October Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
Volume 10, Issue 3
Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock
Webelos Craftsman & Scientist
Tiger Cub Achivement #3
Landing Of The Pilgrims
By The Indians)
Narrator, Bear Paw, Hungry Wolf, Eagle Eye (all dressed in Indian costumes)
SETTING: A bluff
overlooking Plymouth Harbor. Backdrop shows a snow-covered forest. Narrator
stands to one side. Other 3 Indians are lying on a rock, watching the Pilgrims
21, 1620 - A small wooden boat, the Mayflower, carrying Pilgrims sails into a
small harbor. Everyone has heard of how the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock
on Cape Cod. But have you ever wondered what the Indians thought and felt when
they looked out over the sea and saw strangers coming to their land? Perhaps
the scene went something like this:
BEAR PAW: Look how
the big water sparkles - wide and blue and empty.
HUNGRY WOLF: I
wish a sea bird would come. I'd like to shoot it. I'm hungry.
BEAR PAIL: You are
EAGLE EYE: I see
something. It's a sea bird. It has wings – four, no, five wings, with a giant
canoe beneath it.
HUNGRY WOLF: A
canoe big enough for our whole tribe.
EAGLE EYE: It's
slowing down. Now it's going to stop beside the big rock on the beach. Strange
people are stepping out of the canoe with wings.
HUNGRY WOLF: The
braves have hair on their chins like goats.
EAGLE EYE: Look at
the chief. He wears a silver shell on his front and back like a beetle. (They
HUNGRY WOLF: They
are strange all right. Look at that one. See the deer running from him? He is
chasing the deer with a stick. Foolish paleface, don't you know you can't
capture a deer with a stick? (They all laugh ... then stop abruptly, shocked
by the sound of a shot)
BEAR PAW: Did you
see that? The stick made a boom and smoke came from the end.
(Shocked) The deer lies dead at the feet of the hunter.
amazed) Big medicine.
HUNGRY WOLF: Even
a bow and arrow cannot do such marvelous things. I wish I had a thunder stick
BEAR PAW: So do I.
Let's go down and trade our bows and arrows for their thunder sticks.
(All rise, and exit)
Vs. Jerky Skit
Cast: Two pilgrims
- John and Miles, Three Indians - Winkum, Blinkum and Nod. Boy in turkey
costume, (Pilgrims could wear hats, Indians - headbands)
Cardboard backdrops of rocks and trees, etc. with real or artificial
greenery. Tree branches could be used. Enter Pilgrims, one with musket, other
with game bag. (Puppets could be used)
(As these lines all
have rhymes – there is a need to pre-read to practice rhyme scheme.)
John: Good friend,
Miles, it seems a shame. All this forest and no game.
Miles: But John,
my friend, we can't go back, until we've something in our sack.
John: Tis true,
friend Miles, it would seem rude. We can't go ‘til we find food.
Miles: Look you
there, John, if you'd rather me thinks I see a turkey feather.
John: Yeah, I see
it too. In a minute it's turkey stew. (He aims a musket and prepares to
fire. Behind a bush there is a commotion. Three Indians pop up, waving hands
for him not to shoot.)
Nod: Spare our
lives for we are meek and we will find you what you seek.
John: Oh my, and
just what's this I see
Nod: (points to
each as he gives their names) That's Winkum, Blinkum, and Nod I be.
John: Have no fear
we will not fire you see, its food that we desire.
find-um food we can't be beat. Pale face like to have 'em meat.
Miles: O yes, but
where? Your forest lacks. Why, we can't even find the tracks.
Winkum: You not
look in proper space. Only Indians find-um place.
John: I'm sure we
would feel rather perky, if only we could find a turkey.
Blinkum: We no eat
turkey for a feast, he tough old bird to say the least.
Miles: Not eat
turkey? Why how strange. What do you eat to make the change?
feast instead of turkey, for all people is Beef Jerky. So come with us. We
fillum sack with lots of jerky to take back. (Pilgrims shrug shoulders, exits)
looking smug) Our feathered mom, she raised no fools. She sent us all to
turkey school. Yes, you’re right, I’m felling perky. I got them all to eat
The Liberty Bell Speaks
be either a skit or
opening or closing ceremony.
Leader: Speak out, oh bell called Liberty
The times you rang in freedom’s name,
So all of us may know
Beginnings long ago.
Group: When I was young, I rang a lot!
#1: I clanged alarms when England
tried to force her taxes on us. I thundered of tyranny upon us
#2: I roared with rage when
Parliament forbade our people making iron and steel, my lungs were breaking.
#3: I grieved for Boston when its
port was closed to trade and shipping. My faith was far from slipping.
#4: With all my strength and all my
heart, I called for folks’ attendance to hear the declaring of Independence.
#5: And then I fell on silent days,
when I was put in hiding, with British law presiding.
#6: But I was back to shout about
Cornwallis’ surrender. I rang for freedom’s splendor.
#7: For years I rang for this and
that—the Constitution signed at last, but then I cracked…
Group: Your silent tongue could never speak
again, and yet your voice is loud and clear in all the minds of men!
Leader “Proclaim liberty throughout all the
land and unto all inhabitants thereof.”*
*These last words are inscribed on the Liberty Bell
Four Cubs dressed up like turkeys waiting for the “Best Turkey Contest” (Maybe
you should have a poster saying “Best Turkey Contest Tonight.” One turkey is
really strutting his stuff. Feathers can be made from construction paper and
brown type clothes worn. The one turkey who is strutting his stuff, really
wants to win. He preens, even leaves for a minute coming back with additional
stuffing sticking out. Comments are made about this turkey by the others.
The contest begins and the strutting turkey wins only to find out that the
winner gets to be Thanksgiving Dinner. The turkey starts to run and the judge
chases after him telling the audience how he loves a happy winner.
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