Scouts and campfire programs are a timeless combination. While they are historically linked to Cub and Boy Scouts of America troops, Girl Scout troops have become more involved in planning campfire programs and enjoying the benefits. Whether performing, helping in the background, or just watching, campfire programs offer Scouts of all ages the opportunity to get involved, express themselves, and learn a bit more about their peers and themselves. Campfires and SCOUTS go together. The fondest memories of many former Scouts are often the camps they attended and the campfires held at those camps.
We are not talking bonfires here. We are talking about a smallish campfire at the end of a busy day in camp with about 30 to 60 or more people singing their hearts out and sharing the experience with their friends. These are special events in the life of our SCOUTS and as the next generation of leaders, it is our job to continue to hold equally memorable campfires and pass the skill on to those who will follow us.
A campfire program is a gathering of Scouts, troop leaders, and family members for fun and fellowship. Despite its name, it doesn’t have to take place at night, nor does it have to include an actual fire.
A successful campfire program includes four key elements:
- Songs: Sing all kinds of songs, from silly Scouting songs to the National Anthem.
- Stunts: Both pre-planned and improvised skits work great as stunts; invite some audience participation to make things really interesting.
- Stories: Whether they’re funny or scary, stories are a vital part of campfires.
- Showmanship: Great opening and closing ceremonies add some flair to your event and can include a creative way to light the campfire (if you’re using one).
Organization and Contributors
Determine who will:
- Be the Campfire Chief
- Do cheers (who and which ones to avoid duplication)
- Sing songs (who and which ones to avoid duplication)
- Do skits (who and which ones to avoid duplication)
- Tell stories (who and which ones to avoid duplication)
- Be the photographer
- Purchase and bring refreshments (juice & cookies – remember allergies!)
- Reimburse the person who purchased refreshments
- Send out invitations to parents (they can sit around outside the campfire circle)
- Serve refreshments (juice & cookies)
- Be Hosts and Hostesses to guide people as they arrive
- Be responsible for bringing the electric campfire and extension cord (identify outlet ahead of time)
- Set-up the gym including electric campfire (tape down extension cord using masking tape, not duct tape!)
- Be responsible for lighting the campfire during the event
- Be responsible for post-event clean-up
- Be expected to be part of the welcome message at the beginning (contact leaders and group commissioner)
- Contact special guest
- Contact the custodian to turn down the gym lights (talk with the custodian ahead of time)
- Determine where photos will be taken (section and/or individual)
- Send a copy of the schedule and coordinate with section leaders/group commissioner
special thanks for Bkaldorf Pittsburgh (US) & N.S.Silwa
lighting diagram for campfire setup