some ideas for you to consider include:
Contact the little theatre groups in your area to see if
they have up coming plays. They
always do "run throughs" to see if the cast knows their lines and may
allow you to sit in for a while.
Check with the speech and drama department at the local
high school to see if they can offer you a similar opportunity as listed above.
The University Interscholastic League and other
organizations hold competitions in speech and drama throughout the school year.
Contact your local high school to see when and where the next competition
is being held. You may be able to take your boys where they can see one-act
plays, monologues and other speeches and poems being performed. These
"meets" are great because all forms of drama are found in one
location, at the same time.
If your boys want to know the difference between opera and
light opera, get a copy of any Wagnerian opera from the library and a copy of a
Gilbert and Sullivan opera (Pirates of Penzance is fun, especially the Modern
Major General song). Play sections
of each. This comparison is worth
millions, not thousands, of words.
For a dramatic play and musical play difference you can
watch the public television schedule as well as the schedule for the Arts and
Entertainment network, if you have cable.
Frequently both types of plays appear and you can video tape them
for playback for the boys.
William Shakespeare is one of the most written about
authors. His poetry and plays are
still popular today. You can find
information on Shakespeare at any library.
Illustrations and drawings of the Globe Theater are in most books about
him. The boys can use these
drawings to create their drawing of the Globe.
Theater in the round is a challenge for any actor or performer.
You must share your time with all of the audience so they must
continually turn around to face different parts of the audience without the
audience noticing it. Have the boys
practice reading a story while the rest of the den is seated around them.
Have the reader practice moving around so that all of the boys get a
chance to see his face. It's easier
said than done.