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The Campfire Leader

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How To Teach A Song
Sing-A-Long or Campfire?
Creating Campfire Magic
Planning Your Campfire
Campfire Planning Sheet
The Campfire Leader
Campfire Training Tool
Campfire Opening Songs
Campfire Opening Readings and Poems
Well-Known Songs
Well-Known Guiding Songs
Canadian Folk Songs
More Well-Known Folk Songs
Round Songs
Part Songs
Fun & Silly Songs
More Silly and Action Songs
Action Songs
Campfire Games
Yells & Cheers
Rousing Songs
Quiet Songs
Campfire Stories
Campfire Stories Continued
Stories, Folk Lore and Tales
Spiritual Songs
All About Campfires and Fire Starting
Indoor Campfire Ideas
Graces - Christian and Secular
Guides Own
Sample Guides Own Prepared by Guider Dusk
Singing Games and Dances
December 2014 - The Christmas Story
November 2014 - Feature Campfire - Live a Healthy Life! Food, Nutrition and Exercise.
October 2014 - Feature Campfire - Halloween
June 2014 - Feature Campfire - Pioneers
May 2014 - Feature Campfire - Garden of Life
April 2014 - Feature Campfire - Fairy Tales ... Dreams Really Do Come True!
March 2014 - Feature Campfire - Irish and Everything Green!
February 2014 - Feature - A Thinking Day Celebration - Together We Change the World
January 2014 - Feature Campfire - Sing, Sing A Song!
December 2013 - Feature Campfire - My Favorite Holiday Friends
November 2013 - Feature Campfire - Lest We Forget
October 2013 - Feature Campfire - I'm Thankful
September 2013 - Feature Campfire - Getting to Know You
June 2013 - Feature Campfire - Summer Fun!
May 2013 - Feature Campfire - As We Hike Along
April 2013 - Feature Campfire - Earth Day
March 2013 - Feature Campfire - We Can Make a Difference - Celebrating International Women's Day
February 2013 - Feature Campfire - The Klondike Gold Rush
January 2013 - Three Cheers for 100 Years - Happy Birthday Alberta Girl Guides
December 2012 - Feature Campfire - My Christmas Wish
November 2012 - Feature Campfire - Let There Be Peace On Earth
October 2012 - Feature Campfire - Autumn Is My Favorite Season
September 2012 - Feature Campfire - Make New Friends
SURPRISE! June 2012 Feature Campfire - The Olympics, One World, One Dream
May 2012 - Feature Campfire - Camping Adventures
April 2012 - Feature Campfire - April Showers Bring May Flowers
March 2012 - Feature Campfire - Soar Like An Eagle - Celebrating Native Culture!
February 2012 - Feature Campfire - A Garden of Friendship and Love
January 2012 - Feature Campfire - A Winter Night's Dream!
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        Set the mood by leading a parade silently to the campfire circle.

        Avoid announcements during the formal campfire program.

        If you’ve asked others not to use flashlights, use yours 


        If you have a theme, use some introductory comments to relate

      the song or reading to the theme.

        Choose songs familiar to the group. Campfire is not the time to

      be teaching new songs.

        Be flexible. Have a couple of songs in reserve if program is

      short or be willing to take a song or two out of the program if  

      it is too long.

        Accepts request only during an informal sing-a-long, but not

      during a formal campfire.

       When introducing a series of skits, save time by announcing the current group and having the next group ready on deck.

        If possible, screen skits. If need be, shut down a skit if it is not

      appropriate. After campfire, speak to those involved and let

      them know why it was not appropriate.

        There should be a keeper of the flame; have water bucket on


        There should be as little stoking of the fire as possible; build

      your fire so it will last the length of your campfire program. The

      keeper of the flame should stay behind after everyone has left

      to thoroughly extinguish the fire. Don’t put the fire out when the

      group are still present, but rather let them leave with the

      memory of the glowing embers and the glow of friendship.



Campfire Etiquette


        Common courtesy suggests that you should give your total

      attention to the Campfire Leader. Pockets of conversation spoil

      the mood.

        There should be no flashlights. Lights flashing across the

      campfire become distracting and destroy the mood. Let the

      campfire light the way.

        There should be no clapping or booing. Use cheers to give

      recognition for those who have performed during the campfire


        Show respect to those leading a song or performing a skit by

      paying attention and participating.

        No cooking during the campfire program.



        Share the leadership, but designate one person to be in charge.

        Designate who will lead each item and write that person’s name

      on the program beside the item. Each person leading should be

      completely familiar with the item(s) and when it comes in the


        Make sure each leader has a copy of the Campfire Program.

        Have the leaders dotted around the circle rather than sitting

      together in a group.

        Allow flashlights for Campfire Leaders only.

        Introduce each item enthusiastically and relate it to the theme.

      Do not ask the group if they would like to sing a certain song,

      tell them what song the will be singing next.

        Give a strong starting note, so that everyone can begin 

      together. It is also helpful to give the beat or tempo of the song

      with a hand beat throughout.

        Give clear instructions as to division for rounds or part singing,

      how a round will be ended, number of verses and how to play

      games. In leading a round, it is helpful for the leader to put

      themself in the last group.

        Avoid the use of song sheets, interruptions, announcements,

      eating, requests, flashlights and other things that may distract

      from the mood you are trying to create.

        Remain seated, except for action songs, games, skits or yells.

        Musical instruments such as a guitar, ukulele or recorder add

      variety. Make sure the song is suitable and that the musician

      has already been asked to play and has practiced.

        Keep the pace brisk – if a song is dragging, either speed it up

      or end it.

        Skits: Keep skits to 3 minutes or less. You may need to cut

      them off if they go longer or are in poor taste. Try to preview

      skits before placing them on the campfire plan if possible. Allow

      time for groups to prepare – let them know one or two items

      ahead. Applaud in the form of a cheer rather than clapping.

        In some cases you may have to stop an item if:

o   It is inappropriate or in poor taste.

o   The pitch of the song is poor. Correct and start over.

o   The group is not together. Draw attention and start over.

o   Different versions are being sung. Clarify and then start over.

Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another, it is the only means.
- Albert Einstein