OPENING CEREMONY |
Personnel: Eight boys dressed in costume
sitting around the campfire. Each should have his name on a sign
hanging around his neck.
Casey Jones: (Stands up looking at his pocket
watch) We need to decide what our American flag will look
Uncle Remos: (Stands) I represent New York and I
think the flag needs to have people on it. (Shows the New York
Yankee Doodle: (Stands) I'm from Pennsylvania and I
want a dandy horse on it.
Black Beard: (Stands) Well I
represent New Hampshire. Those ideas are silly; I think it needs
boats on it. (Shows the New Hampshire flag)
(Stands up, arms folded) I here for Massachusetts. Me want Indian.
(Show Massachusetts Flag)
Jim Bridger: (Stands) I'm here
to represent Utah.
All Others: (Look at him and say) Where
Jim Bridger: Over yonder. (Waves arm to the side)
Anyway, I think we should have an elk on the flag
Sam: (Stands) I've been listening to all of you and your ideas
are great, but I think we need something special for our American
flag. I have an idea. Use these flags for your owns states, and
we'll have the Stars and Stripes for our flag of freedom. The stars
represent each and every state and the stripes will represent the
original thirteen colonies. Now will everyone please rise? (Play
"Stars and Stripes Forever" as color guard presents the
flag) Please join me in the Pledge of Allegiance to our nation's
Cub 1: All of our American Folklore
heroes were hard working people. You won't find a shirker in the
Cub 2: Campfire stories about them tell us
Cub 3: All were Americans trying to improve this young
country of ours.
Cub 4: As we gather here tonight, let us
keep those hard working Americans in our mind.
Cub 5: Do
the same as they did, do more than your share.
Cub 6: Help
your parents whenever they ask and even when they don't.
7: Maybe some day, there will be a legend that tells about your
1st Cub: Can anyone
tell me what folklore is? Let me tell you it is a
"tall-tale". It may be a real person or a character from a
poem, book or story, or someone that
2nd Cub: Betsy Ross, who
made the first flag, Barbara Frietche who defied Stonewall Jackson
in the poem by John Greenleaf Whittier, Baby Doe Tabor who froze to
death on top of the Matchless Mine in Colorado. They were great
3rd Cub: Casey Jones that
famous engineer of old 638 died warning others of the crash. With
one hand on the brakes and the other on the whistle met his
4th Cub: The Pony Express
Riders started a mail system from Missouri to California. They rode
at a gallop for 2,000 miles, changing horses about every ten
5th Cub: In stories or
song we have had fun learning about the American Folklore Heroes. My
favorite one was Davy, Davy Crockett (sings a few bars off
6th Cub: Would everyone
think back to your favorite folklore story or historical character
as we Pledge Allegiance to our flag.
(This would be cute if each cub drew a poster
depicting one of the characters mentioned in his lines and held it
up during the ceremony. #1 and #6 could draw a picture of their
favorite one not done by the other boys. Or they could make hats and
costumes depicting their character.)