Great Sauk Council
Narrator: Our American Heritage is
filled with heroes. Everyone here
has heard of Paul Revere and the story of his heroic ride to warn the
people Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts about the approach of the
British army. His famous ride took
place during the revolutionary war, on April 18, 1775. Paul was able to take his ride because
he was signaled by a sentry, who watched for soldiers from the tower of the
Old North Church in Boston. Paul
and his sentry worked out a simple set of signals: The sentry would light
lanterns, one lantern if the soldiers were approaching by LAND and two
lanterns if they were arriving by SEA.,
Paul, mounted on his horse would be watching for the signal, and
ready to ride and warn the people of Lexington and Concord to be ready for
the soldiers when they arrived.
Have you ever thought what a hard
time Paul and his sentry would have had today? Just think of all the ways those British soldiers could
come! Let's rewrite a little
American history and you can help me and you'll see just how confusing it
would be today. I want you to stomp
the floor with your feet when I say the following words:
Stomp once every time I say the word LAND
Stomp twice when I say SEA
Stomp three times for AIRPLANE
Stomp four times for TRAIN
Stomp five times for SUBMARINE
Stomp six times for ROCKET
Now we are ready to take another
look at history!
In a steeple of the old North Church
in Boston, a sentry looked out over the
SEA. His eyes strained as he
looked across the land. All was
very still. It was late at
night. Next to him was a
lantern. He took a sheet of paper
that a Boston citizen had given him from his pocket. It read a signal with your lantern when
you see the British army approaching.
The signals are: 1 if by Land,
2 if by Sea, 3 if by Airplane, 4 if by Train, 5 if by Submarine, 6 if by Rocket.
After reading it, the sentry began to put it in his pocket. Just then a gust of wind blew the paper
out of his hand. Out across the Land and into the Sea it went. The sentry thought, "I'm sure I can
remember it". Just then he saw
a Submarine surface a short
distance from the Land. He grabbed his lantern to wave it 4
times. "Oh No!" he
thought. "4 times for Rocket, or its it for Land? No, it's 1 for Land,
so it must be 2 for Submarine,
no, 2 is for Airplane. It must be 3. As he started to raise his lantern, he remembered that 2 was
for Sea, not airplane. Oh dear, what is a Submarine? Let's see, Submarine comes after TRAIN but what's ROCKET? Oh, now I remember, ROCKET
is 6 and TRAIN is 4 so SUBMARINE must by 5.
While the sentry was trying to remember his signals, the British SUBMARINE had loaded it passengers
onto launches and hundreds of British soldiers were now on LAND. "Oh my," though the sentry," they are not in a
SUBMARINE anymore they are on LAND. I'll have to signal that.
But he couldn't remember what the signal was for LAND. He desperately tried to remember. I remember ROCKET and
TRAIN. That leaves SEA, AIRPLANE and LAND. Oh now which is
it? He sat there hopelessly
confused. He just couldn't remember
any signals. He couldn't unscramble
ROCKET, AIRPLAINE, LAND, SUBMARINE, SEA and TRAIN. The British marched onto Lexington and
Concord and since all the people were sound asleep the soldiers had no
trouble in capturing them.
The only person they met was a man sitting on a horse. Who he was or why he was there, no one
seemed to know.
Heart of America Council
Divide the audience into 4 groups. Assign a part to each group and let them practice. Narrator reads story, and groups respond
to appropriate words.
Father: Stand up
and say "When I was your age, son"
Car: Stand up and say "Chuga, chuga, chuga
Farmer: Stand up and put hands
in suspenders and say "Where's my horse?"
Turkey: Stand up and say "Gobble,
Once upon a time, just before
Thanksgiving, a father, a
mother, and a Cub Scout climbed into the family car and drove into the country. They were looking for a farmer
with a turkey. They all got out of the car and the father purchased the turkey
from the farmer. "Now, if you will remove the turkey's head, we will get into the
car and drive home, " said
the father to the farmer.
As the father, the mother and
the Cub Scout were riding home in the car
an amazing thing happened! The turkey although its head had been
removed by the farmer began to
speak! "Please don't eat me
for Thanksgiving," the turkey
pleaded. "I will make a fine
pet for you." He told the Cub
Scout. The father ___, the mother and the Cub Scout talked about this astounding
request as they rode in the car.
And so it happened that the turkey
joined the father , the mother
and the Cub Scout in their Thanksgiving dinner of hamburgers and French
The turkey became a very good
pet as it did not chase cars ,
cats, or fire hydrants. The father enrolled the turkey in college, as everyone
knows, with a good education, it's much easier to get a head.