There is a
certain vocabulary used by National in writing requirements. Some phrases are
obvious; some I find are often misinterpreted. The best advice I can give you is
to look at he wording of each requirement and to look at the intent of the badge
or the requirement. Then decide what your Webelos must do. Remember, you
cannot add or subtract any requirements but your interpretation of what is
required is important.
years ago I had a Mom tell me that singing a song while sitting in the audience
during a Pack Meeting met the requirement singing for the Showman Activity Badge
because all the words said was, “Sing a song alone or with a group.” And this
certainly was group singing. This Mom is a Lawyer. I disagreed and wrote
Scouting Magazine for resolution. The answer involved looking at the intent of
the badge and therefore, they did not feel sitting in the audience was
finish my point, the requirements are written for the boys to do to earn the
ranks, awards, badges, … So when it says tell, show, explain – It is the boy
who has to tell, show or explain the how to tie a knot, stop a cut from
bleeding, what Bernoulli’s Theorem means. Having the leader (or other adult)
tell, show or explain it to the Cub Scout does not meet the requirement.
Sometime after the Cub is instructed on the skill, he should tell, show or
explain it back to the Leader to receive credit. I have seen too many Dens sign
Cubs books (and Merit Badge counselors sign blue cards for Boy Scouts)
immediately after a talk without the Cub (or Boy Scout) ever doing anything that
shows he heard what was the speaker talked about.
PREPARING YOUR SKIT
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another form of communication. They’re usually a dramatized joke or funny
situation with a snappy line or sight gag at the end. Skits help channel a
boy's imagination. He doesn't just play he's a pirate -- he IS a pirate,
sailing the ocean blue under the Jolly Roger. Dramatics are important in the
growth of a boy because it gives him an outlet for the "let's pretend" part of
his character. It gives him a chance for creative expression. Skits help
develop his power of observation and recognize the desirable characteristics in
the people he sees. Skits help develop his coordination and timing, thus
increasing his self-confidence. Skits show the importance of teamwork and
set the mood of the monthly theme. Skits serve as icebreakers and comic relief
during the pack meeting. Skits take the pack meeting out of the hands of adults
and focuses on the boys.
Once in a
while there is a shy boy who would prefer not to take part in skits. A costume
often will help overcome his shyness. He can also handle other important roles
like lighting, scenery or sound effects.
If a boy
is having trouble remembering his lines, write them down on index cards or use
cue cards (poster board size).
Keep It Simple
Simple lines, simple costumes, and
simple props are more effective than elaborate ones done poorly. A sign can do
wonders , it turns a box into a wagon, boat, plane, etc. It can even turn a boy
into a tree or a mountain.
Elements Of A Good Skit
Are short (3 to 5 minutes)
Have simple dialogue ... no long
Can use pantomimes
Let every boy participate
Have liberal usage of stage direction
... who goes where, when and does what
Boys must speak loudly, slowly and
face the audience. If the audience applauds or laughs, Scouts should pause
You can pre-record all the sound
effects, dialogue, music, etc. and play it back on a tape recorder. The
advantage is that they can be heard. A disadvantage is that you can't react to
the audience and if anything goes wrong, you'll have to ad-lib. Lip syncing
takes lots of practice.
Scenery can be made from corrugated
cardboard, sheets or props you have in the house. Use latex or tempera paints to
decorate as needed. Alternatively, you can just explain to the audience
beforehand, "Here is the bedroom..." and so forth. Use the power of suggestion!
helps the audience identify the character and makes them more real.
base can be made with equal parts of liquid cleansing cream and powdered sugar.
This is a simple white base for clown make-up. Add food coloring for monster
make-up (green) or Indian paint (red, yellow and blue).
pencil can be used to darken or change the shape of eyebrows, to line the eyes,
to make freckles, moustaches, sideburns, beards, and wrinkles.
be made with coffee grounds applied over a layer of Vaseline or cold cream.
powder or talcum powder in the hair makes characters look older. Hair usually
begins to gray at the temples first.
A wig can
be made by pulling an old stocking down over your hair and ears. Tie it off and
cut off the excess. Use scotch tape to fasten colored cotton balls all over the
braids can be made by cutting 3 strips of crepe paper into lengths about 3/4"
wide. Twist each strip around the other. Now braid the 3 strips together.
be made by drawing them with lipstick. Blend it in slightly with your finger.
Edge the wound with white liner.
shoulder padding, make small triangular cushions and insert them under the shirt
with the points toward the neck. Cushions are made from scrap cloth stuffed with
rags or foam.
Nose putty is often needed to make
lumps, creepy hands, etc. Mix together 2 teaspoons white vegetable shortening, 5
teaspoons cornstarch, 1 teaspoon white flour, a few drops of glycerin, and food
coloring. For a brown color add 2 teaspoons cocoa.
Help each boy bring his character to
life. Add makeup to age him; use a wig to disguise him; to walk with a limp,
place a small rounded rock in his shoe; to look old, have him walk with his feet
about 8 inches apart.
If you plan to use sound effects in
your skit, it is important to have access to a microphone. Check with the
facility where you are holding your pack meetings. Most rental stores carry
karaoke sound machines. Also, you can pre-record your sounds on an audio
cassette and play them back when needed.
Try some of the following to add sound
to your skit:
Airplane: Heavy paper striking blades of
Auto brakes: Slide a drinking glass across a
pane of glass
Crashes: Drop two pie pans taped together
with metal jar lids inside.
Crickets chirping: Run a fingernail over a
Door slam: Slam two hardback books together
Fire: Crumple and twist cellophane into a
ball and then release it.
Gong: Hit a pan with a metal spoon.
Gurgling stream or boiling liquid: Put a
straw in a cup of water and blow hard.
Hail: Pour rice on an upside down flat cake
Horse hooves: Alternately tap two inverted
cups or bowls on a wood floor or board.
Knock at door: Hit a half-gallon plastic milk
jug on the end with a rubber spatula.
Rain: Fill a soup can 1/3-full of dry peas or
beans. Roll the can slowly on a table.
Rustling in underbrush: Crush broom straw.
Sword fight: Hold an aluminum cookie sheet in one
hand, & hit with a metal spoon.
Telephone ring: Use a bicycle bell.
Thunder: Grasp a metal cookie sheet on one
end, placing your thumb on the underside. Shake the cookie sheet so it vibrates.
Bang it against the knee for an occasional loud thunderclap.
Your Own Skit
your own skits is simpler than it would first appear.
determine what the moral of the skit will be. Then follow this simple outline to
write your skit.
Boy wants something ... friendship, a gold mine, a trophy, to find something
to get it ... by canoe, plane, horseback, foot
stop boy ... crocodile, native hunters, a locked chest
achieves goal ... through an act of kindness, bravery, wisdom, magic, unexpected
help of some kind.
skit to be 7 to 10 minutes long. The boys will shorten the skit when they