from the Istrouma Area Council 1995 Pow Wow Book
John Carminati, ASM-Venture, Troop 85, Roundtable Commissioner.
The audience participation
stories in this file have also been placed in the Audience
Participation Stories page.
Skits are 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 boys because it gives them an outlet for
the "let's pretend" part of their character. I 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 while gaining self confidence. Skits show
the importance of teamwork and cooperation.
Skits also set the mood
of the monthly theme. Skits serve as ice breakers 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 changes 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.
1. are short (3 to 5 minutes).
2. have simple dialog... no long memorized lines.
3. Use pantomimes.
4. Let every boy participate.
5. Have liberal usage of stage direction... who goes where, when and does
Pow Wow Books
Cub Scout Leaders How-To Book
Den Chief's Handbook
Childrens magazines like "Highlights" and "Jack and Jill".
They must be heard...
Boys must speak slowly and face the audience. If the audience applauds
or laughs, scouts should pause before continuing their lines.
You could pre-record all
the sound effects, dialog, 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.
Make-up... Make-up helps
the audience identify the character and makes them more real.
Make-up base can be made
with equal parts of liquid cleansing cream and powdered sugar. This makes
a simple white base for clown make-up. Add food coloring for monster make-up
(green) or Indian war paint (red, yellow and blue).
An eyebrow pencil can
be used to darken or change the shape of eyebrows, to line the eyes, to
make freckles, moustaches, sideburns, beards, and wrinkles.
Beards can be made with
coffee grounds applied over a layer of Vaseline or cold cream.
Cornstarch powder in the
hair makes characters look older. Hair usually begins to gray at the temples
first. You can also use talcum powder.
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 stocking.
Indian 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.
Wounds can be made by
drawing them with lipstick. Blend it in slightly with your finger. Edge
the wound with white liner.
For shoulder padding,
make small triangular cushions and tie them with point towards your neck.
Cushions are made from scrap cloth stuffed with rags. Sew long tapers
to cushions and cross them over body.
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.
Scenery for skits... Scenery
should be made from corrugated cardboard. Use latex or tempera paints
to decorate as needed. Do not paint on over printing on the box. It will
Alternatively, you can
just explain to the audience beforehand, "Here is the bedroom..." and
so forth, or "This is the Mississippi River...". Use the power of suggestion!
Acting the part... Too
look old, walk with your feet about 30 cm apart. Too walk with a limp,
place a ball of paper in your shoe.
FX... 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 (do I see a
den meeting idea here?).
Airplane: Heavy paper
striking blades of electric fan.
Auto brakes: Slide a drinking
glass across a pane of glass.
Boat whistle: A wooden
or plastic spool, a 3/4" strip of balloon and a rubber band. Fasten the
balloon over the hole in one end of the spool. Wrap rubber band around
spool over the ends of the balloon and pull the balloon tight. Blow into
open end of spool.
Crashes: (a) Fill a wooden
box with broken glass and a few stones, then nail it shut. Tip the end
of the box to create various kinds of crash sounds. (b) Drop two pie pans
taped together with mason jar lids inside.
Creaking door or animal
roar: Use a coffee can. Tie a string in the center of a pencil and rub
string with violin resin. Punch a hole in the container, place the pencil
inside and pull the string out through the hoe. Drag fingernails along
the string to produce noise.
Crickets chirping: Run
a fingernail over a fine-tooth comb.
Door slam: Slam two hardback
Fire: Crumple and twist
cellophane into a ball and then release it.
Gong: Hit a pan with a
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 pan.
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.
Lightning: 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
Pistol shot: (a) A rubber
band is stretched around the center of a small foil pie pan. Pull out
the band from bottom of pan and release. (b) Snap a yardstick or thin
board on a hard surface.
Puppy dog: Blow up a balloon.
With first 2 fingers of both hands stretch neck of balloon, slowly releasing
Rain: Fill a soup can
1/3-full of dry peas or beans. Roll the can slowly on a table.
Running water: A wooden
box 1 foot x 2 foot x 2 inches is fitted with tin on bottom and ends.
Finishing nails are driven into the bottom and ends in a 1 inch diamond
pattern. Place a small amount of BB's into box. Tilt to make noise.
Rustling in underbrush:
Crush broom straw.
Sword fight: Holding an
aluminum cookie sheet in one hand, hit it with a metal spoon.
Telephone ring: Use a
Writing my own skits...
Writing your own skits is simpler than it would first appear. To write
a skit, first determine what the moral of the skit will be. Then follow
this simple outline to write your skit.
1. Boy wants something...
friendship, a gold mine, a trophy, to find a lost planet, etc.
2. Boy went to get it... by canoe, plane, horseback, foot, etc.
3. Obstacles stop boy... crocodile, native hunters, a locked chest, etc.
4. Boy achieves goal... through an act of kindness, bravery, wisdom, magic,
unexpected help of some kind, etc.
Write your skit to be
7 to 10 minutes long. The boys will shorten the skit when they present
is the expression of a thought, emotion or action without the use of words.
Words may be supplied by a narrator or pre-recorded. Movements are often
Cub #1: (to Den Leader)
I did a bad turn.
Den Leader: Now, (Cubs
Name), you know you should always do Good Turns.
Cub #1: I tried. Honest.
Den Leader: OK.
(Each Cub enters and says
similar things to the Den Leader)
Last Cub: (carrying a
small fry pan with a "pancake" in it) I did a good turn. Watch. (flips
pancake over and catches it in pan) But, you should see the mess in the
kitchen! (other Cubs look ashamed)
Narrator: It's a foggy
night in London. The year is 1910. An American businessman is lost in
Businessman: (Mr. William
Boyce dressed in top coat, carrying brief case and umbrella. He wonders
around the stage looking for a house number.) I don't think I can find
my way tonight.
(A Scout comes on stage.)
Scout: May I help you
Businessman: I am looking
for this address. Can you tell me how to find it?
Scout: I sure can. I'll
take you there.
(They walk to a certain
spot on stage.)
Scout: Here you are, Sir!
Businessman: Thank you,
and here you are (gives him some money) for helping me.
Scout: Thank you, but
I can't accept anything. I am a Scout and this is my Good Turn for the
Narrator: Mr. Boyce was
so impressed with this action that he looked up the Scouting movement
in England. He brought back to America a suitcase full of pamphlets. He
incorporated the Boy Scouts of America on February 8, 1910.
The Boy Scouts of America
grew by leaps and bounds. A Federal Charter was granted to it by Congress
in 1916, an honor given to few organizations.
Today it is a world brotherhood
bound together by common ideals and a common oath or promise.
The mind reader sits behind
a table with a number of slips of paper before him. One at a time he names
a famous person and his or her good turn. He writes the name of the person
on a slip of paper, folds it in half, and places the slip in a clear glass.
He then asks someone to come up and take a slip of paper out of the glass,
look at it, but do not tell him the name written upon it. The mind reader
then pours water into the glass and stirs until they are thoroughly saturated.
He then pours off the water into another glass and throws the paper away
into a waste basket. After examining the water in the glass, he announces
the name of the slip drawn. Solution: Write the name of the first person
named onto every slip of paper.
Characters: Bob, 12 Cub
Scout friends (if den has less than 12 boys, have them repeat their entrance
Props: Items called for
in skit on a table (use your imagination to create wilder items)
Setting: Bob is standing
by table with props. As each boy enters, he hands him the appropriate
Cub #1: On the first day
of Christmas my good friend gave to me -- a knob to adjust my TV. Thanks
Bob: You're welcome!
(Each cub takes items
and exits. Then next cub enters from opposite side of stage)
Cub #2: On the second
day of Christmas my good friend gave to me -- two napkins. Thanks Bob.
Bob: You bet!
Cub #3: On the third day
of Christmas my good friend gave to me -- three french fries. Thanks Bob!
Bob: No problem!
Cub #4: On the fourth
day of Christmas my good friend gave to me -- four comic books. Thanks
Bob: Glad to do it!
Cub #5: On the fifth day
of Christmas my good friend gave to me -- five rusty nails. Thanks Bob!
Bob: Don't mention it!
Cub #6: On the sixth day
of Christmas my good friend gave to me -- six greasy rags. Thanks Bob!
Cub #7: On the seventh
day of Christmas my good friend gave to me -- seven soggy sweatshirts.
Bob: Yeah, you're right!
Cub #8: On the eighth
day of Christmas my good friend gave to me -- eight mugs for milk shakes.
Bob: Give me five! (does
high five with Cub #8)
Cub #9: On the ninth day
of Christmas my good friend gave to me -- nine dirty dustpans. Thanks
Bob: Cool dude!
Cub #10: On the tenth
day of Christmas my good friend gave to me -- ten leaping lizards. Thanks
Bob: Check you later!
Cub #11: On the eleventh
day of Christmas my good friend gave to me -- eleven pies for pitching.
Thanks Bob! ( A pie plate full of whipped cream can actually be thrown
at Bob here - if you like!)
Bob: (wiping off cream)
That's what friends are for!
Cub #12: On the twelfth
day of Christmas my good friend gave to me -- twelve dump trucks dumping.
Bob: Bye, pal! (last cub
exits, table is cleared of all props) Now, let's see. That was (singing)
twelve dump trucks dumping, eleven pies for pitching, ten leaping lizards,
nine dirty dustpans, eight mugs for milk shakes, seven soggy sweatshirts,
six greasy rags, FIVE RUSTY NAILS, four comic books, three french fries,
two napkins and a knob to adjust my TV. (looks at audience and wipes brow)
Whew! I finally did it. I finally got my closet cleaned out!
Dad, Mom, Cub Scout
Narrator: As our plan
begins, Dad is looking for his hammer...
Dad: Has anyone seen my
Mom: No dear, did you
look in your toolbox?
Dad: It's not there. No
one ever puts anything back where it belongs around here.
Cub Scout: Look, Dad.
I found it. It's over here behind the door where you used it to fix the
loose door hinges.
Dad: Now, where is my
Mom: It should be on your
Dad: Well, it's not there.
No one ever puts my tools away.
Cub Scout: Dad, don't
you remember? You left it out by the garage when you were sawing those
boards to build my clubhouse.
Dad: Good grief! Now where
is my file?
Cub Scout: Oh, that's
out in the yard where you used it to sharpen the lawn mower blade.
Dad: I can't find my screwdriver
now, and I just had it! Did you use it, son?
Cub Scout: Yes, Dad. And
here it is in the toolbox - right where I put it when I finished with
Dad: Oh! I never thought
of looking for it there!
Characters: Each Scout
holds a cardboard figure in front of him starting with a square block
of wood. Boy 2 is roughed out pinewood derby racer. Boy 3 is a racer with
a little paint. Boy 4 and 5 are the finished cars.
Setting: Each boy walks
on to the stage to read his part. The last scout runs onto the stage shouting
Boy 1: I'm only a simple
block of wood,
Cut from a tree so tall.
Unlike the tree that thundered down,
No noise would I make should I fall.
Boy 2: But in the hands
of a wide eyed boy,
Armed with a knife and a saw.
There are many shapes that I can take,
Some wide, some short, some tall.
Boy 3: A little paint,
a line or two,
Nothing fancy, but not too plain.
No two alike, made with loving hands,
We are all of the tree that remains.
Boy 4: Like each little
Starting with form.
Like a block of wood cut from a tree,
The loving hands of leaders like you,
Help us each to be what we shall be.
Boy 5: And I'm gonna be
Pack - We're number one
Parents - I'll help, I'll help
Bobcat - Meow, meow
Wolf - (your best wolf howl)
Bear - Grrrr, grrrrrr!
Webelos - To the top!
Once upon a time there
was a pretty good PACK who did a lot of things and had a lot of fun. The
PACK has a few new BOBCATS who had just joined the PACK. There were also
a few WOLF Cub Scouts, who were eight years old. Most of the Cub Scouts
in the PACK were BEARS, who were 9 years old and some of these BEARS were
almost 10 years old.
After a Cub has been a
BOBCAT, WOLF, or BEAR, and has turned 10 years old, he becomes a WEBELOS.
WEBELOS means, "We'll be loyal Scouts". The WEBELOS program differs from
the BOBCAT, WOLF, and BEAR because WEBELOS prepares the WEBELOS Scout
to be a Boy Scout. The WEBELOS uniform is different too.
The WOLF and BEAR Cub
Scouts work on achievements and electives for gold and silver arrows with
their PARENTS. The WEBELOS work toward activity pins. These awards are
presented at the PACK meeting for all the PARENTS to see.
The PACK was going along
real well until summer came and a few PARENTS moved. The PACK is now in
great need for PARENTS of the BOBCAT, WOLVES, BEARS, and WEBELOS to help
The PACK needs the help
from the PARENTS so the PACK can grow and continue to provide lots of
fun for the BOBCATS, WOLF and BEAR Cub Scouts and the WEBELOS Scouts too!
The PACK can't do a good job with only a few PARENTS doing everything,
so PARENTS help your BOBCAT, WOLF and BEAR Cub Scouts and your WEBELOS
Scouts get a better program of fun and adventure in our PACK. PARENTS
help us now. What do you say PARENTS?
Characters: Some Cubs
dressed as parents and seated at a table decorated as for a Blue & Gold
banquet. One Cub Scout dressed as a Cub waiter -- with an apron and a
towel over his arm.
Narrator: It is the annual
Blue & Gold banquet at Pack 999. Every year, the Cub Scouts at Pack 999
serve as waiters and cooked for their parents. The boys try very hard
to do a good job, but every year a few little things seem to go wrong.
Let's see what is happening this year....
Parent #1: Excuse me,
Johnny. Is this coffee or tea? It tasted like kerosene.
Cub waiter: Then it's
coffee. The tea tastes like gasoline.
Parent #2: I hope you'll
hurry and bring my food. I'm so hungry I could eat a horse.
Cub waiter: Then you've
come to the right place!
Parent #3: Why do you
have your fingers on top of my food?
Cub waiter: (serving plate
with his hand all over it) So it won't fall on the floor again.
Parent #4: Why are you
stomping on my steak?
Cub waiter: (stomping
something on floor) Because when you told me to bring you your food, you
said to "step on it."
Parent #5: I'm afraid
there's a fly in my soup.
Cub waiter: Don't worry.
There's no extra charge.
Parent #5: There really
is a fly in my soup.
Cub waiter: What did you
expect at a Blue and Gold banquet -- a humming bird?
Narrator: Ah, yes. Another
Blue and Gold banquet at Pack 999. Good eating, everyone.
(Several Cub Scouts with
homemade pig masks. There are many ideas on mask-making in the Cub Scout
Leader How-To Book.)
Piggy #1: I sure had a
high fever last night.
Piggy #2: How high?
Piggy #1: Two bales.
Piggy #3: Two bales? That's
no way to take a temperature.
Piggy #1: Of course it
is. I have hay fever!
Piggy #4: Hey, why did
the pig cross the road?
Piggy #5: I give up. Why?
Piggy #4: It was the chicken's
Piggy #6: What do you
think my Uncle Porky Pig sang when he joined the navy?
Piggy #7: I don't know.
Piggy #6: (singing) "Oinkers
aweigh, my boys, oinkers away."
Piggy #8: What do you
call a pig who crosses the road twice but refuses to take a bath?
Piggy #5: What?
Piggy #8: A dirty double-crosser.
Piggy #3: (holding up
a blank piece of poster board) Here is my famous painting of five hogs
eating in a field of corn.
Piggy #2: I don't see
a field of corn.
Piggy #3: The hogs ate
Piggy #7: I don't see
the five hogs either.
Piggy #3: Of course not.
Why should the hogs stay around when the corn is gone?
Piggies (all): And that,
ladies and gentlemen, is the end of our tale!
(All pigs turn around
and show off curly tails.)
The leader makes an elaborate
announcement introducing a soloist, who is to sing a ballad entitled "The
Lost Sheep." The singer takes his position, glances to the leader who
nods his head as a signal to begin. The singer then gives a plaintive
"Baa-aa-aa," bows and exits the stage.
Cub comes on stage carrying
a picture of an owl. He says, "Owl be seein' ya!"
Have several scouts walk
across the stage staring at the ceiling and saying "Quack, quack." Leader
then asks what they are doing and they reply, "Quacking Up!"
Siren - siren sound
Dog - woof, woof
Policeman - loud whistle
Librarian - SSSh
Pigs - oink, oink
Chickens - squawk, squawk
Ducks - quack, quack
Boys - Stamp feet and sing "La, la, la."
Screamed - everyone scream
Loud Crash - everyone clap
It was a beautiful fall
afternoon in --(your towns name)-- , Louisiana. In the balmy air the rich
aroma of lumber being milled in nearby Bogalusa was very prominent. The
only sounds to be heard were the faint moan of a fire SIREN in a neighboring
subdivision, the distant barking of a DOG, and the occasional whistle
of the POLICEMAN at the Main Street intersection. Within the Parish Library,
someone turned a page too loudly and the LIBRARIAN said, "SSSh!". On the
highway at the outskirts of the town, a farmer was slowly driving his
animals to the market. Each time he hit a bump, the PIGS grunted, the
CHICKENS squawked, and the DUCKS quacked. Yes, all was peaceful in --(your
Suddenly, two BOYS appeared
on the quiet street. They were singing and marching in time to the rhythm.
They reached the center of town where the POLICEMAN blew his whistle to
let them cross at the crosswalk. Still singing, the BOYS marched up the
steps of the library. The LIBRARIAN looked up quickly and said, "SSSh!".
Each BOY took a book, then sat down at one of the tables. One of the BOYS
looked around the almost deserted library and remarked, "They'd do a lot
more business in here if they had comic books!" Guess what the LIBRARIAN
said? That's right ---"SSSh!".
Outside, the DOG's barking
could be heard more strongly. The POLICEMAN blew his whistle as a car
approached the intersection, followed by the farmer's truck. As they started
up again, the woman driving the car signaled a right turn. Oddly enough,
her car made a left turn. The farmer slammed on his brakes and there was
a LOUD CRASH! Down went the tail gate of the truck and out tumbled the
PIGS; the crates burst and out flew the CHICKENS and the DUCKS. The DOG,
who was quite close, began an excited chase, barking wildly.
Frightened, the PIGS ran
up the library steps grunting, followed by squawking CHICKENS, quacking
DUCKS, and the barking DOG. The LIBRARIAN was so startled she had time
to let out only one "SSSh!", before a CHICKEN flew into her face. The
BOYS jumped up and delightedly burst into song. In rushed the POLICEMAN,
frantically whistling. From across the street, old Miss Curious saw the
disturbance, and called the fire department. In the distance began the
whine of the SIREN, which grew louder as the fire truck approached the
At that moment in the
Parish Library these things were going on: The PIGS were grunting, the
CHICKENS were clucking, the DUCKS were quaking, the DOG was barking, the
BOYS were singing, the fire SIREN was screaming, the POLICEMAN was whistling,
and the LIBRARIAN was hopelessly saying over and over again "SSSh, SSSh!".
And for a while as least, all these things were going on a the same time!
...But an hour later, everything was peaceful again in --(your towns name)--.
The PIGS, DUCKS and CHICKENS had somehow been caught and put back into
their crates, and the POLICEMAN again stood at his post by the intersection.
And the LIBRARIAN? Well,
she looked around the library at the floating feathers, the muddy floor,
the disarranged books, the overturned tables, and the broken chairs. ...
And then, all of the sudden, she SCREAMED!
and Crazy Bear
Little Wolf: wolf howl
Crazy Bear: bear growl
Now Little Wolf and Crazy
Bear were from a tribe of American Indians who got their food hunting
buffalo. They roamed the plains, always on the look-out for buffalo. But
since the cowboys had come to their land, the buffalos were scarce. Little
Wolf and Crazy Bear had a hard time finding any buffalo to feed their
people. But they didn't have any trouble at all finding cowboys. In fact,
they had to hide quite often so the cowboys wouldn't shoot them. Up and
down the plains Little Wolf and Crazy Bear roamed searching out the buffalo
and hiding from the cowboys.
One day, Little Wolf saw
something moving through the brush and he called to Crazy Bear. "Hey,
Crazy Bear, what is that?" I don't know, Little Wolf", replied Crazy Bear,
"But it looks like it might be good to eat." Little Wolf laughed and said,
"I think it belongs to the cowboys." "Well, I know it's not a buffalo"
replied Crazy Bear. So Little Wolf, a true Indian hunter, pulled back
his bow and the arrow went straight to the mysterious animal. Crazy Bear
then went to work skinning and preparing it to take back to the tribe.
After all this work, the
two Indian hunters were hungry, so they built a fire and cooked some of
the meat. "This tastes too good to be a buffalo" said Little Wolf. "Yea"
said Crazy Bear. "Those cowboys sure raise good meat. I wonder why they
kill our buffalo?"
When Little Wolf and Crazy
Bear took the meat back to the tribe, all the women wanted more of this
meat. So the hunters set out to find the cowboys and find what this strange
animal was. When Little Wolf and Crazy Bear came on the cowboy camp, it
was early in the morning. The cowboys were still asleep. Little Wolf and
Crazy Bear saw one of those animals sitting way out form the camp, so
they decided to kill it and drag it away. "Hey Buffalo Bill, did you see
that?" asked one of the cowboys. "Sure did" was the reply. "I see someone
finally got Sitting Bull."
Characters: Any number
of Indians including one Big Chief.
Setting: Indians grouped
around a campfire. All are very sad.
1st Indian: I fear big
trouble in making. (all grunt)
2nd Indian: Must do big
magic to stop many wars.
3rd Indian: How?
4th Indian: Big worry
makes head ache with thinking. (all grunt)
Big Chief: Great Spirit
give me wisdom to treat problem. I must go to White Man. (Rises from campfire
and goes to center of stage. He addresses the audience.) We all wish for
peaceful moons and plentiful corn. Maybe we need know word from each other.
Please help me and repeat after me the words I say.
Big Chief: Oh Wa
Audience: Oh Wa
Big Chief: Ta Goo
Audience: Ta Goo
Big Chief: Si Am
Audience: Si Am
Big Chief: Very good,
I think we are learning. (all Indians nod in agreement) Please one more
time to go faster into land of knowledge. (Repeat chant as before only
faster and faster until it is fast enough so that they can combine syllables
and come up with the meaning: "Oh What A Goose I Am")
Characters: Den leader,
Props: Chairs for boys
- set up as for den meeting around table.
Den Leader: I want you
all to work on your craft now - making kites for the pack kite flying
contest. Do your best. (Den Leader leaves room - boys start to use materials
to make craft)
Cub #1: (hiccup, hiccup)
I can't make my kite (hiccup). I keep hiccuping (hiccup). I better go
play Nintendo and rest (hiccup).
Cub #2: I know what to
do. Hold your breath while I count to ten. It works every time. One, two,
three, ...ten. (Cub #1 holds breath)
Cub #1: (lets out breath
- loud hiccup) It didn't work! (hiccup)
Cub #3: Try putting a
pinch of sugar under your tongue. It works every time.
Cub #1: (tries sugar under
tongue - hiccup, hiccup) That didn't work either.
Cub #4: Here, try breathing
into this paper bag. That always works!
Cub #1: (breaths into
bag - hiccup) Nothing works for me (hiccup).
(Den Leader returns. Cub
#2 runs up to him.)
Cub #2: Mr. Smith - Billy
keeps hiccuping and he can't do his work. I guess he better go play Nintendo
while we finish his kite.
Den Leader: Billy, come
here. Let's hear you hiccup so I can see if I should let you go play Nintendo.
Cub #1: (silence)
Den Leader: Go ahead,
Cub #1: (total silence)
Den Leader: Well, I guess
you better go back and finish your kite. (Turns to audience.) It works
Characters: Den leader,
3 Cub Scouts
Props: A pile of socks
on a table. Den leader sits behind table.
Den leader: Boys, I'm
pleased to announce that our new Cub Scout socks have arrived! Please
step up for your supply of clean socks.
Cub #1: I need four pair.
Den leader: What do you
need 4 pair for?
Cub #1: I need them for
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.
Den leader: O.K. Here
are your socks. Next please.
Cub #2: I need seven pair.
Den leader: What do you
need seven pair for?
Cub #2: For Sunday, Monday,
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Den leader: O.K. here
are your socks.
Cub #3: I need 12 pairs.
Den leader: Wow, you must
really be a clean guy! So why do you need 12 pair?
Cub #3: Well, there's
January, February, March, April...etc.
Characters: 6 to 8 Cub
Props: Paper sacks
Setting: Skit opens with
boys standing together in a backyard. Cardboard cutout trees and bushes
could be used.
1st Cub: Gee, there's
nothing to do.
2nd Cub: Yeah, I know.
3rd Cub: Hey, let's have
a backyard picnic.
4th Cub: But it's going
1st Cub: I don't think
so. If it does, we can eat in the house.
2nd Cub: I'll bring the
3rd Cub: I'll bring the
4th Cub: I'll bring the
hot dog buns.
5th Cub: I'll bring the
6th Cub: And I'll bring
(All walk offstage and
come back carrying sacks)
2nd Cub: Here are the
3rd Cub: Here are the
4th Cub: Here are the
hot dog buns.
5th Cub: Here are the
6th Cub: (Drops his sack)
5th Cub: What's wrong?
6th Cub: I brought the
Characters: Several Cubs
around fake campfire pretending to cook hot dogs on sticks. Two Cubs dressed
as mosquitos--antennae, wings etc.
Setting: Boys around fire
keep slapping as if they are being attacked by mosquitos throughout the
skit. As the scene opens, the two mosquitos enter the stage and continue
walking randomly around the boys as they deliver their lines.
Mosquito #1: Hey, I got
a good one! Which sport do we mosquitos like best?
Mosquito #2: Easy! Skin
diving. Say, did you hear what the Cub Scout said to the mosquito.
Mosquito #1: No, what?
Mosquito #2: Don't bug
Mosquito #1: Are you related
to any of the bugs around here?
Mosquito #2: Sure. My
Mosquito #1: Did you hear
what the mother grasshopper said to her children?
Mosquito #2: No -- tell
Mosquito #1: Hop to it!
Cub #1: These mosquitos
are awful! Lucky I brought the insect repellant. (Pretends to spray air.)
(Mosquitos exit quickly -- choking and gagging.)
Cub #2: (To cub #1) Say,
what has 18 feet, red eyes, and long claws.
Cub #1: I don't know.
Cub #2: Neither do I,
but it's crawling up your neck.
(All boys run screaming
Setting: Den Chief is
narrator. He is taking the boys on a nature hike. As the narration is
read, the boys pantomime (suggested movements below). The Cub Scouts real
names may be substituted for those shown below. If desired, scenery may
be used, such as trees, shrubs, etc. Curtain opens with boys lined behind
Den Chief, ready to take hike.
I'll take you on a nature hike
You boys in Gold and Blue
You'll know what hiking's all about
Before this day's through.
(Sing Chorus to tune of the Kool Aid Song)
Cubbing, Cubbing...It's great
We love Cubbing...can't wait.
Whose magnifying glass is this?
You should have held it higher!
You see, the rays came from the sun
And set poor Tom on fire!
(Den Chief holds up an
imaginary magnifying glass while Tom grabs the seat of his pants and dances
But never fear, Salt Creek's nearby
First aid is what we're learning
Oh boys, you threw the wrong guy in,
It's Tommy here who's burning.
(Another boy shakes himself
off and frowns)
Please don't wade out into the green
You'll drown and I'll not know,
Besides a snapping turtle there
Just bit off Bill's big toe.
(Bill hops around holding
Please, Steve, don't hang there by your knees
You're apt to come to harm,
CRASH. What's that you're trying to say
You think you've broken your arm?
(Steve holds his arm and
I know you're from the city, Rick
And I'm not one who gripes,
But black cats from these woods of ours
Just don't come with white stripes!
(Rick holds up an imaginary
skunk, while other boys hold their noses)
Your foot's caught in a gopher hole,
Is that your trouble, Gary?
Well, don't go away. I'll be right back
A snake has bitten Larry.
(both boys pantomime their
Alright now, Bill, where's the treats?
We all could use a snack.
But a hole tore in your paper bag
About a half mile back?
(Bill holds up imaginary
bag and looks sheepish)
OK boys, hit the trail for home.
I hate to be a pill
But this ain't a dance I'm doing,
I just sat on an ant hill.
(Den Chief squirms and
wiggles around scratching himself)
Characters: Mom, Dad,
two Uncles and Billy. (Someone should introduce characters.)
Costumes: Everyone is
in summer wear and ready for a picnic.
Props: Picnic basket,
blanket spread out on ground, plates, cups, etc. and Billy with a ball.
Scene: Mom, Dad and the
two Uncles are sitting around the blanket and Billy with a ball.
Billy: Mom, When do we
Mom: As soon as your aunts
Dad: This is a great day
for a picnic.
1st Uncle: The weatherman
said we're going to have sunshine all day and the weatherman is always
right! (sound effect of thunder)
2nd Uncle: Almost always
Billy: Mom, when are going
Mom: As soon as your aunts
Dad: Anyone here want
to go to the Tiger baseball game with me next Saturday?
2nd Uncle: I will, we
should have a roaring good time!
1st Uncle: You ain't just
ly-in (lion)! That would be a Paw-fect day.
Billy: Mom, when are we
going to eat?
Mom: As soon as your aunts
arrive, Billy. (Billy leaves with disgust, but comes back quickly with
some "ants". A large ant made from cardboard on a string and put it in
front of his mothers face. Mom screams.)
Dad: What's the meaning
of this, Billy!
Billy: I'm hungry!! Mom
said we'll eat as soon as my aunts are here!
Characters: Dad, Mom,
Jimmy, Johnny and Jerry.
Props: A large box containing
lots of fishing gear - tackle box, fishing gear, waders, etc.
Dad: (coming in from work)
Oh boy! My new fishing gear is here! Did I get everything I ordered?
Mom: I think so, but you'd
better check and make sure.
Dad: Let's see... my new
waders, my new casting rod and reel. And my new lures... 500 assorted
lures. I now own the most advanced technology for catching fish that money
(Jimmy and Johnny enter)
Jimmy: You got your new
fishing gear! When are you going fishing Dad?
Dad: Just as soon as I
put on my jeans and my new fishing sweater.
Johnny: Can we go, Dad?
Dad: Why sure, boys. I
can teach you fellahs all about fishing in the great outdoors. By the
way, where's your brother?
Mom: I haven't seen him
(Jerry enters carrying
an extremely long string of cardboard fish)
Jerry: Hi Dad! Look what
Dad: Where did you get
Dad: With what?
Jerry: With a stick and
a bent safety pin for a hook.
Dad: A safety pin? (Looks
at his pile of equipment.) Get me a stick! I'm going fishing with you!
Cast: 4 to 8 Cub Scouts.
Props: Fishing gear, a
small row boat or cardboard silhouette of a boat, and a sign that says
Setting: The scene starts
with the boat about 10 feet away from the boat dock. The Cub Scouts and
their Den Chief are on their way to go fishing. The first Cub stops at
the dock then walks out across the water and gets in the boat.
Boy 2: Hey wait for me!
(he walks out to the boat)
Den Chief: Oh well...
(steps into the water and pretends to fall in and drags himself back to
Boy 3: Hey wait up. Here
I come (walks out to the boat)
The Den Chief tries and
fails again. The sequence continues until all the boys are in the boat
and only the Den Chief remains on shore. Finally, one of the Cub Scouts
says: "Should we tell him where the rocks are?"
Scout walks on stage carrying
a fishing pole.
Boy 1: Did you catch anything?
Boy 2: Yes.
Boy 1: How big was it?
Boy 2: It was THIS BIG.
(Build up speech volume on THIS while spreading hands farther apart. On
BIG, suddenly bring hands to about 6 or 7 inches apart).
Boy 1: My brother is so
Boy 2: How dumb is he?
Boy 1: He got a pair of
water skis for his birthday a month ago, and he is still looking for a
lake with a hill in it.
Cast: Ma, Pa, Boy, Sis,
all dressed as hillbillies. Two boys dressed as city slickers.
Props: Large cardboard
car cutout with handles on back. A log cabin prop or backdrop.
Setting: Two city slickers
drive up in front of log cabin and honk their horn.
Ma: (comes out of cabin)
Howdy! What ya'll want?
Driver: How do we get
Ma: Well... I don't rightly
know, but I'll ask my son. (yells into cabin) Sonny, how do ya'll get
Boy: (comes out) Well,
Ma, I don't rightly know. I'll ask Sis. (yells into cabin) Sis, how do
ya'll get to Tulsey?
Sis: (comes out) I don't
rightly know. I'll ask Pa. (yells) Pa, how do ya'll get to Tulsey?
Pa: (comes out) Let me
see now. I don't rightly know how to get to Tulsey?
Rider: Boy! You people
sure are dumb. You don't know anything do you?
Pa: Well... it's this-a-way.
We might not be right smart... but we ain't lost!
Narrator: We're going
on a hike. Just do what I do and listen carefully.
(begin hiking in place)
Here we go on a hike thru the woods and over the mountains. Come along
with me. (smile, wave to the group and hike in place) We're coming to
a steep hill. (bend over as if climbing) Now we're on top. What a lovely
view. (shade eyes and look around) Now, we'll have to go down. (move hand
like going down a roller coaster and say "swooosh!") Boy, we're out of
breath. (breath heavily)
Now, we're passing thru
a meadow. (hike in place) What's that I see? (stop, look to one side)
It's a rabbit! And a meadowlark. (look up) And a bumblebee! (run swiftly
in place, waiving arms as if fighting off a bee)
We're happy hikers. (hike
in place) We're happy because of the beautiful mountains we see (shade
eyes and smile) and because of all that clean fresh air we are breathing
(breath heavily) and especially because we got away from the buzzing bee.
(smile, turn head to look behind you and wave bye to bee)
Now we're getting tired.
(slow pace, walk droopily) There's what we need! (points) A cool refreshing
drink from the river. (pick up pace, kneel down and scoop water to mouth)
Ahhh, how refreshing. Let's be on our way (hike in place). Now let's try
to jump over the river without getting our feet wet. (take big step, get
feet wet, shake them off) Oh well, don't feel too bad about not making
it. It was a wide river. At least we have cool toes. (shake feet again)
We'd better stop for lunch.
(stop, reach in pocket, bring out sandwich, start eating, take handkerchief
from pocket, wipe mouth, replace handkerchief, resume hiking in place)
Ummmm, that feels better.
Look, there's a lovely
lake. (points) Let's swim across. (swim strokes, breast-stroke, sidestroke,
backstroke) That was great! (resume hiking in place) Look a that crooked
trail ahead. (point) It's nothing but twists and turns. (continue hiking
- twisting and turning) I'm glad that's over. I was getting dizzy. (stagger)
Look like we have come
to the end of the trail. (stop) What do we do now? Are you tired? (shake
head YES!) So am I. (sit down, wipe brow)
Characters: Bob (a cashier),
Paul (a Webelos Scout) and Mr. Jones (Cubmaster).
Setting: Bob stands behind
counter (table) waiting on Paul. He has a computerized check-out machine
(decorated box). Groceries indicated in script are ready to be checked
out (empty cartons).
Paul: Hi Bob! How much
are these eggs?
Bob: Seventy cents a dozen
Paul: How much for two
Bob: One dollar and forty
(Paul writes down the
prices on a pad as Bob scans each item)
Paul: How much is one
pound of coffee?
Bob: Two dollars and 89
cents (scans coffee).
Paul: How much for one
can of peas?
Bob: Thirty-three cents
Paul: How much is one
box of Betty Crocker Cake mix?
Bob: Seventy-nine cents
(scans cake mix).
Paul: How much is a pound
of American cheese?
Bob: One dollar and 59
cents (scans cheese).
Paul: And a bottle of
Bob: Seventy-nine cents
(scans grape juice). Say, you certainly are keeping good records of what
Paul: One package of oatmeal?
Bob: One dollar and 49
cents (scans oatmeal).
Paul: Now, how much does
all that cost?
Bob: That's nine dollars
and 28 cents.
(Mr. Jones enters)
Mr. Jones: Hi, Bob! Hi,
Paul! Are you buying food for the Webelos overnight camp out?
Bob: Do you want all this
in paper or plastic?
Paul: Oh, no! I don't
want to buy anything. I just had a math problem today. "How much would
the following items cost at today's prices?" Thanks for the help, Bob!
Think of a number. Double
it, add 10 and divide by 2. Then subtract the first number. The answer
will always be 5.
Pretend to pour liquid
from one test tube or glass into another. Watch the glass and say, "It
looks like it's going to work... Oh no! They're coming to take me away,
ha ha, ho ho, he he." Run off stage.
Setting: Rocket pilot
in cockpit on one side of stage. Ground control with computer on other
Rocket Pilot: Mayday!
Mayday! Engine on fire. Mayday!
Ground control: We read
you. Hang in there. We're going to try and lock in on you with our computer.
Rocket Pilot: Well, hurry
up! I can't hold on much longer. I'm surrounded by flames.
Ground Control: O.K. This
is critical. Before you eject -- state your height and position.
Rocket Pilot: Oh, I'm
about 5 foot 6, and I'm sitting down. Bye! (Pretends to push eject button
and jumps out of cockpit.)
Setting: In the computer
lab at school.
Student: Hey, teacher.
My computer ain't working. It's broke!
Teacher: No, no. My computer
is broken. Her computer is broken. Your computer is broken.
Student: Boy, ain't nothing
working right around this place!
Characters: Cub Scout
Interviewer (sitting in for Jay Leno), Mickey Mouse, and Garfield.
NOTE: The Cub Scout Interviewer
can have a script to read his part on his desk -- as if referring to notes
on his guests. Famous cartoon characters can be created by masks or costumes.
Setting: Desk and chair
for host, chairs for guests, sign stating "The Tonight Show".
Interviewer: Ladies and
gentleman! Welcome to the Tonight Show! Jay Leno is on vacation tonight
and he asked me to sit in for him. We are really fortunate to have some
very special guests tonight. So in honor of Cub Scout Animation month,
please welcome... Mickey Mouse! (Applause)
Mickey Mouse: Hi ya folks!
(high squeaky voice)
Interviewer: Mickey, there
is so much your fans are dying to know about you. Could you tell us (pause)
what is your favorite breakfast cereal?
Mickey Mouse: Easy. Mouse
Interviewer: That figures.
Tell me Mickey, do you think you'll ever be #1 in Hollywood?
Mickey Mouse: I doubt
it. You know, Mice Guys Finish Last!
Interviewer: Any special
words for your fans?
Mickey Mouse: Sure! Have
a mice day!
Interviewer: Thanks for
coming Mickey. My next guest has been a star of cartoons, books and comic
strips for years. A big hand for Garfield! (Applause)
Garfield: OK, ok! Don't
we know you're a superstar after all these years. Can you tell us what
kind of car you prefer to be ride in around town?
Garfield: I won't ride
in anything but a Catillac!
Interviewer: Can you tell
us what sort of stage make-up you use when you are making movies?
Garfield: Kitty Glitter.
Interviewer: I hear you're
planning to take some time off from your career for a sailing trip to
Hawaii on your yacht. What kind of boat is it?
Garfield: A catamaran
Interviewer: Thanks so
much Garfield. Ladies and gentlemen, our last guest is very special. He
has rarely spoken over the many years that he has been part of a famous
comic strip. But tonight... Snoopy SPEAKS! Please welcome... Snoopy! (applause)
Interviewer: Snoopy, we're
all dying to know what did Charlie Brown say when heard you were leaving
home to be on the Tonight Show?
Interviewer: We'd like
to know more about you... what is your favorite soda?
Interviewer: We understand
that now you've decided to speak, you are planning your own radio talk
show. Can you tell us what station your program will be on?
Snoopy: National Pup-lic
Interviewer: Thanks Snoopy,
Garfield, Mickey. You've been great! Goodnight from the Tonight Show
Characters: Roger Rabbit,
Bugs Bunny, Silvester, Tweedy Bird, Raphael, Casper.
Setting: A conference
room. Characters are seated with there backs to the audience. The characters
do not face the audience until the end of the skit.
Roger Rabbit: (stands)
Ladies and gentlemen. Please come to order. I have called you here today
to make an important announcement. I am sorry to tell you that after exhaustive
studies, we have come to the conclusion that there cannot possibly be
any life on the planet nearest us.
Bugs Bunny: but what about
the changes in color from white to green that have been observed on the
planet's surface? Don't these indicate weather changes and some kind of
Roger Rabbit: All tests
show that there is some atmosphere on the planet, but it is not enough
to sustain life as we know it.
Silvester: Then how do
you account for the ditches or canals that have been seen with our telescopes?
Roger Rabbit: Latest viewing
indicate that these are merely natural ground formations, and there is
no proof whatever that they are made by any living beings.
Tweety Bird: Then we must
conclude that the flying saucer stories are all hoaxes?
Roger Rabbit: No, of course
not. Most of these sightings have perfectly logical, scientific explanations,
and the rest are the direct result of mass hysteria.
Raphael: Then all the
strange sounds picked up on radio receivers come from our own transmitters
or are produced by atmospheric disturbances?
Roger Rabbit: I'm afraid
Casper: I, for one, am
extremely disappointed. I've always been sure we had neighbors on other
planets, or at least on the one nearest to us. Perhaps not life as we
know it, but some kind of intelligent life, totally unknown to us.
Roger Rabbit: Ladies and
gentlemen, I am going to adjourn this meeting. I can see no point in discussing
this matter further. The tests have been so conclusive that any intelligent
person must accept the fact that there is no life on (Pause)
All: (stand and turn to
Characters: Dad, 3 trick
or treaters (Cub Scouts dressed in Halloween costumes with bags for trick
Props: Candy, etc, as
called for in skit/table --(Dad piles candy up on table as he collects
it from kids)
Dad: (to 3 trick or treaters
as they enter) Well, I'm glad you made it home safely! How was trick or
treating this year?
Cub #1: It was great,
Dad! We got a lot of great stuff.
Dad: Let's see what you
Cub #1: I got this big
candy bar and all these chocolate candies.
Dad: Let me have those.
Those could be dangerous. The wrappings might be loose, and they might
have gotten germs on them. (turns to Cub #2) what did you get?
Cub #2: I got a box of
raisins and shiny red apple!
Dad: I's better take those.
That apple might contain a razor blade! (turns to Cub #3) What did you
Cub #3: I got bubble gum
Dad: Give it to me! That
could ruin your braces! Do any of you have anything else?
Cub #1: Just these peppermint
candies we got right here at our own house! Can't we keep those?
Dad: I'd better take them.
You can't be too careful! Now off to bed! (trick or treaters exit)
Dad: (to audience as he
runs his hands through the pile of goodies he has collected on the table)
The things a father has to do to protect his children! (pause) I love
Boy 1: Tonight we are
going to be talking about ancient Greece.
(Boy 2 walks onstage carrying
a can of Crisco.)
Boy 1: No, no; not that
kind of grease. You know Greece, the place.
Boy 2: Oh yeah, that's
in back of the cafeteria.
Have den line up on stage.
One scout steps forward and announces that this is the first international
exhibition of a new Olympic event. This is the cue for the rest of the
scouts to grin as wide as possible. The narrator announces that this was
the Standing Broad Grin.
Characters: TV reporter,
4 Cub athletes getting ready for the Cub Olympics.
Props: Frisbee for discuss,
pile for javelin, bag of cookies, toothbrush and basin of water on stand,
fake mike for reporter (can be dressed in suit jacket and have ID for
his station on his lapel in large letters)
TV reporter: We're here
today to interview the athletes at Pack _____ as they prepare for the
challenge of this years Cub Olympics. As you can imagine, it takes months
of training and hard work to get these athletes ready to compete. Let's
see how they are preparing themselves for the big competition. (turns
to Cub #1 with microphone) Tell me, how are you getting ready for your
event in the Olympics?
Cub #1: I'm practicing
my throw for the discus event. (demonstrates how to throw discus using
TV reporter: Great form!
(turns to Cub #2) and you -- can you tell us how you are preparing to
Cub #2: I'm polishing
my javelin for the javelin throw (polishes pole with a rag.)
TV reporter: Good luck!
(turns to Cub #3) What are you doing today?
Cub #3: I'm practicing
for the standing broad jump. (does a couple of practice jumps)
TV reporter: Fine! (turns
to Cub #4) And what are you doing to train for the Olympics?
Cub #4: I'm brushing my
teeth! (uses basin of water and toothbrush --pretends to brush teeth)
TV reporter: Brushing
your teeth! What Olympic event could you possibly be training for?
Cub #4: I'm training for
the International Olympic Cookie - Eating event! (pulls out bag of cookies
and stuffs some in his mouth.)
Setting: Dress scouts
in togas. Have them come on stage as if to recite the Iliad. Scouts tell
jokes from Boys Life magazine.