THE SPECIAL COLLECTION
Southern NJ Council
I saw variations of this skit in almost every Pow Wow
Book. Some had boys talking about their Dad’s. So use your imagination and
adapt this skit to your group. CD
Cast: Six Cub Scouts, named
Bobby, Bill, Tom, Jim, Danny and Mike and a Den Leader. A Cub Scout could play
the Den Leader, if you wish. This skit is flexible so you can add or subtract
parts to make sure every boy in the den has a part.
Setting: Cub Scouts are discussing their hobbies with their den leader at a
Den Leader All right boys, today I'd like you
to answer roll call with the name of your hobby. Then we'll see if we can learn
the scientific name for that hobby. Bobby, you're first.
Bobby I collect coins. I think that's called
Den Leader Very good, Bobby. Bill, you're
Bill Well, we collect stamps in my
family. And I've heard my dad called a philatelist.
Den Leader That's right, Bill. Now Tom, what's
Tom My brother and I like to hike and
watch birds. That's called an ornithologist.
Den Leader That's right, Tom. Very
interesting. Jim, what do you collect?
Jim My dad and I collect fossils. That's
called a paleontologist.
Danny (Waving his hand) My brother and
I have a garden. We grow things scientifically. We're horticulturists.
Den Leader That's good Danny. And now Mike,
what kind of special hobby do you have?
Mike (Scratching head) Well, I don't
have a special hobby, but I bet you'll never guess what my dad collects! It
doesn't have a fancy name. (Grins a little. Other boys look at each other,
whisper and shrug shoulders.)
Den Leader We give up, Mike. What kind of
collector is your dad?
Mike I knew you'd never guess. He's a BILL
ALL (All clap hands to foreheads and
Baltimore Area Council
Actors pantomime the different types
of collectors as the narrator introduces each one. The narrator may start with
something like this:
NARRATOR: Everyone collects
things. You collect things. I collect things. Let's take a look at some things
The following are
samples of collectors you might pantomime have the boys use their imagination to
come up with others
A mother collects dirt
(mother in housework clothes mops across
A coin collector collects coins
(bank rubber crosses stage with sack of coins
looking around nervously for The Law)
Dogs are among the greatest
collectors. They collect FLEAS (actor
dressed as dog rolls across stage scratching)
Now. teachers, they collect papers, of
course (harried teacher runs across with
reams of paper spilling out on all sides)
(These are some
ideas. You add other ‘-collectors.')
End with: The greatest
collector of them all (An actor staggers across the stage loaded down with
everything from soup to nuts, literally! He can be carrying a washing machine
part and dragging a car fender. Let your imagination go! A big sign on him
reads: "Junk Man.")
How to Make a Paper
Baltimore Area Council
Take a full sheet of newspaper. folded on the
center crease with the folded edge away from you. Take the two upper corners and
fold them so that they meet at exact center, Fold the remaining flaps up, one on
each side. 'Fold and tuck in remaining points. Continue refolding following the
illustrations outlined below for the various stages of the story.
Skit Using Folded Newspaper
there was a little boy who wondered who he would like to be when he grew up. He
thought he might like to be a soldier and put on his hat and began marching up
soon grew tired of this and when a bright red fire truck screamed by, he was
sure he would like to be a fireman, He donned his hat and ran after the truck.
The fire was soon out, and he began to look around for something else to do.
realized he was near the ocean, so :.he put on his pirate's hat and went hunting
for treasure along the shore. The weather was stormy, and he saw a ship being
tossed around off shore, The ship hit a rock, and the bow was ripped oft; Then
it was whipped around, and the stern was demolished. To make things worse, a
bolt of lightening came and knocked off the mast.
boy rubbed his eyes and saw that all that was left was the Captain's shirt.
The Disappearing Banana
Southern NJ Council
Equipment: 4 or more bandannas and 1 very
Personnel: 5 (or more) deadpan assistants and
Tell the audience that a magic trick is going to be performed for their
enjoyment. Before their eyes, the assistants will demonstrate the disappearing
bandanna trick. The assistants have been carefully selected for their ability
to follow instructions exactly for their ability to follow instructions
exactly. (The assistants take their places behind the announcer. Bandannas are
concealed in the hip pocket. The banana is carefully kept behind the one
Announcer: (Straight face at all time) "Remove the bandannas from
your pockets and show them to the audience." (Assistants hold the bandannas in
front of them, showing both sides. The one with the banana shows the banana
Announcer. "Fold the bandanna in half. (Everyone folds their
bandanna one time. The one with the banana begins to look concerned, rolls his
eyes left and right and then looks skyward. With an 'oh, well', attitude, he
breaks the fruit in half.)
Announcer: "Fold the bandanna in half again." (Everyone folds
their bandanna again to a smaller square. The one with the banana expresses
more concern, looks left and right, uses facial expressions to demonstrate an
uncomfortable feeling---remember to keep a straight face. He breaks the banana
Announcer: "Hold the bandanna in your left hand and fold the four
corners in." (Everyone complies. The one with the banana sort of scoops up the
fruit and piles it in the center of the palm of the left hand. Facial
expressions should be indicative of extreme concern that something he is doing
is different from everyone else.)
Announcer: "Make a fist!" (By now, everyone in the audience is
watching the banana. The hands with the folded bandannas are discreetly
exchanged--left for right--and the bandannas are placed in hip pockets. By now,
the banana is oozing from between the fingers, and the audience is usually in
Announcer: "Open your hand, and show that the bandanna has
disappeared. (Of course, it has, and applause is appropriate.)
Making A Cub Scout
Southern NJ Council
This is an excellent opening for the
induction/introduction of new Cub Scouts into a Pack.
Characters: Child, Two Leaders, Two Parents
Props: You will need a large table
for the child to lie on during the “operation.” The “doctor” can carry a large
cardboard knife. Props to be “removed” are tacked to back of table, out of
sight. Those to be “put in” can be placed nearby. (Props are listed where
Narrator: We are about to instruct you in the method of making a Cub Scout.
To complete this project, you will need one small eager boy, two interested
parents, one patient Den Leader, and one courageous Cubmaster.
character enters as his name is spoken. Boy wears uniform under a large
loose-fitting shirt and climbs up on the table. Others don surgical masks. As
the narrator continues, the operation proceeds, with Cubmaster acting as doctor.
Den Leader and parents hand him the things to be put in and take the things
removed. When the boy is hidden under a sheet, he removes his shirt.)
Narrator: Cover him with fun and good times (Hold up posters labeled “FUN”
and “GOOD TIMES” and cover boy)
laughing gas for anesthetic. (Use a tire pump labeled “Laughing Gas.”)
hate and put in Love. (Hate - lump of paper, so labeled. Love - big paper
selfishness, put in cooperation. (Sign “I,” sign “WE).
idle hands, put in busy fingers. (Idle - empty rubber gloves. Busy - glove
full of flour.)
laziness, put in ambition. (Laziness - rag; Ambition - blown up balloon.)
pleasant operation, we have a “CUB SCOUT.” (Remove the sheet. Boy, in
uniform, stands up and gives the Cub Scout sign.)