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The Buckskin staff of Many Point Scout Camp always has a great song to bring the Friday night campfire to a close. This year was no exception. The staff sang a song about being at camp and enjoying the outdoors. I wish I knew the name of the song. This post to the Melrose Scout Productions Podcast features the Buckskin staff as they sing the song at the July 16th campfire. It was a great tune to settle the boys down for the program’s end.

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    Back in the 1980′s, when the troop was attending Crow Wing Scout Reservation for summer camp, the camp staff performed a skit that would become one of the Scouts, and one of mine, favorite skits. We call it the Radio Skit. You will need five people to be the announcers. It requires practice and great timing to pull off properly. Your audience will love it. Here is the script we use:

    Announcer:
    On the way to the (meeting/outing/camp) tonight, we were listening to the radio, but we were having trouble keeping a single station on the air. The stations kept overlapping each other. Just as we starting getting interested in one thing the station would switch and something entirely different would come on. It sounded something like this….

    Commercial:
    Are you missing something in your life? Do you always find yourself unprepared? Do you like camping and hiking in the great outdoors? If you do then join the Boy Scouts of America. Scouting today – it’s a lot more than…
    Baseball:
    …a beautiful day at the county stadium were the (team name) are hosting the Twins. It looks like it will be a very close battle today as both teams are very strong and led by two great pitchers, Scott and (other team pitcher). The Twins will be at the plate first. Leading off the batting order will be…
    Cooking:
    …meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, peas. And we will top it off with apple pie for desert. Okay ladies, get out your note pads and your cooking utensils. Listen carefully and you will learn how to prepare this scrumptious dish to please that hard working hungry husband of yours after a long day’s work at…
    Story time:
    …Fantasy land, where all of your dreams come true. Hello boys and girls. Today’s story is an old time favorite. It is about a famous little girl and her dear old grandmother who…
    Gangster:
    …dirty, rotten, no good two bit, double crossing crook and when I get my hands on him I’ll pulverize him to a pulp, fit him to a pair of concrete shoes, and he will never be seen in my territory again. Even if the low down, dirty rat is…
    Baseball:
    …the next batter at the plate for the Twins. Here’s the first pitch… It’s a ball, outside. The pitcher gets his signals. He winds up… Whoa! It’s a hard fast ball right down the pipe. Strike one. The count is one and one. The pitcher delivers again. The batter swings…
    Cooking:
    …the meatloaf into the pan and fry for fifteen minutes or until brown. Now ladies, this next step is very crucial to the success of your meatloaf. If you don’t get it correctly…
    Gangster:
    …I’ll bash your head in and make mash potatoes out of your face. So don’t mess up or I’ll send you to…
    Commercial:
    …the Boy Scouts of America. Just imagine the fun you’ll have swimming, boating, hiking, and sitting around the campfire at night. Only you, the stars, the moon and…
    Story time:
    …Little Red Riding Hood”, said the wolf. “What do you have in your basket?” “Well, Mr. Wolf”, said Little Red Riding Hood, “I have…
    Baseball:
    …two outs! Twins on first and second at the bottom of the third and they are down by two runs. They’ve got to have a hit with this batter or they’re…
    Cooking:
    …meatloaf will be burnt, so be careful ladies, because burnt meatloaf can cause…
    Baseball:
    …a home run! And that will put the Twins in the lead, 6 to 5, in the bottom of the sixth inning here at county stadium. Wow! What a change of events. This game has changed from a dull, typical pitchers battle to an…
    Commercial:
    …afternoon of fun and adventure at the beautiful (campground name). And remember, as the Boy Scout motto states, Be Prepared to…
    Gangster:
    …get your guts blown out if you double cross me again. I’ll put so many holes in you that you’ll look like a screen door. No one fools around with me except…
    Commercial:
    …the Boy Scouts of America…
    Baseball:
    …have struck out again, and boy is the (other team)’s manager giving it to the ump. I can just imagine saying…
    Story time:
    …My, what big eyes you have grandmother”, said Little Red Riding Hood. “The better to see you with my dear,” said the wolf. “And grandmother”, said Little Red Riding Hood, “what a big you have…
    Baseball:
    …says the ump to the (other team)’s manager as he throws him out of the game. Well, Bob, it looks like the only thing that can save the (other team’s name) now is…
    Commercial:
    …the Boy Scouts of America…
    Cooking:
    …and your piping hot peas. By now your pie crust should be tender and flaky, just like …
    Story time:
    …Little Red Riding Hood was about to be gobbled up by the wicked old wolf. Suddenly, the door burst open, and the woodsman said…
    Gangster:
    …you dirty bugger. I’ve got you dead to right now. Mess with my girl, will you? Well, no one messes with my girl and gets away with it. The only thing that can save you now is…
    Baseball:
    …the Twins…
    Cooking:
    …your crisp apple pie..
    Story time:
    …Little Red Riding Hood..
    Commercial:
    …and the Boy Scouts of America.

    If yo would like to see this skit performed check out episode #70 of the Melrose Scout Production Podcast. Or, if you would like to listen to it while jogging or driving in your car download episode #12 of Around The Scouting Campfire.
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      It is almost a tradition. During the past few years I have taken my video camera along to summer camp and recorded the opening and closing campfire programs. These programs are edited down to become podcast episodes and a dvd for the Boy Scouts who attended camp. Over the past few years I have posted a video to the Melrose Scout Productions Podcast featuring the Buckskin staff of Many Point Scout Camp as they lead the campers in the Many Point Rouser at the beginning of the Sunday evening campfire. It is now time to post the 2010 version.

      It amazes me every year we go to summer camp how energized the camp staff always seems to be. When they lead the boys in the rouser with so much enthusiasm it sets the stage for the entire week. The Boy Scouts know they have a staff that is anxious to work with them during the week and ready to have fun while they do. So, let’s dedicate this video to not only the Buckskin staff of Many Point Scout Camp but to all the staff members of summer camps around the country.

      By the way, this video also contains footage of a couple of very athletic guys doing a little pre-campfire show, and the introduction of the troops at camp.

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        Let us go back in time. A simpler time of when there were kings, queens, and a peasant who wished to marry the beautiful princess. That is the plot of this hilarious campfire skit performed by two Boy Scouts of Troop 68 during their 2001 Laughs For Lunch Show. It is one of my favorie skits, and I bet you will enjoy it also.

        With just a few props and a bit of practice your Scouts can use this skit to entertain troops and families during courts of honor or campfire programs.

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          The Melrose Scouting Productions Podcast proudly presents another video from the Boy Scout Troop 68 Laughs For Lunch Show archives. This post features a skit in which a director hires an extra to play a small part in a film. The film is about a legendary ship which hits an iceberg. The extra has only four lines to say but unfortunately cannot get them correct on the first take. The director becomes frustrated, and hilarity follows. Even though this video was recorded in 2001, it holds up very well. The skit would be a great one to perform at any campfire program.

          Does your troop have fun performing in front of an audience? Have they ever done this skit? Tell us about it by leaving a comment.

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            I was listening to some music at work this afternoon when the Village People’s Y.M.C.A. was played. Suddenly, I was transported back to summer camp several years ago. Troop 68 liked taking songs, changing the words, and making a new campfire song. Y.M.C.A. happened to be one of those songs.

            We had attended Many Point Scout Camp for several years and I thought we might be able to change Y.M.C.A. to M.P.S.C.  We worked on the lyrics and it did not take long to come up with a new song and actions to go along with it. When we performed it at the Friday night closing campfire it became a hit. The staff joined us onstage for the refrain and the campers and leaders joined us in the actions. We have performed the song several times since then. If I find a decent video of the troop’s performance I will be sure to get it online. Until then, here are the words to our version of M.P.S.C. -

            1)  Young man, When you need to get out,
            I said, young man, get away from the crowds.
            I said, young man, don’t just sit there and pout.
            Get up and camp with the Boy Scouts.

            That’s where, you can shoot 22′s.
            I said, that’s where, there’s always something to do.
            I said, that’s where, you can eats lots of stew,
            get belly aches and turn shades of blue.

            (Refrain)
            It’s fun to go to the M.P.S.C.  You’ve got to go to the M.P.S.C.
            You can tie a few knots, you can cook your own meal,
            You can do whatever you feel.

            M.P.S.C.  You’ve got to go to the M.P.S.C.
            Young man, young man, don’t just sit on your tail.
            Young man, young man, get yourself on the trail.

            2)  Voyagers, is the place you should be
            if you want to, cook your food as you please.
            Then there’s Ten Chiefs, out among all the trees,
            with no shower facility.

            Buck Skin, is the camp where you call
            patrol members, to eat in the dining hall.
            Project Cope is, the place where you do it all
            even experience free fall.

            3)  Young man, the bathrooms are quite unique.
            I said, young man, wait till you get a peek.
            I said, young man, it’s the place that you seek
            When you can’t wait any longer.

            Then there’s, the bedroom facilities
            Where you can get, a bit caught up on your zz’s
            Where the canvas, let’s in all the bugs and fleas
            Unless you’ve got mosquito netting.

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              Has your troop, patrol, or den ever had to develop a new skit or patrol for a campfire program? The Boy Scouts of Melrose Troop 68 created several new ones over the decades, mainly in the 1980′s and 1990′s. The Scouts would take a song, chance the words a bit (or a lot), add some actions, and suddenly had a popular campfire skit.

              Star Trekking, by the Firm, was one of those songs that Troop 68 turned into a campfire skit. It became so popular that the troop wrote a sequel to it and called it Star Trekking: The Next Generation. During this episode of Around The Scouting Campfire, Scoutmaster Steve and Buttons, the radical Boy Scout, talk about how the troop developed these skits for the enjoyment of troops across Minnesota and beyond.
              Steve and Buttons thank PTC Media ( http://www.ptcmedia.net ) for allowing this program to be a part of their family of Scouting related podcasts. We would also like to thank the Boy Scout Store ( http://boyscoutstore.com ) for sponsoring this show. be sure to check out their website.
              And finally, we would like to thank you, the listeners, for downloading Around The Scouting Campfire and sending us your emails. You can contact Buttons at buttonst68@yahoo.com. You may contact Scoutmaster Steve at stevejb68@yahoo.com.
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              Show notes:
              Blog post on Star Trekking at A Scoutmaster’s Blog:

              http://www.melrosetroop68.org/2006/08/campfire-skits-star-trekking.html
              Videos featuring the Star Trekking Songs:
              The Scouts performing on a local television show:
              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ivt4AWGBWhE
              The Staff of Many Point Scout Camp performing Star Trekking can be seen on Melrose Scouting Productions Podcast #47.
              The young Boy Scouts of Melrose Troop 68 can be seen doing Star Trekking: The Next Generation on Melrose Scouting Productions Podcast #54.
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                I plan to see the new Star Trek movie this weekend. Although I am a fan of the series, I am not hardcore enough to be considered a Trekkie or a Trekker. I am more of a Star Wars kind of guy. You only need to see my family room to know that is true.

                While the new movie is on everyone’s mind this weekend, I thought it might be a good time to revisit the Star Trekking skit that my troop came up with twenty years ago. You can read about the development of the skit in an earlier blog found HERE.

                There are a few videos posted online of the Scouts and myself performing the skit. The original version of the skit can be seen on Youtube (click HERE). The Scouts and I performed it during a fundraiser at a local television station. And yes, that is me as Scotty.

                Last summer, the Buckskin staff of Many Point Scout Camp talked me into joining them as they performed the skit during the Friday night closing campfire. It can be seen at the Melrose Scouting Productions Podcast #47 (click HERE), or on our troop’s website video page.

                Once the Star Trekking skit became popular we felt we had to take it to the next level and do a sequel, so we came up with Star Trekking: The Next Generation. It is #54 of the Melrose Scouting Production Podcast, and can also be seen on the troop’s website.

                Live long and prosper, and laugh until it hurts.

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