· Skits are another form of communication
· They’re usually a dramatized
joke or funny situation with a snappy line or sight gag at the end
· Skits help channel imagination. Dramatics
are important in the growth of a child or adult because it gives them an outlet for the "let's pretend" part of their character
· It gives us a chance for creative expression
· Skits help develop power of observation
and recognize the desirable characteristics in the people we see
· Skits help develop coordination and
timing, thus increasing self-confidence. Skits show the importance of teamwork and cooperation
· Skits can also set the mood of a campfire
· Skits serve as icebreakers and comic
· Keep It Simple
· Simple lines, simple costumes, and
simple props are more effective than elaborate ones done poorly
· Are short (3 to 5 minutes)
· Have simple dialogue ... no long memorized
· Can use pantomimes
· Let everyone in the group participate
· Have liberal usage of stage direction
... who goes where, when and does what
· You must speak loudly, slowly and face
· If the audience applauds or laughs,
you should pause before continuing
· You can pre-record sound effects, dialogue,
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
· Scenery can be made from corrugated
cardboard, sheets or props you have in the house
· Use latex or tempera paints to decorate
· Alternatively, you can just explain
to the audience beforehand, "Here is the bedroom..." and so forth. Use the power of suggestion
· Bring your character to life
· Add makeup; use a wig; to walk with
a limp, to look old, walk with your feet about 8 inches apart
· Try some of the following techniques
to add sound to your skit:
· Airplane: Heavy paper striking blades
of electric fan
· Auto brakes: Slide a drinking glass
across a pane of glass
· Crashes: Drop two pie pans taped together
with metal jar lids inside.
· Crickets chirping: Run a fingernail
over a fine-tooth comb
· Door slam: Slam two hardback books
· Fire: Crumple and twist cellophane
into a ball and then release it
· Gong: Hit a pan with a metal spoon
· Gurgling stream or boiling liquid:
Put a straw in a cup of water and blow hard
· Hail: Pour rice on an upside down flat
· 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
· Rain: Fill a soup can 1/3-full of dry
peas or beans. Roll the can slowly on a table
· Rustling in underbrush: Crush broom
· Sword fight: Hold an aluminum cookie
sheet in one hand, & hit with a metal spoon
· Telephone ring: Use a bicycle bell
· Thunder: 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
Writing Your Own
· Writing your own skits is simpler than
it would first appear
· First, determine what the moral of
the skit will be. Then follow this simple outline to write your skit
· You want something ... friendship,
a cat, a guitar, a trophy, to find something
· You go to get it ... by canoe, plane,
· Obstacles the stop you ... crocodile,
bear, native hunters, a locked chest
· You achieve goal ... through an act
of kindness, bravery, wisdom, magic, unexpected help of some kind
your skit to be 7 to 10 minutes long
2. Daring Brownies
3. Dirty Dishes. 3
4. Fly in the Soup.. 3
6. Guess My Line
on the Toilet
7. How Music Made
8. St. Peter. 4
9. The Happy Hikers. 4
10. The Lost Lollipop.. 5
11. The Nutty Fisherman.. 6
12. The Take Turners. 6
13. The Woman Who
Didn’t Like Rain.. 7
5 skits you could use for your Campfire Skit.
of my favourites:
Before the skit begins, one
of the Guides goes quietly to a spot away from the campfire circle and hides. When the skit begins she stays in her place
as the echo.
A patrol of Guides are on
a hike. They stop and the Patrol Leader says, “Oh, good, here we are at Echo Canyon.” The conversation then goes
on as follows:
“Try a call and see
if you get an echo.”
“Tomatoes” - echo answers “Tomatoes”
- echo answers “Hamburgers”
great isn’t it?” - echo answers “Gee, it’s great isn’t it?”
“Yoo Hoo” - echo
answers “Yoo, Hoo”
“Salami” - echo
“Baloney” - echo
“Baloney” - still
“I’ll try –
Miss ______ is a great Guide Leader” - echo answers “Baloney”
2. Daring Brownies or Guides
(A narrator reads the verses aloud while the players act according to the instructions. All the actions are performed
quickly and briefly.)
daring Brownie sailed the ocean blue … (a
player marches on stage, faces audience, steers ship)
came a friend … (second player enters, they exchange
greetings, stand alongside each other)
so there were two!
daring Brownies sailed the stormy sea … (both
steer wheel while holding tight and swaying.
called and called for extra help … (as
they call with cupped hands a third player joins them)
so there were three!
daring Brownies stepped upon the shore … (players
step forward, march in place)
when the three stepped back again … (as
the three step back to original positions a fourth player joins them)
The three had turned to four!
daring Brownies did a fancy dive … (they
make diving motions)
looked so fine and fancy … (fifth player
enters, looks in admiration, joins them)
soon there were five!
daring Brownies fished with crooked sticks … (they pretend to fish)
dinner was so tasty … (as they pretend to eat a sixth player
soon there were six!
daring Brownies opened up a door … (they
face wing and pretend to open doors)
jumped another friend … (seventh player jumps in)
there was one more!
daring Brownies all began to skate … (all
pretend to skate)
looked so much like lots of fun … (eighth
player skates onstage)
their number came to eight!
daring Brownies all stood in a line … (they line up at attention)
before they knew it … (ninth player quickly enters to join end of the line)
line had stretched to nine!
daring Brownies wondered where they’d been … (they shade their eyes with palms and gaze outward)
came to tell them … (tenth player enters, gestures outward)
that made ten!
daring Brownies all went swimming for fun … (all make swimming movements)
so they swam and swam and swam … (they swim offstage)
at last there were none!
The leader walks on the stage with a big pot, sets it down on a table along with
a spoon or ladle and sets up a "Back in 5 minutes" sign before walking offstage.
A camper comes along, eyes the pot,
grabs the spoon and takes a big, messy slurp. Eyes wide, she grabs a friend from offstage and stresses how important it is
that they try this awesome tasting soup.
This keeps happening, each new person getting another to try the soup. You
can make each have a different personality (e.g. hyper, ghetto, California girl) just for laughs.
The leader walks
back on, seeing the campers grouped around the soup. Spotting the leader, the campers flee.
The leader reaches into
the pot and brings out a pair of dirty socks and remarks how clean they are after soaking.
Customer - Waiter, waiter, there's
a fly in my soup! (Enters, very snooty, peering into the soup)
Oh, yes, you are right sir. That will be an extra 25 cents for the meat.
Customer - But waiter, he's swimming
all over the top!
- (Still snooty) - You are right, sir. It doesn't know it's a fly,
sir. It's doing the Butterfly stroke.
Customer - Well, I think it must
be an Australian!
Waiter - Why do you say that
Customer - BECAUSE IT'S DOWN
- I am the famous artist, Vincent Van Go Go. I have come
here this evening at great expense to create
one of my living
nature paintings which will express the atmosphere
of this camp!
First I am going to need some trees. (Two trees are selected from
participants in the audience, and are directed where to stand.
wave their arms gently.)
- Now I will need some birds to twitter among the trees.
birds are selected and they move around the trees making
Vincent - (Stands back to view scene) Perhaps a sun to shine on
everything. (A tall participant stands on a bench and smiles
Vincent - (Again viewing) It's not right yet. I know, some rabbits
hopping around. (Some Leaders are chosen for rabbits)
- One last touch. A babbling brook. Unit Leader, will you
be the brook, you're always babbling? (The brook takes his place.)
- (Turns to audience) There it is, another Vincent Van Go
Go original nature scene. I call it "The Gathering
of the Nuts."
6. Guess My Line on the Toilet
- 2, 3 or more unsuspecting volunteers 2 people to run
chair center stage
Select your volunteers and have one person
take them back stage
where they cannot hear what is going on onstage
The skit only works will if the volunteers
have not seen it before so
it can’t be done very often
Back stage, the people running the skip tells
the volunteers they
will be in a contest to get the audience to
guess their job. Give
each volunteer a different job – race
car driver, weightlifter, horse
jockey, newspaper delivery boy, whatever you
can think of that
might be interesting and can be done sitting
on a chair. Each
volunteer is sent onstage, one at a time, to
get the audience to
guess their job.
Meanwhile, onstage the other person setting
up the skit is telling
the audience that the chair is a toilet seat
and we’ll see how each
of the volunteers uses it.
Call on the first volunteer to see what happens.
When the laughs
die down, have her stop and get the next contestant.
7. How Music Made Everyone Happy
The Very Lonely Woman
The Very Nice Brownies /
Guides (as many as desired)
A single chair is set at
left stage; a number of other chairs are set in semi-circles at right stage. Note: Actual music may be added to the skit if
desired. If an offstage piano or other instrument is employed, it may be played in unison with the girl’s pantomimes.
stands near left wing.)
was once a very lonely woman.
feebly enters from left, sits.)
door was a school.
/ Guides enter from right, sit.)
very lonely woman was very sad because she had no one to play music for her. She wished and wished for someone to play.
the very nice Brownies / Guides were very sad because they had no one for who they could play their music. They wished and
wished for someone to hear their music.
/ Guides nod in unison)
day the very lonely woman said to herself, I will open my window. Maybe someone will send music into my home. So she opened
(Woman opens window at stage center, returns to chair.)
on that very same day the very nice Brownies / Guides said, “We will open a school window. Maybe someone will listen
to our music.” So one of the girls opened a school window.
opens window at stage center.)
the very lonely woman listened.
cups hand to ear toward window.)
the very nice Brownies / Guides began to sing and play their instruments. First the trombone
the kettle drums
all the musicians and singers played and sang in fantastic harmony.
pantomime various instruments and singers.)
the very lonely woman was not sad or lonely any more.
briskly beats time and sways to the music.)
the very nice Brownies / Guides were not sad any more.
/ Guides smile, play spiritedly.)
happy woman kept her window open from that day on. And so did the very nice Brownies / Guides.
bow and exit.)
- Here we see St. Peter at the Pearly Gates.
- : (Walks up to St. Peter) Hello, St. Peter. I see I've come to
St. Peter - Well, you're not in
yet! First you've got to tell me how
suffered on Earth.
- Well, I spent a week eating camp food.
St. Peter - I'm sorry, you haven't
suffered enough. (Jan exits
- (Enters) Hi, I'm here
to get into Heaven.
Peter - Fine, fine. And how have you suffered?
- I went on a long hike and got blisters
all over my feet.
St. Peter - Sorry. That's not
enough suffering to get into Heaven.
- (Enters) Can I get into Heaven?
Peter - How did you suffer?
Carol - I'm in (Pick someone's name who can
take a joke)
Peter - Well, come on in!!
Happy Hikers (as many as desired)
The Happy Hikers stand in
various stage positions, facing audience.
meet our Happy Hikers!
smile, wave to audience, hike in place. Note: all movements are in place.)
watch their adventures as they hike through the woods and over the mountains. There they go!
increase pace slightly.)
she looks at Hikers.)
like they’re climbing a steep hill!
bend backward as if climbing.)
on top! What a lovely view!
look around in appreciation.)
watch them get down!
slip and slide as if plunging downhill.)
must be out of breath!
hold hands on chests, breathe heavily.)
they’re passing through a meadow.
walk, then halt. Narrator peers closely at Hikers.)
do they see? A rabbit!
swiftly glance from left to right.)
quickly glance from ground to sky.)
jerk heads and eyes about. Narrator cries out a warning.)
out for the bumblebee!
run swiftly in place, waving arms as if battling off a bumblebee.)
I said, they are happy hikers, happy because of the beautiful mountains they see.
happily shield eyes with palms and peer.)
because of all that clean, fresh air they breathe.
happily breathe while expanding their chests.)
especially because they got away from that buzzing bumblebee!
smile and nod, turn heads slightly to rear, wave good-bye to the bumblebee.)
like they are tired from all that hiking.
slow down, walk droopily. Narrator excitedly waves outward as she peers ahead.)
just what they need, a cool, refreshing drink from the river.
you make it to the river, Happy Hikers?
nod, pick up speed, kneel down at river, drink, scoop water over their faces.)
How refreshing! On your way, Happy Hikers!
rise. Narrator speaks to them with caution.)
to jump all the way across the river, keep those little tootsies dry!
jump but look down in dismay as they shake their wet feet. Narrator speaks sympathetically.)
feel too bad about not making it, after all, that river was more than a block wide. At least you have cool toes.
she looks ahead.)
what’s in front of them, a fork in the road. Hope they take the right road.
turn somewhat to left.)
they took the left road. Well, maybe the left road is the right road.
is confused by her own speech.)
we’d better just see what happens.
turn in circles as they march in place; some turn in left circles, some in right circles. The Narrator is distressed.)
lost! I guess the right road was the left road after all. Hmmm, I’d better not start that again.
sighs in relief as the Hikers again march straight ahead.)
like all is right, I mean, all is well.
wonder when they will stop for lunch.
suddenly stop, keep heads and eyes straight ahead, reach into pockets, bring imaginary bits of food to lips, munch briefly,
take handkerchiefs from pockets, quickly pat lips, replace handkerchiefs, resume marching. Note: this action should be done
in unison or with as much unison as possible. The Narrator shakes her head in surprise.)
they weren’t very hungry.
A lovely lake.
wonder if they will hike around it or swim across?
sit on floor as if getting into rowboats, making rowing motions. The Narrator smiles, shrugs.)
guess that’s better than trying to hike across.
stand, resume marching.)
at that crooked trail ahead! Nothing but twists and turns!
twist and turn in various directions as they march. Note: this need not be done in unison; players twist about individually.
After a few seconds they resume their forward march. Narrator sighs.)
glad that’s over, I was getting dizzy.
like they have come to the end of the trail. I wonder what their final destination is?
speaks to Hikers.)
Happy Hikers, wait a minute.
that you have reached the end of your hike, what are you going to do next?
grim broadly, march with a higher and livelier step than before. The Narrator staggers as if fainting, painfully holds her
mean that the next thing you are going to do is march some more?
vigorously nod their heads. The Narrator apologetically speaks to the audience.)
sorry folks, but I just can’t keep up with them any longer. Good-bye.
waves to Hikers.)
a happy hike to you. Happy Hikers.
weakly exits at right. The Hikers face left, march off while keeping heads and eyes turned off stage, wave farewell to audience.)
(Small girl is sitting, crying)
Passer-by #1 - (Enters) What's
wrong little girl, why are you crying?
Girl - (Sobbing) I lost my lollipop!
Passer-by #1 - Have you looked for it?
- (Continues to sob) Oh, yes, I've looked under my bed, in my
sock drawer, and even in Susie’s pocket.
#1 - I've heard that chanting often works. You think very
hard about the lollipop until you can see it
in your mind, and chant
'lollipop' over and over again.
- (Closing eyes tightly) Big red yummy lollipop, big
red lollipop, big red yummy lollipop.
Passer-by #1 - (Nods approval and strolls out)
Girl - (Continues chanting for a while then starts crying again)
Passer-by #2 - (Enters) What's wrong, little girl?
- (Sobbing) I lost my lollipop, and I hunted and hunted, then
this lady told me to chant, and I did, and
it didn't work!
Passer-by #2 - Chanted?
Girl - Yeah, like this (Demonstrates, then starts to cry)
Passer-by #2 - Don't cry little girl.
Maybe we need more help.
- (Turns to audience) You're my only help to get my lollipop
back. Everybody, very softly now, chant with
me, "Big red yummy
lollipop, big red yummy lollipop, big red yummy
doing it in unison) Great! I think it's working, keep going
Passer-by #1 - (Re-enters) Hi little girl. Did it work?
Girl - (Loudly) No, it didn't, but I did find a whole lot of suckers!
Centre stage is a Guide fishing from a billy can or bucket, she keeps pulling the
rod as though she has something on the line. A passer-by looks at her as she walks by and then walks on, after a few steps
the passer-by comes back to the Guide.
Passer-by - "What are you doing there then?"
Fisher - "I'm fishing, what does it look as though I'm doing?"
Passer-by - "Fishing eh!, what are you fishing for?"
Fisher - "I'm fishing for suckers."
Passer-by - "Have you caught any?"
Fisher - "Yes you're the third today!"
Mrs. Melody, a pianist
The Musical Notes are lined
up facing audience. A chair is set in front of them. A few items which indicate a musical theme, such as instruments or sheet
music, may be set in the background.
we would like you to see and hear an exciting story.
story is about eight young musical notes who lived inside a piano.
to Notes who briefly and awkwardly jump up and down in unison.)
names are Do, Re, Me, Fa, Sol, La, Ti and Do. As you can see, the Notes are all played at the same time, they had not as yet
learned to take turns playing.
again jump in unison)
story is also about Mrs. Melody, a world-famous pianist.
to Mrs. Melody who enters, bows to audience, sits in chair facing Notes.)
day Mrs. Melody sat down to play a lovely piece of music.
Melody pretends to play by striking an imaginary keyboard. As the Musical Notes awkwardly jump up and down, more or less in
unison, an actual off stage pianist plays a few notes in disharmony.)
is this? What has happened?
isn’t a lovely song.
Melody. Please try again.
Melody again plays with the same discordant result.)
Mrs. Melody has not shown the musical notes how to take turns.
Melody did you notice that all the notes played at the same time? Perhaps you should show them how to take turns. Once they
know how to be take-turners, I am sure we will have a lovely song.
Melody nods. As she taps each note, one at a time and going upscale, the notes jump up in turn. The off stage pianist taps
notes accordingly. The action is then repeated downscale.)
that they are take-turners, I am sure we will have a lovely song. Try again, Mrs. Melody.
Melody plays a slow piece as the notes jump up and down. Note: They jump in any order and not in unison, much as actual notes
might move. The result is a melody!)
that is just about the end of our story. The take-turners have learned how to make a merry melody by taking turns. So they
(Music plays as Notes happily jump in rapid movements.)
play, and play.
music ends, all bow and exit.)
13. The Woman Who Didn’t Like Rain
The Woman Who Didn’t
School Children (Two or more)
Outdoors. A chair is set
stands near wing)
there once was a woman who didn’t like rain. She liked trees and rivers and flowers and lakes, but she just didn’t
like rain. She didn’t like showers nor drizzles nor downpours.
didn’t even like pitters and patters. As you can see,
to wing as Woman enters)
just didn’t like rain of any kind.
enters with a large sign reading DOWN WITH RAIN! She scowls at sky, glumly takes position alongside Narrator.)
didn’t like rain because it got her wet all over.
angrily brushes raindrops from face and shoulders.)
because it made her slip when she walked.
slips about a few steps.)
because she couldn’t go out to water her garden.
sways imaginary garden hose scowling skyward.)
the woman who didn’t like rain spent most of her time just sitting around.
sits on chair with sign propped on knees. She gestures skyward for the rain to go away.)
day as she sat in the rain, she saw a happy farmer gathering some fruits and vegetables.
enters with basket, sets it down, smiles at raining sky, digs potatoes and picks fruit, exits with heavy basket.)
also saw a gay little fish swimming in the big, big river. The river was getting even bigger and bigger because of the heavy
enters with swimming motions, swim gaily about, swims off stage.)
then she saw some youngsters having lots of fun playing in the rain.
briskly enter to perform various fun-in-the-rain stunts, such as cupping hands to catch rain, hopping over puddles, splashing
water on each other.)
little girl thought it was a good time to get clean!
girl stands stage center, pulls towel and soap from pocket, scrubs herself, without disrobing! Children exit.)
she saw that hard-working fellow, the weatherman!
solemnly enters with up raised umbrella, halts at stage center, faces audience. Three times he holds out a palm, wipes wet
hand on his coat, nods, unfolds and reveals to audience a large sheet of paper which reads, RAIN PREDICTED. He solemnly exits.)
finally the woman who didn’t like rain saw a thirsty little robin who needed a drink of rain-water.
flies in, hops about, goes through the motions of drinking from a pool, hops off stage.)
these things caused the woman who didn’t like rain to think.
thinks by peering curiously at sky.)
stands, thinks harder.)
thinks very hard by pacing the floor with head bowed and hands clasped at back.)
began to think that rain might be pretty good after all. She thought of all the good things it gave the world.
enters freezes in digging position.)
enters, holds swimming pose.)
rush in, freeze in play positions.)
enters, holds outstretched palm.)
water to drink.
flies in holds drinking pose.)
of a sudden, the woman who didn’t like rain started really to like rain. She smiled at the sky.
smiled even more.
laughs, joyously throws arms skyward.)
she went out and had fun in the rain just like everyone else!
races in turn to each of the others, briefly acts out their frozen positions, races to her sign DOWN WITH RAIN holds it up
to audience with one hand while wildly gesturing skyward for the rain to come down. As she finishes, the others exit while
acting out their roles, for example, the Farmer walks off while picking fruit. The woman gaily skips off stage while happily
holding high her sign.)
that is how the woman who once said
with rain, finally said